Two Reasons Your Upstairs Is Hotter Than The Lower Levels In Your Home
It's common knowledge that heat rises. For this reason, if you own a two-story house, you aren't shocked that your upstairs is often warmer than the lower level areas in your home. This issue is often only exacerbated during the summer months. However, this is not an issue that you just have to accept in your home. There are a number of things you can do to better regulate the temperature in your home for both your lower and upper levels.
Make certain you aren't blocking the vents in the upstairs spaces of your home. This is especially important if you live in a home where the vents are installed on the lower part of the wall or on the floor. If furniture, rugs, curtains or another object is covering the vent, this prevents the air from properly circulating through your home. Make sure you unblock the vents.
In addition to the vents being covered, there could also be an excessive collection of dust, dirt and other debris in the vent that is limiting the air flow. An excessive buildup prevents air from flowing properly through the vent and can also be a source of irritation for any people in your home that suffer from allergies. In this case, it's a good idea to have your ducts cleaned by a professional to ensure the cool air can adequately flow through.
Another reason your upstairs is considerably warmer than the lower levels of your home could be that your system is not sufficiently sized to meet the needs of your home. In addition to the size of your home, the configuration of your home also plays a role in determining what size unit is necessary to accommodate your cooling needs.
This is especially true if the upper level of your home wasn't a part of the original construction of your home. In this case, you need to either add an additional unit to service the upper level of your home or invest in a dual-zone unit. With two separate units, one will be operated for the lower level and the other unit will be for the upper level. Dual-zone units are designed to provide air to two different ductwork units, instead of the traditional one ductwork configuration.
If an excessively warm upstairs is in an issue in your home, an air conditioning professional like one from Bill's Plumbing Heating & Air can assist you with this matter. Don't let heat consume your upstairs.