Even and Efficient Cooling in Two-Story Homes
If you have a two-story house, you might be concerned about whether your heating is being dispersed evenly and efficiently around the home. Comfortable heating is a major challenge because energy prices have risen dramatically in recent years. You don’t want to be paying more than you must on your energy bill. While a two-story house has a few disadvantages, it also has many advantages that make it more efficient than a simple one-story box house. This is why you need to understand how to optimize your home for the best results in energy efficiency. A simple thing you could do is to get a variety of energy upgrades from Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..
Anyone who has a two-story home (or has ever been in a two-story home in the summertime) is familiar with the issue of uneven cooling. You may be enjoying the cool air in the downstairs living room, but then walk upstairs and begin to sweat. Watch our video to see our specialist Joey touch on this issue and offer some resolution to this common problem!
Advantages of a Two-Story Home
When it comes to heat transfer, a smaller surface area is always better. Two-story homes often have smaller roofs than their one-story counterparts. That means that you get a lot more efficiency in that configuration. Your treated air is less likely to transfer into the atmosphere when the roof is smaller. That is a major advantage,
and it is usually enough to keep energy prices within a reasonable range for your two-story home.
You also have the benefit of your upper story being easier to warm up. That is because heat rises, meaning that the natural flow of the air can help keep your upper floor heated adequately. Just that one thing alone ensures that your heating is a lot better in your two-story home. However, you might have issues with needing a second heating system on the second floor, but it will depend on how big your house is overall.
Trust Your Thermostat
You will typically have multiple thermostats for your two-story home. This means that you have a predicament when it comes to setting the temperatures you want.
For heating, it is often standard practice to set both thermostats within two degrees of each other to ensure that you have similar heating on both stories of your house. It also ensures that you don’t waste energy heating your second story more than it needs.
You should also remember that your thermostat will be a lot better at regulating the temperature automatically than you ever could. In addition, your thermostat can be set based on the times when you are home and when you are away. You don’t need to waste a lot of energy heating your home when you are not there.
Use a Ceiling Fan
While you typically associate ceiling fans with warm weather, they can also help you efficiently heat your home. During the winter, change the rotation of your fans so that they are turning in a clockwise direction. This will pull warm air up into the ceiling, out to the walls, and around the room. A strategically placed ceiling fan can also help you pull warm air up into the second floor of your home.
Ensure Your Insulation Is Adequate
Getting periodic checkups is a crucial part of maintaining your home’s HVAC system. One aspect that many people never think about is insulation. If your home is not adequately insulated, you are spending a lot of energy sending conditioned air throughout your home only to have it seep out through the walls. Insulation is even more critical in a two-story home as you will often have more rooms that need to be heated.
Your insulation plays a key role in ensuring that you don’t waste any energy getting your home to the temperature you desire. Scheduling an inspection can help you ensure that your insulation is adequate. If there are any problems, you can have Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. install more.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Having the professionals from Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. maintain your HVAC system can also ensure that heating is efficient and even. Regular maintenance helps your system perform optimally. In addition to helping you save money, maintenance also reduces wear and tear, which will lessen your repair needs and help prevent unexpected breakdowns.
During a maintenance appointment, our team will clean and inspect your system, change air filters, lubricate moving parts, and perform other tasks. In addition to heating maintenance, Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. installs and repairs heating systems in Anaheim and the surrounding area. Our services include cooling repair, maintenance, and installation, and we can help with indoor air quality. You can turn to us for ductless systems, duct design, attic insulation, and water heater services as well. To learn more about our services, contact Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today.