Pros and Cons of High Ceilings

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

Did you guess that high ceilings can affect your heating, ventilation, and A/C plan and utility bills? A higher ceiling increases the 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 move from a condo with low ceilings to a unit with cathedral ceilings, which will result in higher utility bills. One way to compensate for the elevated ceilings is to install a correct-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 HVAC duct, high ceilings can also reduce the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and A/C system. It’s crucial to remember that hot air always rises, and that in the winter most of your home’s heat will drift to the ceiling. It is honestly likely that in the summer, the air conditioner will have to work much harder to keep the extra room 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 extra heat from the ceiling. As a result, a better build-up of cool air can be achieved. But, in the winter you’ll 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 be cooler in the summer, reverse the direction of the fan’s rotation to create a breeze that will cool you down.

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