In our previous blog, “Why is My Home Warmer Upstairs Than It Is Downstairs” we covered a lot about the science behind the issue and other possible causes. If you have notice that your upstairs is becoming unbearable, then there are a few things you can do to help balance the temperature of your home both upstairs and downstairs. Here are some things you can try yourself before calling a professional:
- Keep air filters clean and changed regularly – this is almost always going to be part of the solution to any air conditioning issue, and in this case dirty filters will further restrict airflow through your home, so keeping them clean and changed regularly will help cool air flow completely throughout your home.
- Redirect air flow – there are some things you can do to help encourage the redirection of the airflow up towards the second floor of your home. If you have a basement and can locate the dampers on your systems ducts, you can close them halfway down which will push more airflow up towards the second floor. If you can’t locate the dampers, you can also try closing some (but not all) of your first floor’s air vents down either partially or completely, which will also help push more air up towards the second floor.
- Keep upstairs air vents clear – simply redirecting airflow up towards the second floor is not going to help if your upstairs air vents are blocked or closed, so make sure that all upstairs air vents are open and that there is nothing blocking them, like furniture.
- Check windows – a crack, hole, or gap in your window may not be a big deal during the cooler months of the year, but during the warmer months you will definitely want to make sure all windows are properly sealed to prevent warm air from seeping in. You also can use blackout, room darkening shades over your windows to help keep your home cooler.
- Switch the fan setting on your thermostat from “auto” to “on” – this will keep the fan running constantly, which will pull the cooler air from downstairs to upstairs. But be aware that keeping the fan running at all times will increase the humidity in your home, so check to see if the added humidity affects your comfort.
If you have done everything that you can to help keep your upstairs cool but are still finding that your upstairs is significantly warmer than your downstairs, then it is time to call the professionals!
The best way to solve an issue with the upstairs of your home being warmer than the downstairs part of your home is to use a zoned system. A zoned system divides your home into at least two heating and cooling zones (the upstairs and the downstairs) so you can control how they are cooled and heated and adjust each zone to a different temperature if needed.
The professionals at C & S A/C Services can complete an annual checkup on your home’s HVAC system, look for any maintenance that needs to be completed, and check your home for anything that may be hindering airflow upstairs. We can also help you to setup a new zoned system in your home if you would like to make changes to improve the airflow to the upstairs of your home.