The Problem of Uneven Comfort in a Two-Story Home

HVAC systems are meant to provide comfort to home occupants. However, there have been many instances where the second floor isn’t as comfortable as the first. This problem of disparate comfort levels due to uneven heating and cooling can present a dilemma for everyone involved.

Air Comfort, Inc., your local air conditioner and heater repair contractor, takes a look at the causes of this common HVAC issue and some ways it can be fixed.

What Causes the Problem?

This indoor comfort issue can happen for various reasons. A few of them include:

  • Ineffective Ductwork. Ducts that are old or leaky can lead to inefficient distribution of conditioned air throughout the home. It’s also possible the second floor doesn’t have enough ductwork.

  • Poor Insulation. Older homes tend to have inadequate insulation, and when insulation is scarce, you end up wasting energy. This forces your HVAC equipment to run longer than necessary, resulting in an uptick in your energy bills.

  • Distance from HVAC Unit. HVAC equipment installed on the first floor is expected to distribute conditioned air to the rooms nearest it. Rooms that are further away, including those on the second floor, may receive far less airflow, leading to reduced comfort.

How Can This Problem Be Fixed?

Reaching out to local HVAC technicians who perform heat pump and boiler repair can aid in fixing the issue of uneven comfort inside two-story homes. They have the necessary know-how to fix any ductwork issues and implement zoning systems that will ensure even distribution of conditioned air throughout the home.

You can also try other ways to achieve more even indoor temperatures. Start by cleaning or changing your air filters. Dirty filters, after all, restrict airflow throughout your home. You can also consider insulating and ventilating the attic, and installing an attic fan to circulate the air on the second floor.

For all your HVAC needs, turn to Air Comfort, Inc. We employ a team of factory-certified technicians capable of handling HVAC installation, service and repair. We work on residential heating and cooling systems, as well as commercial HVAC control systems. Call (330) 510-2446 today or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve residents of Kent, OH, and surrounding areas.

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