You’ve probably heard that hot air rises, and it’s true—the warmer air “settles” nearer the top of your house, leaving the areas closest to the floor cooler. If you live in a second-story home, though, you’re often left with an uncomfortable upper floor as a result. This isn’t always an easy problem to fix, with or without a professional checking on your air conditioning system, but there are ways to help remedy the problem. Read on to discover what they are.
Find the Source
You’ll be best off figuring out where the main problems stems, so that you can eliminate the problem completely. Is it that your HVAC unit is on the first floor and can’t cool the second as well? Is it your roof, since it’s probably absorbing heat from the sun? Is your home not well-insulated? Sometimes the issue comes from more than one source, but you might not be able to tell until you give your home and systems a good scan.
Control Air Flow
There are a number of ways to manipulate your air conditioning unit to keep the house cooler, but it’s up to you to figure out which is best. You can start by partially closing the HVAC unit’s registers blowing air to the first floor, which should redirect some of it to the second floor for a better balance. The system’s dampers can also be semi-closed to help, so long as you can find and access them. It’s also a good idea to clean your home’s air filters, or replace them if they’re old enough, since dirty ones will restrict some flow.
Adjust the Thermostat
The settings on your thermostat have an effect on how cool your floors get. It’s good to keep your HVAC’s blower fan on constantly to keep air circulating on every floor, as opposed to leaving it on “auto.” It could end up lowering energy usage, as well, since your HVAC won’t have to cycle air as much.
Address Secondary Sources
Open windows and drapes can allow extra heat to get inside an area, your second floor included; closing them increases insulation to keep it out. If you have ceiling fans, they can help keep air moving and feeling cooler instead of letting hot air pool in a room. Be sure to check the insulation around the upper floor, as well as your attic if you have one, since poor ventilation can make the problem worse.
Consider Other Equipment
If checking the unit ducts and closing off additional heat sources doesn’t do it, you have one other recourse: buying new air conditioning machines to assist the current one. This can come in the form of window A/C units, ductless mini-split conditioners, or a second HVAC unit if the need arises. So long as there isn’t a more major problem at play, these can work wonders on your home temperatures.
You may have to end up calling a professional and make big overhauls to your home, but these tips can nonetheless mitigate the heat staying on the second floor. With it at bay, you can enjoy all levels of your home.
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May 25, 2017