If you have a multi-story home, then you may be familiar with the common problem of uneven home cooling issues. Heat rises, making it difficult to keep the upper levels and lower levels the same temperature, meaning that if the downstairs is comfortable, the upstairs feels like a sauna. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to enjoy a comfortable home during the warmer months.
1. Consider a Smart Thermostat
Today’s smart thermostats offer a variety of features that make it easy to effortlessly save money on energy bills without sacrificing comfort. Some thermostats feature wireless sensors that can be placed in various rooms of your home. In many cases, these sensors can recognize what rooms of your home are occupied at a given time and ensure that the room’s temperature is at your desired comfort level.
2. Redirect Airflow
First, ensure that none of your upstairs air vents are closed or otherwise obstructed. If there are objects or pieces of furniture around the air vents or even excessive dirt and debris inside them, airflow may be compromised. Second, consider partially closing some air vents on your home’s lower level to redirect cool air upstairs.
3. Keep Your Fan On
Your fan has two settings: auto and on. When it’s on auto, the fan only runs when the air conditioner is running. When it’s in the “on” position, it runs constantly. This allows air to constantly circulate, ensuring even temperatures throughout the home. Generally speaking, this adds $20 or less to your monthly energy bill.
4. Add More Attic Insulation
Insulation serves to prevent air from moving between your home and the outside world, keeping warm air out in the summer and inside during the winter. If your home has insufficient insulation, regulating its temperature is significantly more difficult.
5. Have Air Ducts Checked for Leaks
Your air ducts carry conditioned air throughout your home, but if they have a leak, a lot of air will be lost. Sealing leaks in your home’s ductwork can save you money on energy costs while promoting a more comfortable environment.
While a multi-story house can pose some unique challenges when it comes to heating and cooling, the experts at Dixon Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help. We specialize in helping homeowners in the Collinsville, IL, region enjoy a comfortable home from one season to the next.