SOS! Why Is My House Hot Upstairs and Cold Downstairs?

SOS! Why Is My House Hot Upstairs and Cold Downstairs?As you travel through your home, does it feel like you’re visiting different regions of the world? Our air conditioning contractors understand when your basement feels like a snowy New Hampshire winter and your second-floor bedrooms feel like Key West at the peak of summer heat, it can be a little frustrating. But the laws of physics make it difficult to keep temperatures constant in every room in your home: Heat rises and transfers. However, there are things you can do to even things out.

DIY Fixes for Uneven Home Temperatures

  • Address ductwork leaks

Our heating and air conditioning repair contractors know ductwork leaks are common. Damaged, loose, poorly connecting, leaky ducts allow conditioned air to escape into your attic or basement before it reaches your living space, wasting your energy dollars and leaving you with an uncomfortable home. Obvious leaks can be identified by the appearance of dirty, dark insulation and the feel of escaping air and repaired with foil-faced tape. If you struggle to move around your attic or crawlspace safely, contact an HVAC contractor to manage these tasks.

  • Adjust dampers

Adjust dampers to mediate airflow in each room. Open all vents/registers in your house. Test the temperature in each room after a few days, adjusting dampers in uncomfortable rooms open/closed as needed to maintain the desired climate. However, never completely seal off rooms, as this can cause air pressure imbalances that put excess stress on your system and inflate energy bills.

  • Add a ceiling fan

Adding ceiling fans to create a wind-chill effect and circulate and distribute air can be an inexpensive way to improve comfort.

  • Improve insulation

Insulation improvements will not only help you keep temperatures throughout your home more even and comfortable, but they are also a great way to reduce your energy costs.

When DIY Solutions Aren’t Enough

  • Zone your home with the addition of a ductless mini-split

With the help of a ductless mini-split system installation, you can create zones in your home. Ductless systems run separately from your central system, adding supplemental heating and cooling and allowing you to adjust the climate in unoccupied areas for energy savings or family member temperature preference. Some units offer both heating and cooling technology, allowing you to maximize comfort year-round.

  • Upgrade your HVAC system

For old and ailing or incorrectly sized systems, a new HVAC system may be the best solution. You’d be surprised by the performance difference of a new, properly sized system. Today’s latest heating and air conditioning technology is quiet and much more energy-efficient, offering a rapid return on investment.

Not sure why your home is so uncomfortable? Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-546-7157 to schedule an appointment with our 24-hour HVAC service team today.


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