When you walk upstairs on a hot day, does it seem like it’s 5, 10, or even 15 degrees hotter up there than downstairs? You can’t turn the thermostat all the way down without freezing out the downstairs and running up your electricity bill, so what can you do?
Unfortunately, this is a common dilemma for owners of two-story homes. Achieving a consistent temperature between both levels is difficult, and in some cases, it may require a zoned system with multiple thermostats.
But before you can determine what needs to be done to fix the problem, let’s take a look at some of the common reasons for a warm, difficult-to-cool upstairs.
- Under-insulated attic — If your attic isn’t insulated properly, the heat that’s beating down on your roof all day long will seep through the attic and into the upstairs area, making it warm and uncomfortable. Make sure your attic insulation is up to the recommended level.
- Leaky air ducts — It’s possible that the ducts connected to your upstairs are leaking out cold air, keeping your AC from cooling the second floor effectively.
- Your attic is too hot — While this goes somewhat hand-in-hand with the first point, the trapped heat in a properly insulated attic can still affect your upstairs temperature. Installing a large attic fan can help cool the attic and your upstairs.
Upstairs temperatures can become more tolerable if you run the blower on the air handler continuously. On the thermostat there is a switch for the blower “Auto” / “On”. Turn it to the “On” position. The furnace or AC will still cycle with the temperature but constantly mixing the air will keep the temperature more consistent.
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