Have you ever noticed certain rooms inside your home are warmer than others? You run your central air conditioning system all day. Shouldn’t every single room be at the same temperature? There are many reasons why this may not be the case. This is one area of focus for our energy audit professionals when we come out to homes. We want to see how the house is being cooled and if it is being done in the most efficient way possible. Homebuilders across the entire country are pretty consistent regarding the approaches that they take to households. So many homes are being built across the state of Florida with multiple floors, incredible yards, and lots of living space. One common struggle that many run into, though, is trying to keep that second floor cool, especially in the summer.
Install Air Conditioning
If you do not have a central air conditioning system running to the second floor, think about adding one. Window units may seem like they will do the job, but they are not likely to have the power to be able to adequately control the temperature on that second level, especially when talking about Florida’s summer heat and humidity.
Our team can help get your home sized for a central air conditioning system in short order. The installation process is easier than you think and you can even have multiple zones installed. This can allow you to set the temperature upstairs lower than downstairs since more cooling is going to be needed to help reduce that second level’s heat.
Turn Down Blinds
Blinds are something that can help a lot as well regarding cooling down the second floor. Close the blinds during the day, even the drapes if you have them. When you do this, you are going to be blocking out the sun as it tries to beat inside the second floor. This is a useful technique and will help a lot in reducing the heat the floor picks up.
Sizing of the AC Unit
How old is your air conditioning system? When it was initially installed, was it sized appropriately for your residence? So many inexperienced professionals will install an air conditioning unit that is too big or too small for a home. We want to size it correctly for you and can assess where yours stands during one of our energy audit Jacksonville FL jobs. If the unit is not sized properly, it is not going to be able to cool the home to your liking comfortably.
When was the last time you checked your attic and the insulation that it has? When you have an attic that is poorly insulated, what you are going to find is that the heat of the attic will come down on you. Ever go up to your attic on a hot day? The attic is usually far warmer than your second floor. When poor insulation exists, that heat is going just to trickle down to the living area.
Closing First Floor Registers
You may have a central air conditioning system that was only installed with one zone. This means you have one thermostat controlling the temperature upstairs and downstairs. What you can do in this scenario is to close some of the registers on the first floor partially. Doing this will help to increase the airflow to the second floor, making it cooler.
Filter Reducing Air Flow
When was the last time you swapped out the air filter in your system? The air filter of a central air conditioning system is a pivotal component. When it gets dirty, it can downgrade the performance of the whole system overall. A dirty air filter can reduce airflow throughout the ducts. The airflow is needed to cool the home from front to back.
Having a situation where airflow is restricted and reduced due to a weak filter is going to result in some rooms of the home getting more cold air than others. This is one of the most common reasons our energy audit Jacksonville FL professionals find some rooms to be cooler than others.
Air Duct Blockage
Have you ever had your air ducts cleaned? Another common reason why some rooms may be cooler than others is due to a blockage in the ducts. Dirt is going to build up in them over the years. If you have a central air conditioning system that has been running all summer constantly think of all that likely built up. A blockage, just like with a worn air filter, can lead to restricted air flow and imbalanced cooling.
Do you have dated windows in your home? Our energy audit Jacksonville FL professionals can help to identify if certain aging windows are detracting away from the ability of your system to cool the home efficiently. It may be a matter of replacing one or all of the windows for the sake of energy audit gains.
So many reasons can exist as to why some areas of the home are going to be cooler than others. It could be due to insulation, older windows, or your air conditioning system. We can help identify all of that and more with one of our energy audit Jacksonville FL teams. Give us a call today and start to get to the bottom of your cooling irregularity!