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A lot of people ask this question, particularly in the summer months. It’s actually a common problem that usually results in people cranking up their air conditioning and still not getting the cool temperature they’re looking for. Read below to find out what you can do about it. 

1) Block the sun

Close the blinds and shades in the upstairs rooms to block light and UV rays. You can even try heat blocking shades or UV blocking film. Be sure to seal all cracks, holes and gaps around windows to prevent air leaks. If you don’t already have energy-efficient double pane windows, you might want to consider upgrading.

2) Insulate and ventilate

Add extra insulation to your roof and attic. You can even air seal your attic to prevent heat from seeping in. Also, adding an attic fan will help cool things down by circulating the air up there and decreasing the amount of hot air reaching your second floor.

3) Reduce use of lights and appliances

Avoid generating additional heat upstairs. Keep the lights off or dimmed. Limit use of appliances that generate heat — like hair dryers, curling iron, dishwasher, oven and stove. Even if appliances are located on lower floors, the heat will rise.

4) Change air filters

It’s a little thing that can make a big difference, because a dirty filter can block the flow of cool air. But as a bonus, air filters can also reduce allergens! Not big on changing your filter? Contact Fast Response and ask about our Air Filter Program. Leave all the work to us.

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5) Adjust the fan setting on your thermostat

Switch it from “auto” to “on”, so the blower fan will run constantly and create a more even mix of air throughout your home. Don’t worry, running the fan doesn’t use a lot of energy. It actually may lower energy usage, because your HVAC system won’t need to cycle as often. If you have an older thermostat, you may also consider changing yours to a new, more energy efficient programmable thermostat. Contact Fast Response and we can change out your thermostat today.

6) Create climate zones

The DIY way to do this is to close a few (not all) vents on the first floor. This forces your A/C system to direct more air upstairs. Take this concept to the next level by having one of Fast Response’s lead technicians install a climate zone system. We us one of Trane’s exclusive motorized modulating dampers inside your duct-work to open and close in partial increments. That means heated or cooled air is directed where it’s needed. That’s how these fine-tune zoned areas provide maximum comfort.

7) Fire up the fans

Sometimes the old-fashioned way works best. Ceiling and floor fans do a great job of circulating the cold air that may be lingering near the floor. Just remember that fans cool people, not rooms. So if you aren’t going to be in the room for awhile, turn the fan off to limit energy use.

8) Consider adding an extra HVAC system

If you’ve tried everything and can’t get your upstairs to cool down, your home may be too large for your current system. Talk to a Fast Response Comfort Specialist about upgrading to a larger HVAC system or adding a second system upstairs. We have many special promotions and financing programs available to accommodate every type of budget.

Worried your air conditioner isn’t working properly? Call Fast Response today for a seasonal inspection. We can also help you decide if climate zones or an additional system could make your home more comfortable.

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