Looking for some tips regarding my newly constructed home here in Michigan, where the weather is starting to get cold...
Everyone knows that heat rises, right? Why is my upstairs 6-10 degrees colder than my downstairs? I have a two-story, very open floor plan. In the front entryway, the ceiling extends all the way up and there's an overlook from upstairs. So, very open from bottom to top. The builder tells me the cold rooms are due to the way the house is facing, but the two rooms that are the coldest are on opposite sides of the house. Furthermore, there is air that comes in under the molding in my master bathroom, so much so that I have to roll up towels to try to block the draft. I know that has something to do with the problem in that room. But, otherwise, my son's room on the other side of the house is freezing, too. I mean, as soon as your feet hit the floor in that room it is like an icebox! He comments that his bed is like a refrigerator! That's really not very funny when you're only seven years old.
My questions are as follows: What are the causes (other than the air leakage in the bathroom; the other problem upstairs is on the other side of the house) of this significant temp. difference if heat is supposed to rise? Second, can someone tell me specifically what I should ask the builder to do to fix the air infiltration? Also, is there a way to determine if I have adequate insulation?
Sorry to ramble on, hope someone can help!
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