My rooms over my garage are hot in summer and cold in winter. I moved into home in May 2011 and we built it. What can I do to improve this situation. We live in Michigan
Ceiling, Walls and under flooring would be a start.
Check your local recommendations for the Rvalues for your zipcode. OwensCorning and other insulation sites will have this information.
If you have forced air HVAC the system may need to be balanced to get more air to your second floor. Around here we generally have two HVAC systems in 2 story homes over 2000 square feet, especially if they were built in the last 15 or 20 years.
My last house had a single "gas pack" system and the second floor was always too hot in the summer and chilly in the winter. Current house has 2 systems and we can keep both exactly where we want them.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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