Pros and Cons of High Ceilings

You can show off lovely craftsmanship and features such as exposed beams, skylights, and chandeliers in a crib with vaulted or cathedral ceilings.

Do you think that high ceilings can affect your heating, ventilation and A/C unit and energy bills? A higher ceiling increases the critical area that can be heated or cooled by your heating, ventilation and A/C system.

You can expect your system’s workload to increase if you have moved from a condo with low ceilings to a unit with cathedral ceilings, which will result in higher energy bills. One way to compensate for the elevated ceilings is to install a properly-sized heating, ventilation and A/C system. Consider square footage, ceiling height, and other factors when sizing the system. Due to the design of the ductwork, high ceilings can also reduce the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and A/C system. It’s pressing to remember that hot air always rises and in the winter most of your home’s heat will drift to the ceiling. It is unquestionably likely that in the summer, the A/C will have to work harder to keep the extra area cool. If you do not want to give up your high-level ceiling, you can work with a professional to install a low- and high-return air register in the room, instead of taking down your high-level ceiling. In the summer, you can shut down the lower return with dampers or magnetic covers and allow the high return to remove heat from the ceiling. As a result, a better build-up of cool air can be achieved. In the winter, however, you will need to do the opposite. The purpose of ceiling fans is to help distribute heated or cooled air more efficiently in rooms that have high ceilings. In the winter, run the fan blades in a clockwise direction so that heat from the ceiling can be removed and pushed downward by the fan. When you want to feel cooler in the summer, reverse the direction of the fan’s rotation to create a breeze that will cool you down. Good luck!
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