Helpful Ways To Keep Your Upstairs Cooler

23 December 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

If you live in a multi-story home that is supported by a single air conditioner unit, you probably know what it means to have a cool, comfortable downstairs and a sweatbox upstairs. This type of predicament doesn't have to be a life sentence. There are a number of things you can do to improve the comfort level in your home, both upstairs and downstairs.

Zoning Systems

The best long-term solution is going to be the installation of a zoning system. Zoning systems work alongside your current air conditioner unit and involve the installation of a separate thermostat in each zone of your home. They operate using motorized dampers installed inside ducts that open and close in order to pinpoint air flow to a particular space within a home.

In order to keep the upstairs cooler, when you adjust the thermostat upstairs, the ducts will open to allow for more airflow in that area. Since there is some professional labor involved, this will come with a higher cost than some other options.

Attic Insulation

Poor insulation doesn't just let air out, but it also lets air in. Focus on the insulation in your attic to help improve issues with a warmer upstairs. Insufficient insulation increases the temperature in the rooms below it, leading to your discomfort. If the upstairs rooms are colder than the rest of the house during the winter months this is a clear indication that poor insulation is the culprit.

In this instance, it's a good idea to have an HVAC tech come out to assess the level of heat conduction that is taking place through the ceiling upstairs and make any necessary improvements.  

Close Vents

If you don't use all the areas downstairs, there is no need to cool them off during the summer. Consider closing some of the vents in these spaces. By closing the vents, you inadvertently increase the air flow rate to other parts of your home. Do a quick assessment to see which rooms you don't use and go from there.

Just make sure you don't close all the vents as this will create a pressure imbalance which can actually cause a malfunction within the air conditioner system and lead to costly repairs.

If you're experiencing this type of problem in your home, make sure you are reaching out to an HVAC technician {like those at Comfortec Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd  furnaces}. A technician can inspect your home and help you determine which method is going to offer you a solution that best meets your budget and comfort needs.