The room above your garage, often called a bonus room, is excellent for a home office or extra bedroom. No matter how you’re using it, however, you need to make sure it doesn’t get too cold in the winter. Even if you have a robust forced-air furnace system, this is the room that’s most likely to leave you with chills and cold toes.

The good news, however, is that you can keep this room warm all winter long. And, you can do it safely and without making a massive impact on your energy bills during the coldest months of the year.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • Why Bonus Rooms Are Tough To Heat
  • Ways To Heat Cold Rooms In The House

Then, we’ll give our recommendation for the best option institutions like these.

As you’re reading, you may have some questions. Or, you’d like to consider one of these options for your York, PA home. If so, call or email us here at Snowflake Air! We’re here to help keep your home in the Treasure Valley warm and comfortable all winter long.

Three Reasons The Bonus Room Above A Garage Is Tough To Heat

Why is that room above your garage always colder in the winter than any other spot in the house? The three main reasons are:

    1. Heat Escapes Through The Roof
    2. Less Insulation And Nearby Heat
    3. Thermostat And Furnace Are Far Away

Heat Escapes Through The Roof

You’d think that, since hot air rises, the second floor would be the warmest spot in the house! Well, it is in the summer. But, in the winter, the problem is that it keeps on rising until it’s no longer inside.

Heat naturally gravitates toward cold pockets. It’s why “Close the window, you’re letting in the cold” should really be, “Close the window, you’re letting out the heat.”

As the heat enters a room on the second floor, it rises and then finds any opening to continue moving toward the coldest air — which is outside.

Less Insulation And Nearby Heat

Next, this room is not as insulated or warmed as other parts of your house — even other areas on the second floor.

The big reason is that the garage isn’t heated. Rooms above other living spaces benefit from the heat in the dining room, kitchen, and family room traveling up to them. The garage offers no warmth, and the cold area draws some of the heat your room needs.

Thermostat And Furnace Are Far Away

Finally, you have a thermostat regulating the temperature based on the first floor. If your room is too cold, it stays that way. Once the room with the thermostat is warm enough, the system shuts off.

Meanwhile, the further you are from the furnace, the weaker circulation you get. Forced air can only go so far before losing pressure.

The distance from the thermostat and furnace are problems for most second-floor rooms. But, with the extra challenges of a bonus room, these spaces get it the worst.

So, what can you do about it?

Three Ways To Heat Cold Rooms In The House

If your furnace can’t do the job for that one cold room in your house, you have three real options to choose from. We’re not including space heaters because they’re expensive to run and dangerous if you leave them unattended. After that, you can consider:

  1. Radiant Floor Heating
  2. Baseboard Heating
  3. Ductless Mini Split

Spoiler alert! We almost always recommend ductless. Yes, it’s our specialty – but it’s our specialty because it works so well. Still, we’ll walk you through all three.

Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a great option, but you need to install it when you are finishing the room. Otherwise, you have to rip up the floor and put down new carpet or other flooring.

It’s a form of electric heat where coils rest safely in the subfloor and warm the ground. Since heat rises, it eventually fills the whole room.

Baseboard Heating

Another way to treat a single room is with a baseboard heater. They’re pretty easy to install, and in a lot of cases, they work pretty well.

But, they’re not great if you have pets or small children that can get too close. And they cost a lot to run.

Ductless Mini Split

A ductless mini split can be expensive upfront, but it can be worth the money in a case like this. With this setup, you get a heat pump outside and an air handler that circulates and warms the air in the room.

The handler has its own thermostat, so you get accurate readings. And, they’re super-efficient! The upfront cost is a little steep, but after that, it barely makes any impact on your electric bill.

Plus, installation is straightforward, unlike radiant. And, it’s more efficient and effective than baseboard heaters.

Finally, you don’t have to limit it to one room. Each heat pump can accommodate up to eight air handlers. So, if you like how that one room turned out, you can add more parts of the house onto the system.

Ductless Heating And Cooling In Kuna, ID

We’ve written quite a few articles already on ductless heating and cooling, which you can read here and here. Take a look, and let us know if you have any questions about ductless heating and cooling for your Kuna, ID home! Starting with a free consultation, we’re happy to help you learn more and decide if a mini split is the right choice for your home.