A home with high ceilings can look grand, but it also can produce a grand-sized power bill. Heat rises, and when there is a lot of space to cover, the unused space in a high ceiling will be nice and toasty while the ground level will end up being cold. In order to combat this common problem, a few techniques must be utilized. In addition to helping keep surface areas warm, these techniques also will help homeowners save on their heating costs.
Close off any rooms that are not in use. In order to direct more heat into the living space and used space of the home, it is important to close off any vents in unused areas or rooms.
Install a ceiling fan. When operated in the reverse direction during winter months, a ceiling fan will force the warmed air downward and help it circulate throughout the home. For summer months, fans can be run in the other direction to help cool the air.
Consider radiant heat. Unlike traditional forced air furnaces that push warmed air through a space, radiant heat will heat the objects in a room first rather than the air. This helps maintain a set temperature at the ground level of a home, instead of heating wasted space above.
Purchase a ceiling fan heater. If the above techniques are still not helping heat the space under high ceilings, a ceiling fan heater may be the best option. These are small heaters that are installed directly under the mechanism of a ceiling fan. The blades are still run in the reverse direction and the heated air is pushed toward the floor. This is typically a good option in very large spaces.
Install in-floor heating. This type of heating functions by circulating warm water through a tubing system installed underneath the floor. Again, because it does not rely on forced air, less energy is wasted by heating unused spaces. While the installation cost is higher, this is an efficient heating system when used properly.