Chilly Kitchen Solution

I recently redid my kitchen which included raising the ceiling to the roof and installing a large skylight. Since then the upstairs area of the kitchen and surrounding rooms seem colder. Could it be when the contractor did this construction he didn't insulate properly?? Is there a way to fix this? 
mrrx007 1-7-07 10:37pm

Hummm, well, a couple of things come to mind.  First you say you raised the ceiling.  Therefore I'm guessing you took a flat ceiling which had, maybe, 10 inches of insulation on the unfinished side and replaced that with the 6 inches of insulation you'd have been able to fit inside roof rafters that now form the ceiling.  If this is the case, then even in a perfect world, you chopped your insulation in half.  Hence, you now need more heat to make up for the loss of insulation.

Second, you added a "large skylight."  Skylights, or even windows for that matter, can create a feeling of drafts by virtue of the convective air-flow pattern that occurs around them.  As the warm air in your kitchen rises, it strikes the cold skylight glass, then chills and falls.  This convective loop can leave you feeling a draft where none really exists.

Adding these two educated guesses up, I'm thinking your contractor is not at fault here, unless he shares a bit of the blame for not recommending additional heat.  I do have one simple solution for you that may solve the comfort issue.  Install a Reiker Room Conditioner, which is a ceiling fan that heats.  I put one in my hard to heat kitchen and it really took the chill off those cold mornings. 

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