Bonus rooms are great spaces to have. That room over the garage gives you a lot more value than empty attic space! Here in our central Ohio climate, bonus room comfort levels can leave you cold. Or hot. Or both. Greene Solutions is often asked to help homeowners find a solution to comfort and energy use problems in bonus rooms.
Room Over Garage Comfort Problems
The problems found in bonus rooms/rooms over garages are mainly to do with home thermal comfort. There are three main problems that cause you discomfort in a bonus room:
The bonus room is different than most of the rest of your house. It needs to have much better insulation and air sealing than the rest of the house for three reasons. First, the whole floor is over an unheated space, so it’s exposed to temperature extremes on every surface except the one that attaches it to the rest of the house. Second, it’s typically at the far end of the ductwork in your house, and so your HVAC system has to work harder to keep the comfort level even. Third, it is over a space where exhaust fumes and other pollutants from your car and stored items are trapped. You do not want carbon monoxide and VOCs ruining the air quality in your home!
Greene Solutions can test your house, then do the air sealing, insulation and duct sealing work to fix the comfort, health and energy related problems of your bonus room. Our team of building science experts loves nothing more than tackling a challenge. Bonus rooms are a good challenge, and we pride ourselves at being excellent at finding cost-effective solutions for your comfort, health and energy woes.
Duct sealing and improving the air sealing and insulation of the floor, walls and ceiling of your bonus room/room over garage can really help improve your home energy savings and comfort levels at the same time in Columbus and central Ohio.