Help Me Fix the Hot Upstairs (in Summer!)
Many homes across the country are much warmer upstairs than they are downstairs during the summertime. These homes are gaining heat from warm outside air leaking into your home. For example, hot attic temperatures and heat radiating through the windows that receive direct sunlight create hot upstairs. Plus, heat transmission through exterior walls warm homes. Finally, the 2nd story of homes also receive the warmer air in your home. After all, warm air naturally rises from the first floor up to the second floor.
A simple problem exists in homes that are warmer and uncomfortable upstairs in summer. These homes contain inefficient air conditioning systems. For instance, the second floor gains heat faster than the AC system removes it. In very simple terms, these homes either have too much heat gain on the second floor or too little heat removal (cool air supply) from the air conditioning system (or both). Since increasing the amount of cool air from a central air conditioning system to the second floor will raise utility costs, it is always wise to try to reduce heat gains first. If reducing as much heat gain as possible will not fully eliminate the comfort problem on the second floor of your home, options for adding additional cooling capacity to the second floor should then be considered.
The Solution is as easy as 1, 2, 3
The GreenHomes approach for increasing the comfort of your home, lowering your heating/cooling costs, raising your home’s efficiency while eliminating any health or safety problems in your home is simple and straightforward. It all starts with GreenHomes helping you better understand the most common underlying causes of energy, comfort and health problems in homes and the corresponding solutions often used in the industry.
GreenHomes believes home energy projects are far more successful when the homeowners better understand the problems and possible solutions for their home. That is why we help you learn about the issues you would like to resolve in your home. Then, we help step you through a process to resolve those problems. At GHA, we believe it is easier for homeowners to plan home energy projects and then execute them to get long lasting results if you are more knowledgeable about the root causes of the problem and solutions successfully used in the industry. Let us show you how to: