Temperature imbalances and differences between the floors of homes is quite a common and frustrating problem. The notion that the upper level of the house is hot during summers and cold during winters. Compared to the lower level is due to poorly designed houses. The differences in temperature between floors can be indicative of other underlying problems. Such as leaky ductwork, lack of proper insulation, wrong-sized ductwork or HVAC, the rise of heat in multi-level buildings, limited effect of thermostats, and the extensive distances of rooms from cooling and heating units.
Leaky ductwork can contribute to about 30% of the airflow from leaks. The smallest of leaks can contribute to reduced airflow. Larger leaks can eliminate the airflow, preventing the flow of air to distant rooms.
The lack of proper insulation is most common in older houses as well as the houses with thin walls. A home where heat or cool air is not retained causes energy waste in trying to condition the whole house. Even if the problem is restricted to one room. The time taken in running a cooling or heating system is long and expensive in the long term. Improperly sized HVAC or ductwork can reduce the level of airflow needed. Because it causes an imbalance in the cooling and heating of homes, thus damaging the system in the long run.
The cold months can cause improper air flow causing the evaporator of the system to freeze up. On the other hand, the system overheats and may fail too early during warmer climates. In a typical multiple-story home, the upper levels are warmer up to 8-10 degrees. This is because heat travels from lower to higher levels. Moreover, a single thermostat is usually not enough to properly work for the distant rooms of a house. Location of the rooms and the number of windows determine the levels of warmness. Rooms and windows facing the sun all day would naturally be warmer.
These problems can be solved by finding the sources of leaks and sealing them properly with duct tape. Better insulation system can be installed. For example, the use of attic insulation helps minimize the temperature difference of the upper level from the bottom level. Better insulation also helps deal with leaks and reduces the negative impact on the environment. A second HVAC system and a room zoning system can be added. To gain better control over temperatures of each level of the house.
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