The autumn season in Canada can get chilly quickly. One moment we’re enjoying ice-cold drinks on a patio, and the next, we’re sipping lattes wearing our coziest sweaters. Our hot evenings suddenly feel cool, making Canadians scramble to pull out their blankets and turn on their furnaces to keep warm. While most rooms will likely feel warm rather quickly once the furnace starts purring, any rooms with cathedral ceilings or vaulted ceilings in your home, such as your living room, will take longer to warm up and could feel chilly at ground level.

 

The Difficulty with Vaulted Ceilings

It’s relatively common knowledge that heat rises upwards, especially in enclosed spaces. You may have noticed that your upper floors can become unbearably hot during hot summer months while your basement is refreshingly cool. If your main rooms have high ceilings, the heat rising might feel nice in the summer, but once fall begins to creep in, you’ll want your heat to remain where you are. Here are some tips to help heat your home with high ceilings.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans help circulate air throughout your home. While they can help the room feel more relaxed in the summer, they can also help warm up a room in the winter. When the hot air from your vents naturally drifts upwards in rooms with high ceilings, the motion of the fan helps to drive the air back down to where you can feel and enjoy it. Because ceiling fans are beneficial in all seasons, they are a great addition to your home, even if you have a central air conditioner.

Radiant Heat

An alternative to central air heating is a radiant heat system. Instead of pushing warm air through ducts and vents in your home to maintain a certain overall temperature, radiant systems fill each room with heat and can be adjusted according to your preference for that room. Many customers enjoy radiant heating as an alternative because it doesn’t spread dust and allergens the way forced air does. Radiant heat also takes longer to rise because there is no fan pushing it into the air. When you pair radiant heat with ceiling fans, you’ll notice a significant difference in the warmth of your rooms with high ceilings.

In-Floor Heating

Another strategy for heating a room with vaulted ceilings is to install an in-floor heating system, especially in Canadian winters. There’s something immensely satisfying about waking up in a house with cool air and walking barefoot into a room with radiant floor heating. The heat beneath your feet will also rise more slowly, surrounding you with heat at ground level.

Close Doors to Keep Warm Air In

One simple trick that can help keep as much hot air in a room as possible is to close off the exit doors. If you have a room in your house with high ceilings that joins several other rooms with doors, keep those doors closed. This traps warm air in a smaller space, preventing it from escaping to the rest of your house. Open floor plans in homes make this strategy harder to implement, but it’s something to keep in mind when possible.

 

HVAC Specialists in Edmonton, Alberta

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got solutions. From making your home more energy efficient to keeping your rooms warm during the winter and cool during the summer, we’re your HVAC experts in Edmonton. Get in touch with Max Heating & Air Conditioning to set up an appointment or get a free quote online on our website.