In a two-story home, it’s often the case that the upstairs rooms are warmer during the hot summer months. Even if you have a good air conditioning system in place, you might find that the upstairs is still too warm while the downstairs is nice and comfortable. Of course, this issue is due in large part to the fact that hot air rises as compared to cooler air, but there are steps you can take to minimize the difference between the two levels.
The article below contains some helpful tips on how to keep the 2nd floor cooler. Remember that each home is different, so you might need to experiment with a few of these solutions before you can figure out exactly what is going to work best for your house. And, if you need any help with your air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to schedule an appointment.
Check on the Basics
As a starting point, it’s a good idea to check on some basic elements that could be causing your second floor to be warmer than you would like. These are the kinds of things that are easy to evaluate and fix on your own, so you might as well start here before looking into more complex, involved solutions.
- Check vent settings. This is a great place to start because it’s perhaps the best way to even out the cooling you get throughout the house. Find the vents that allow air to flow into the rooms and check to see if they are open, closed, or partially closed. Typically, these vents will allow you to adjust the setting to control how much air is able to flow into the space. In an effort to even things out, make sure all of the vents in your upstairs rooms are wide open and turn some of the downstairs vents into a slightly closed (but not fully closed position). Let the system run this way for a while and see if you get better results. It might take some ongoing adjustment but you may find that making some vent changes is all that is needed to get the results you desire.
- Run your fan. There is a fan within your HVAC system that you can choose to leave on or have turned on each time the system kicks on to make cool air. Most homeowners keep the fan on “Auto”, which is fine – but you might get better results with the fan just “On” so it can keep the air moving around the house freely. Again here, you’ll want to experiment with this idea to see how it performs before trying other things.
- Install a fresh filter. You might already know that keeping your air filter fresh is one of the best things you can do for your HVAC system. Particularly in the middle of a hot summer when your air conditioner is working overtime, be sure to change the filter regularly to help improve AC performance. You might find that cooler performance is lackluster upstairs when the filter is old and dirty, but quickly improves after you switch it out for a new one. This is an affordable and easy fix, so it’s another one that is worth a try. Also, in addition to performance concerns, changing the filter often is good for the health of your system, so this is a win all the way around.
Other Possibilities for How to Keep the 2nd Floor Cooler
If you go through some of the basics like those mentioned above and you still aren’t getting good results, it might be time to consider some other options. For one thing, having your HVAC system serviced by an experienced team like the one at Walker could give you an immediate performance boost. And, during the servicing process, if any issues are found in the system, those can be repaired for even better results.
Also, it could be that your current equipment is simply not powerful enough to cool down the entire home. In that case, you’ll want to consider your options for upgrading to more powerful gear that can cool both floors of the home effectively on even the hottest of summer days.
It’s frustrating to feel like you don’t want to use the upstairs rooms in your home during the summer months because they are so much warmer than the rest of the house. We hope the ideas above help you even out the temperature between floors in your home so the whole space is comfortable once again. If you think you are having issues with your air conditioning reach out today.