Cooling Upstairs: 3 Reasons It Might Not Be Cooling Properly

When you walk upstairs on a hot day, does it seem like it’s 5, 10, or even 15 degrees hotter upstairs 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. Cooling upstairs can be hard to achieve a consistent temperature between both levels. In some cases, it may require a zoned system with multiple thermostats to cool the upstairs.

Cooling Upstairs – here are some tips:

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.  This will make it warm and uncomfortable upstairs while cooler downstairs. if you have attic access check your attic insulation and make sure it is the recommended level.
  • Leaky air ducts — It is possible that the air ducts connected to your upstairs are leaking out cold air.  Call a service person from Sanders & Johnson to check your duct work.  By doing this it will keep your AC cooling the second floor effectively.
  • Your attic is too hot —   .Did you know that your attic tramps heat?  Do you have good ventilation to the outside? This tip goes hand-in-hand with the first point. The trapped heat in a properly insulated attic can still affect your upstairs temperature.  You can Install 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.

For all your Denver air conditioning maintenance and repair needs, trust the experienced team at Sanders & Johnson.  Call us today!

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