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Solutions for When It Is Hotter Upstairs than Downstairs

Family of 4 sitting on staircase inside their homeWith temperatures steadily in the high 80’s and low 90’s the last couple of weeks, it goes without saying that you need a reliable cooling system in your home. If you are unable to get completely comfortable in your whole house, however, no matter what temperature you have your thermostat set to, then clearly something needs to change.

Perhaps you think nothing can be done about this, particularly if you’ve already had air conditioning services in Canton, GA completed and nothing has improved your comfort level. Heat rises, so most heat will collect on the second floor. But that doesn’t mean you need to suffer! Our professionally trained technicians have numerous ways to help you evenly cool your home, so if you have an unpleasantly hot upstairs, keep reading to learn about some of these solutions.

What Causes Hot Upper Floors?

Before we get to possible solutions, it’s important to understand why homes have problems with hot upper floors, to begin with. Unfortunately, many older homes were designed in such a way and equipped with low-efficiency air conditioning systems initially so that insufficient amounts of conditioned air aren’t adequately reaching the top floors.

The problem can also be from aging and breached ductwork, allowing the cool air to escape before it even has a chance to reach your upstairs rooms. Or, the air ducts may have inferior insulation, permitting heat to enter the ducts and warm up the air.

And Now, the Solutions

As mentioned above, we have a number of methods to fix a home that has a hot upper floor. Keep reading to learn more:

  • New AC Installation: Truthfully, sometimes the heart of the problem is that you simply have an aging cooling system that cannot work as efficiently as it once did. If your cooling system isn’t powerful enough to cool your whole home, then our pros will perform what’s called a load calculation and determine what size air conditioner is necessary to handle the job. Then, we’ll install it in such a way that you can rely on it to effectively cool your entire living space. Keep in mind, professional installation is important to not only ensure your new system isn’t too small, but also that it isn’t too large, as this can create just as many problems.
  • Invest in a Zone Control System: A zone control system involves the installation of various dampers right into your ductwork. These dampers and their individual thermostats allow you to create different temperatures in each zone of your home. You can have as many zones as there are rooms in your house, or you can have just two—one downstairs and one upstairs. This helps with efficiency too, since you won’t have to pay to condition your entire home when you have unoccupied rooms.
  • Install a Ductless System: If you decide to go with a new cooling system installation, then you’d do well to consider a ductless system installation. Ductless systems eliminate many of the indoor air quality problems that can come with a ducted system, but they also allow for zoned cooling and heating just by design.
  • Ductwork Repairs: Let’s say you have a ducted system—as we mentioned above, damaged air ducts can contribute to the loss of conditioned air. Sometimes improving your cooling efficiency or the cooling power of your air conditioner is as simple as determining if you have breached ductwork, and then taking the necessary steps to have them professionally repaired.

Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC 7 days a week for a personalized response to your needs. If we don’t have the answer, we will find it for you!