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How to Efficiently Cool Your Second Floor

If you have a two-story house, you may have noticed that your upper floor is noticeably warmer than the ground floor at times. We all know that heat rises, but does that alone cause your second floor to become hot and uncomfortable in the summer months? The truth is, there are a variety of issues that can lead to this problem, and some of these issues involve your HVAC system.

Why is it Hotter Upstairs?

If your ducts are leaking or improperly installed, your HVAC unit will have trouble equally distributing cool air throughout your house. You may not even have the proper amount of ductwork installed to reach and adequately cool your second floor, especially if you live in an older home. Your roof also absorbs the sun’s rays, and if it isn’t insulated well, heat can travel through your attic and contribute to higher temperatures upstairs.

What You Can Do

Insulating your roof and attic can work wonders when it comes to keeping your second floor cool, and you can even add an attic fan for better air circulation. Changing your air filters once a month ensures that a dirty filter isn’t blocking proper air flow, and also keeps the air quality inside your home at a healthy level. Check windows for air leaks, cracks and holes nearby, and seal them properly to prevent hot air from seeping in. Have double-pane windows installed in your home if you don’t already have them, as they’re sure to save you both energy and money.

If you’d like to replace or upgrade your HVAC system, the professionals at Middleton have you covered! The difference may even shock you. Contact us today to set up an appointment with Middleton Heat & Air! Please visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-404-0371.

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