If the upstairs of your home is hotter than the rest of your house, here’s how to keep it cool, especially in the summer.
7 Ways to Cool Down Your Second Floor
- Block the sun
Close blinds and shades to block sunlight. You can also give a try to heat blocking shades or UV blocking films. Sealing all the cracks, holes, and gaps around windows can help prevent air leaks.
2. Insulate and ventilate
One thing you can do is to add extra insulation to your roof and attic. Air sealing your attic can prevent heat from seeping in.
3. Reduce the use of lights and appliances
Avoid generating additional heat upstairs. Keep the lights off or dimmed. Limit the use of heat-generating appliances — like hair dryers, curling iron, dishwasher, oven, and stove.
4. Change air filters
This is important because a dirty filter can block the flow of cool air. Moreover, air filters can also reduce allergens!
5. Adjust the fan setting
Switch the thermostats’ fan setting from “auto” to “on,” so the blower fan will constantly run and create a mix of air throughout your home.
6. Create climate zones
One way to do it yourself is to close a few vents on the first floor, which will force your A/C system to direct more air upstairs. For a more professional approach, install a climate zone system, like the Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning System.
7. Fire up the fans
Fans don’t cool the rooms but cool humans, so if you aren’t going to be in the room for a while, turn them off to save energy.
Add an extra HVAC system
If everything else fails and you can’t get your upstairs to cool down during summer, your home may be too huge for your current system. As a solution, consider upgrading to a larger HVAC system or adding a second system upstairs.
Worried, your air conditioner isn’t working properly? Call your local Trane dealer — Mirtron A/C & Heating, LLC, at 281-859-5757.