If you live in a two-story home, you’ve likely experienced this common problem: your second floor’s air temperature is warmer than the rest of your home. This is a big issue during the scorching summer months in Texas, especially if you don’t have an upstairs AC. If your AC air circulation is not hitting the top floor rooms, cranking up the air conditioning is not the solution. Here’s the problem(s) and how Champion AC & Plumbing AC repair in Austin can help you fix it.
- Hot Air
Hot air rises. When the warmer temperatures outside begin to heat your house, the air’s gasses expand and become less dense than the air around it. This results in the heated air rising as the cooler air sinks, which is why you may feel a lot warmer upstairs. If your HVAC unit is downstairs, your system will try to work harder to distribute cold air to the second floor.
- Hot Roof
Your roof is the ultimate barrier between the inside of your home and the sun. Your roof absorbs a lot of heat, and that hot air will move through your attic and straight to your second story, which results in a warmer area.
- Ductwork and Attic Insulation Issues
A faulty duct or a poorly insulated attic can lead to hot rooms and high energy bills. A poorly performing duct will force your HVAC system to work harder to cool your house down, causing more stress to your unit. On top of that, if your attic is improperly insulated, it can lose a lot of that cold air that your system is working so hard to provide – and leave you with more problems.
- Attic Insulation
Properly insulating and sealing your attic will prevent the heat from your roof from flowing directly to your top floor. Since your attic is the largest source of air loss in your home, insulation in your attic will also help trap the cold air inside.
- Ductwork Repair
Repairing your duct system improves airflow throughout your home and enhances the air quality. It also decreases heating and cooling costs. Improved airflow will allow your home to circulate that cold air to the upstairs and cool down those heated rooms.
- AC Installation
If you’re still experiencing cooling issues, your HVAC system may not be the right size for your home. Getting a second opinion from certified professionals can help you decide if upgrading your AC is the best solution. If you’re experiencing an uncomfortable change in temperature upstairs, contact Champion AC & Plumbing to get a free estimate. Our team of experts is here to help you find the best solution and repair for all your home’s heating and cooling needs.