Stay Cool This Summer with 2-Story House Air Conditioning Tips!


2-Story House Air Conditioning Tips from the Nashville Pros

two story home in tennessee neighborhoodDo you live in a two-story house? Is the upper level always a little too warm, even when the air conditioning is pumping cool air full blast?

You’re not alone if you struggle to keep your upstairs rooms (or unused rooms) cool! Plenty of families in Tennessee have difficulties heating and cooling multilevel spaces during the hottest and coldest months of the year. Right Time HVAC has four tips to help you maximize your comfort, so you can keep your two-story house cool even during the hot summer months!

Here are four easy air conditioning tips to help you beat the heat and enjoy a cool upstairs around the clock.

Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Cooling the Second Floor?

In general, it is more challenging to cool houses with multiple stories: attic heat transfer, leaky ducts, having an old HVAC system, and poor thermostat placement are just a few reasons for warm air accumulating where you don’t want it to.

To evenly cool, your air conditioning system has to work efficiently and circulate cool air to the whole house (even though hot air rises and makes it harder to maintain a certain temperature on the first and second floors). If you don’t have multiple thermostats, good air ducts, and air circulation, your utility bills and comfort will suffer during the day’s hottest hours.

4 Ways to Make Sure Your Second Floor Stays Cool

There’s great news for Tennessee homeowners who want to maximize the cooling power of their air conditioners. By using some quick (and easy) tips to counteract the sun’s heat, we can make sure that the indoor temperature for your first-floor and second-story rooms is cool and comfortable!

More Cool Air Circulating will Help Your Entire House

boy hanging out in living room with floor fanOne of the easiest and most effective options for cooling rooms upstairs is to circulate more air using ceiling fans, attic fans, and open doors. Air movement doesn’t just create a cooling effect; a floor fan or ceiling fan moves cold air (from your central air conditioner) throughout your home.

Heat rises, so your first floor will naturally have cooler air in a two-story home. Keep the upstairs cool by pushing out the heat upstairs with the cold from your ground floor air conditioner!

Bonus: Install an attic vent or attic fan for extra cooling power. Your attic reaches high temperatures on a hot day, and attic fan ventilation will pull heat out of the attic and the rest of your home.

Improve Comfort with Lower Humidity

Humidity can make your home feel warmer than the actual temperature. Why? Humidity prevents water vapor and sweat from evaporating off your skin, one of your body’s primary ways to stay cool. If your home’s humidity is high, you’ll feel warm even with the air conditioning unit running. You must dehumidify your space to make your entire home cool again.

The best way to do this is a dehumidifier. Every central and window air conditioner cooling system removes moisture while running, but additional Indoor Air Quality solutions can help. Talk to Right Time HVAC about getting a dehumidifier!

Install Smart Thermostats to Cut Energy Costs

woman with a smart thermostatA smart thermostat can help you save money while maintaining a cool environment. These thermostats allow you to set schedules for your air conditioners depending on your daily routines and even control the temperature when you’re not there.

Best of all, programmable thermostats can help your upstairs AC run for as long as it needs to cool the space, especially if you have more than one thermostat.

A Clean AC Unit will Help a Hot Second Floor

When was the last time you replaced your air filter? Dirty air filters impede airflow and reduce the efficiency of your cooling system, resulting in a warmer house. You should replace your air filter monthly to ensure optimal performance and better cooling.

Get even better performance by scheduling seasonal service with a professional company. Your AC needs to be tuned and checked at least twice a year, making it run better for longer. Spring and fall are the Right Times to schedule your regular maintenance!

Eliminate Hot Air in Your 2-Story Home with Right Time HVAC!

Following these four air conditioner tips lets you keep your second floor cool even on the hottest days. Remember to keep cold air circulating, decrease humidity, replace your air filter regularly, and upgrade to a smart thermostat for optimal efficiency and savings. Stay cool out there!



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