Does your home have two floors, but the second floor always feels hot during the summer? If so, there are a few ways that you can cool down the home when your HVAC system doesn't seem to do the trick.
Block Off The Sun During The Day
Solar heat gain can occur when the sun is allowed to come in all day long and heat up your home. The first thing you can do is close the window curtains on your second floor to prevent the hot sun from heating up your home during the day. This could help lower the temperature of those rooms by a few degrees, which will make it feel even cooler at night when you are in those rooms.
Shut Off Vents Downstairs
You may be paying money to cool down rooms that you don't even occupy at night. If your HVAC system is located in the basement, the air will flow upwards through your home to reach the vents located on the second floor. If most of the air leaves these first floor vents, you will see less cold air make it to the second floor. Try closing off those first floor vents at night and see if it makes a difference.
Install A Smart Thermostat With Room Sensors
The problem with a traditional thermostat is that it only reads the temperature in the room the thermostat is located. If the thermostat is located on the first floor, it is not accurately reading the temperatures on the second floor.
Thankfully, there are smart thermostats available that have remote sensors you can put in different rooms of your home. You can allow the thermostat to base the temperature on the remote sensors on the second floor at night when you are using those rooms, and the first floor sensors during the day where you spend most of your time.
Fix Air Duct Leaks
Your second floor may be warmer because air is escaping through your ductwork before it reaches the rooms. Contact an HVAC technician about repairing these leaks without opening up your walls. It can be done with a spray adhesive that will seal the ductwork from the inside, no longer allowing air to escape into the space between walls where it is causing energy inefficiencies.
For more tips on how to cool down that hot second floor, speak to a local HVAC contractor.
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