The resale house I bought is a 2-story colonial plus basement. There's the
main rectangle of all three levels. Connected to this on the first floor is
a 3-car garage on the front and the family room behind it. Above both is
the master bedroom, which has a cathedral, sloped ceiling following the roof
line. It's roof is connected to the main roof, and is not quite as high up.
We have two closets in the master bedroom on the front side. They are
narrow and long, and the master bedroom roof slope is very prominent in the
closets. One of the closets has a rectangular panel covering an opening to
a crawl/storage space.
After having lived here awhile, I finally opened this panel to find a nice
storage area, insulated, with floorboards neatly covering the insulation.
The storage area spans the entire length in front of both closets.
I noticed there are rectangular solid pieces of insulation (look like pink
styrofoam) laid on top of each of the soffits in this storage area. Above,
there are blue channels (for lack of knowing the correct term) shoved into
the insulation, presumably to allow for air flow coming up from the soffits
to go above the bedroom ceiling up to the ridge vent.
Shouldn't the soffits be uncovered and allowed to let air in?
I should say our room is hotter than the rest of the upstairs in summer,
colder in winter, and our closets brutally so.
Would removing these styrofoam blocks and uncovering the soffits help?
Further, is this most likely the prime cause of the closets being hot in the
summer, cold in the winter?
On the other hand, since the closets are already very cold in winter, would
letting cold outdoor air flow into the crawl space through the soffits make
this space, the closets, and the master bedroom even colder?