Strategies for Keeping Your Upstairs Cooler

Published on: July 25, 2014
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During the intense heat of summer, air conditioning efficiency becomes one of the most important considerations for your family’s comfort. Both upstairs and down, all your family wants is to enjoy the benefits of your home’s cooling system in the most efficient manner possible. Unfortunately, while many AC systems can handle cooling the downstairs with little problem, the upstairs often proves a greater challenge. But, never fear. A few wise actions can help you make the most of your cooling system, greatly increasing the comfort of your home’s upper level.

Tips for Cooling Your Upstairs

If the summer heat is driving you downstairs in the summer, try the following strategies for maximizing air conditioning efficiency to your upstairs:

Air seal your attic.

Your attic is an area where heat can easily build and be transferred downward into your home in summer through open air spaces. That’s why air sealing your attic is so important for maintaining a cooler upstairs. Making sure your attic has adequate insulation in all the right places will make a major difference to your home in both winter and summer.

Air seal the building’s envelope.

Making sure the outer envelope of your home is not defeating the purpose of the building’s insulation by allowing the leakage of conditioned air is an important strategy for keeping your upstairs cooler. For the same reason, you’ll also want to avoid opening upstairs windows and using fans to cool the upstairs while your AC system cools the downstairs. This, of course, creates a major air leakage problem that badly compromises air conditioning efficiency. Sealing your home’s envelope is part of a smart overall strategy for air sealing your home.

Install energy-efficient window treatments.

Many types of energy-efficient window treatments are available to help you keep the cool air in and the heat out on the hottest summer days. While these will be helpful throughout your home, the most important place to use them will be upstairs where the heat inside your home will rise and where the heat from the sun’s rays beating down on your roof will be most likely to be felt. The following are several types of window coverings that can help keep the upper level of your home cooler:

  • Shades
  • Draperies
  • Blinds
  • Shutters
  • Reflective films
  • Awnings
  • Insulating panels
  • Mesh screens
  • Storm window panels

Use zoned air conditioning.

A zoned air conditioning solution can help you control the level of cooling to various parts of your home. It can either be used alone or as a means of providing supplemental cooling to your upstairs rooms to boost the comfort level of this part of your home on days when the weather is too hot for your central AC system to handle the load without help.

Get Help from the Experts at AC Southeast®

Summer cooling can be a challenge — especially in a two-story home. If you need help keeping your upstairs cooler, try using our website to find a dependable local AC contractor. Let our skilled AC Southeast® air conditioning specialists help you find the right AC solution to address the cooling issues you face. Our experts would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the AC products and services that are available to help you correct your problem.