Many homeowners have enquired why their second floor is hotter than the first floor. One reason is that the higher floor has a greater exposure to direct sunlight. However, a faulty HVAC could be another contributing factor. Let’s explore how you can even out the air flow in your home.
1. Check the Air Conditioner
An air conditioner can be faulty in a number of ways. It might simply need a filter change. It could also be too old. Most systems have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. A near end-of-life AC is just not going to perform at the same output as a newer model.
The AC might also be too small for the home. Maybe the original installer did not perform a load calculation or make a correct calculation.
2. Check the Ducts
Air from the AC naturally has to travel further through the ducts to enter the second-floor rooms. More distance travelled means more chances of the air escaping through gaps and openings. You might need to perform an air quality inspection to determine the conditions of the ducts and ventilation system. A pressure test will detect significant leaks. Continue Reading →