If you live in a two story home, you have most likely noticed a difference in temperature between the second story and the main floor. Many people attribute this to the fact that hot air naturally rises. However, there may be other factors playing a role in the higher temperature you are feeling as you walk up your stairs. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about the factors that can play a role in the different temperatures that homeowners notice between their second story and the main floor.
Older AC Unit
No one wants to hear that it is time to replace their AC system. Unfortunately, this is just part of owning a home. You can count on getting about 15 years out of your AC unit before you will likely be facing replacement. This is due to the fact that over time, they just lose the ability to run efficiently anymore. If you notice that your upper level is feeling hotter than it has in the past and your AC unit is getting older, it could be a sign that you need to replace your AC to fix the problem. There are also times that this doesn’t mean that your AC needs to be completely replaced though. You could have overdue maintenance that needs to be performed or a part that needs to be replaced to get that upper level cooler. An undersized unit could also be the culprit as well.
Poor HVAC Duct Design
The farther away the space is from your AC unit, the less airflow will be working its way through your ductwork to cool the area. You could be dealing with ductwork that is leaky and not effectively getting that cooler air up there. If you do have ducts that are leaking, you don’t have to worry about tearing open your walls. This issue can be repaired using liquid sealant that is misted throughout the ductwork to close off any leaks that may be present.
Lack of Attic Insulation
If you get up in your attic, you should not be able to see the joists sticking up above the insulation in the attic. For those that live in warmer climates, like Las Vegas, there should be between 13 and 14 inches of insulation in your attic. If you live in colder climates, that rises to about 16-18 inches of insulation. In your attic you should also have proper ventilation that will work to get rid of some of the hot air that accumulates in the attic.
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If you feel like your upper level is hotter than it normally should feel, you could have a problem that needs to be addressed by the experts at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning. We will inspect your system and ensure everything is working properly as well as give you our recommendations on how to solve the problem. Call us today!