It's Winter, My House is Hot Upstairs and Cold Downstairs
by The Cooling Company, on Dec 16, 2015 2:28:52 AM
Maintaining a consistent temperature throughout every room in your house is no easy feat. There are countless variables that will affect the temperature in each part of a home, and this is especially true in buildings with two stories. Here is a look at some of the reasons that your two-story home might have uneven heating and what you can do about it.
Common Causes of Uneven Heating
Before investing in a zoned heating and cooling system, you and your HVAC technician should first look for:
Properly insulating a home could cut down on a homeowner's heating and cooling costs by as much as 15 percent. In addition to saving you money, proper insulation will also maintain the temperature of a home in a much more efficient manner. If you can see the floor joists in your attic, then it is time for new insulation.
Damaged Air Ducts
A damaged or improperly installed air duct can wreak havoc on your family's comfort. Your furnace and AC will be forced to work much harder, and it will be nearly impossible to match the temperature between rooms. Our technicians can inspect your ducts and then make repairs if any damage is found.
Blocked Indoor or Outdoor Vents
Many families will close off indoor vents when the weather begins to change and then forget to open those vents next year. After inspecting the indoor vents, you should then look for any outdoor vents (soffit vents) leading into the attic that have been blocked by insulation, foliage, or bird nests.
Invest in a Zoned System
A zoned HVAC system divides your home into two or more sections, and this will give you much more control over the temperature on each floor. Instead of installing a second AC unit or furnace, these systems actually use multiple thermostats and electronic dampers to control where the air is going. Thermostats are strategically placed on both floors and will send information back to the dampers (valves) to regulate the airflow.
Zoned HVAC systems can be a large investment, but they might be necessary if all other options have been exhausted. When combined with programmable thermostats, you and your family will be given an incredible amount of control over exactly when your HVAC system is on and the temperature of each zone.
Contact The Cooling Company Today
If you have trouble keeping your home cool during the summer or warm during the winter, our experienced technicians are ready to help. Please feel free to contact The Cooling Company today for new installations, seasonal HVAC maintenance, emergency repairs, and more.