Do you have more than one floor in your home and find yourself struggling to keep the second floor cool and comfortable? Since hot air rises, as we all know, so will the temperatures in the higher levels of your home. Yes, keeping the upper floors cool can be somewhat of a challenge even with an air conditioner, but the team here at M&A HVAC Services, LLC have some useful cooling tips to help you maximize the performance of your home cooling system and keep the upper floors comfy and cool as well.
Useful Cooling Tips
Close Those Window Treatments – One of the biggest factors that can affect the indoor temperature of any home is that of direct sunlight. When the sun shines through the windows the temperature in your living space will rise, especially those homes with southern exposures. One of the easiest and best ways to keep your indoor temperature cool is by closing your window coverings. This blocks out the sun’s UV rays and reduces any increase in temperature in your living space.
Minimize the Use of Kitchen Appliances – Using your stove and oven during the summer months can increase the temperature in your kitchen and other areas of your home significantly. In the summer, cooking on the grill is your best option but if you need to cook indoors then wait until late in the afternoon or early evening to use your stove or oven.
Turn The Lights Off – Lightbulbs, even energy efficient light bulbs, give off heat. By turning your lights off whenever you leave a room and especially when you leave your home, you will contribute to cooler temperatures in the house. If you have upper levels in your home, this simple task should especially be applied to the lights on the upper floors.
Invest in Ceiling Fans – Installing ceiling fans in the rooms on your second floor can make a drastic difference in the room temperatures during the hot summer months. The air generated by the ceiling fans creates a simple cooling effect which can help boost the performance of your home’s cooling system. Be sure, however, that when using ceiling fans in the summertime that the fan is rotating in the appropriate direction.
Make Simple Adjustments to the Air Vents On The First Floor – Try partially closing the vents on your main floor or in any unused rooms in the house. By doing so, the cool air is then directed to the rooms on the second floor. Be sure not to close the vents entirely because this can cause pressure issues with your HVAC system.
We hope you have found these simple cooling tips useful for cooling down the upper levels in your home. Surely, if you tend to spend more time upstairs than down, then putting these simple tips in place will make a significant difference in the temperatures on your upper levels. Though these tips are helpful, the team here at M&A HVAC Services want to remind you that the best way to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hot summer months is by providing proper care and maintenance to your HVAC system. Be sure to change the air filters regularly since dirty filters can cause your system to work harder and longer and cause an increase in your monthly energy bills as well. With that said, routine annual inspections and preventative maintenance are essential to the overall health and performance of your HVAC system as well as its lifespan.
For more information on cooling your home or if you are in need of any type of HVAC products or services, surely you have come to the right place. Give a shout out to one of our technicians today. We look forward to serving you and hope all our valued clients and their families are having a safe and enjoyable summer season!