It stinks. So what can you do?
We’ll give you 4 different solutions (some of which can work together) that will help your upstairs chill out.
Here’s something most homeowners don’t know: Much of the cold air your air conditioner supplies through your air ducts does not make it to your upstairs, much less to the rest of your home.
According to ENERGYSTAR, the typical home loses 20% to 30% of the air that moves through the duct system because of:
The result? You have higher utility bills and difficulty keeping your house comfortable. So any issues with your air duct system may be one reason your upstairs is so hot.
Have a professional air conditioner contractor examine your ducts and seal them if necessary.
Attic insulation acts as a barrier to keep heat out of your home during the summer.
But if the upstairs is unbearably hot, your home may not have enough insulation. This problem is common in an older home, according to the U.S department of Energy.
Use this ENERGY STAR guide to determine:
Let’s assume your ducts are fine and you have enough insulation. Now what?
Consider zoning. It’s a method that lets your current central air conditioner separately cool different parts (or “zones”) of your home to different temperatures. Each zone gets its own thermostat.
For example, let’s say you’re sleeping downstairs and your guests sleep upstairs. You can have a thermostat upstairs set at 72 degrees and the thermostat downstairs set at 78 degrees. A zoned air conditioning system can supply air to each of those areas until both those temperature settings at met.
So, how does zoning work, exactly?
Simple. A zoned system uses a damper (it’s like a valve) installed in the ductwork to separate air supply to each zone. So let’s say your upstairs needs cooled air but the downstairs does not. The damper will close off air to the downstairs and only direct it upstairs.
Installing a window or mini-split air conditioner are ways to directly cool the rooms without messing with your duct system. In a sense, this is also “zoned” cooling.
Which type of air conditioner you buy?
Find out in our article: Window Air Conditioner vs Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioner: Which is Better?
First, examine your air ducts and attic insulation. There could be underlying problems that prevent your upstairs from staying cool.
If the ducts and insulation aren’t an issue, consider a zoned cooling method—the one you choose depends on your home and budget. To determine what solution you need, talk to a professional air conditioning contractor about it.
If you live in the Framingham-area, Nicholson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Contact us online to see how we can keep your upstairs cool.
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