Why won’t my upstairs living areas cool down?
The reason for the uneven temperatures in your home can vary depending on when your home was built and how often you have your HVAC system serviced as part of routine maintenance. When the outdoor temperature rises, the quality of your home’s insulation and HVAC system are the only things keeping the heat at bay;
- Since heat rises, the warmth in your home will naturally end up in the second story living areas.
- The heat that is absorbed by your roof will make its way through the attic and into your upstairs living areas unless there is adequate ventilation and insulation to stop it.
- Since your thermostat is likely located downstairs, your HVAC unit will think the temperature is right and won’t kick on when the upstairs starts getting too warm.
- If your ductwork is leaking, or is the wrong size, the cool air produced by your HVAC unit might not be adequately circulated upstairs.
- Your HVAC unit is not the right size.
Depending on how high the outdoor air temperatures are, there is a limit to how much cooler you can expect the interior of your home to be. Some differentiation in temperature between the upstairs and downstairs is unavoidable and to be expected, but you can make some changes to reduce how drastic the temperature difference is.
Quick Fixes and Big Plays
Some solutions to the uneven cooling you’re experiencing are relatively simple. By keeping blinds or curtains closed as often as possible, you’ll keep some of the heat from sunlight out of your upstairs. You can also check the seals around windows to ensure no hot air is creeping through.
If these don’t help, you may want to have an expert check your attic insulation and ventilation. The soffit vents in your attic allow hot air to exit your home, which will help keep the air temperature inside the attic close to the outdoor air temperature. Without proper ventilation the interior of your attic can effectively become an oven with higher temperatures than the outdoor air. If you don’t have proper ventilation and insulation this air will make its way into your home.
If you’re concerned that the issues are related to your HVAC system, you’ll likely want your local experts to come out and take a look. Every home is different, so a hands-on approach will allow them to give you more specific and helpful feedback. They’ll check your system to ensure everything is functioning properly, as well as checking your ductwork to make sure there aren’t any leaks wasting your bought air.
To schedule your Spring maintenance or have your HVAC system evaluated, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning in Port Orange, Florida today.