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How To Keep Your Second Floor Cooler

How To Keep Your Second Floor Cooler

When the punishing rays of summer start to tax your air conditioner, the desperation for any way to make the house cooler goes up. Things go from bad to worse for those who don't have the luxury of a room on the first floor. Heat tends to rise, meaning all of the warmth absorbed by the first-floor eventually makes its way to the second floor. This unfortunate reality of physics can't be avoided, but you can take some small measures to make life more bearable on the second-floor.

Shrink Vent Openings on the First-Floor

To keep home building costs down, most modern houses are built with a centralized HVAC system with sensors on the first floor and the equipment on the first floor as well or in the basement. Because of this design, the cool air that the second-floor residents are eagerly waiting for is mostly spent on the first floor. If there is only one thermostat for the system, this can lead to the AC turning off because it thinks the temperature is fine while the second floor is a sweltering inferno.

Fortunately, cutting down on this effect is relatively simple. Just slightly close some of the vents on the first-floor, especially those in cooler or unused spaces. That air will be redirected upwards, resulting in a more proper distribution of the cool air throughout your home.

Fortunately, cutting down on this effect is relatively simple. Just slightly close some of the vents on the first-floor, especially those in cooler or unused spaces. That air will be redirected upwards, resulting in a more proper distribution of the cool air throughout your home.

Check the Insulation in the Attic

As the heat in your home rises, it eventually makes its way into the attic. While this should let the heat from the second-floor escape, a poorly insulated attic is going to collect heat from both the home and outside. Since the attic receives none of the cool air from your HVAC system, it can easily rise twenty or more degrees in temperature compared to the weather outside. Although heat tends to rise, it also tends to flow from areas of higher heat to areas with lower heat, meaning the attic will act like an electric blanket over the second-floor.

A lack of insulation in the attic, whether because of nesting animals or it never existing in the first place, is also an easy problem to fix. Insulation can be purchased in packs that are stapled into place in less than a minute. Patch any gaps in the coverage to seal off the attic from one side of the heated assault.

Examine Your Home's HVAC System

If tapping down the first-floor vents and properly insulating your attic don't solve your second-floor heating woes, then it's time to call for help. The HVAC specialists at Kimbro Air know how homes live and breathe, so you can count on them to identify and repair any issues with your home's HVAC system that may be contributing to the uncomfortable situation. You still have time to solve these issues before summer gets into full swing, so call for a consultation now!

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