What's the biggest issue that prevents people from being truly comfortable in their homes? Hot & cold spots. Do any of these sound familiar?
- It's hot upstairs and cold downstairs.
- The master bedroom is so hot, it's affecting your sleep.
- The kids' room is so hot, it's affecting their sleep (and yours!)
- The bonus room above the garage is freezing cold.
Well, we have some good news! There's very likely a solution for your home!
Homes have hot and cold spots because the existing ductwork does not evenly distribute air throughout the house. If the ductwork is accessible, zoning is a great option to fix this. Zoning works by dividing your home into sections. Each section, or zone, has it's own thermostat to control that area of the house. A home can be divided into two zones (such as upstairs and downstairs) or multiple zones.
Also known as "mini-splits," ductless systems are great options for larger spaces. Examples include, but are not limited to, four season rooms, bonus rooms and large master bedrooms. Ductless systems include an outdoor unit, an indoor unit that is either in the ceiling, mounted on the wall or mounted on the floor, and a lineset that connects the two. These systems come in heating & cooling or just cooling options. There are remote control, WiFi and multi-head options available as well!
Solar Powered Attic Fans
If your primary problem is the upstairs being hotter than the downstairs, a solar powered attic fan may be a great option! In the summer, attics get super hot. The ideal temperature for an attic is 90-100 degrees. However, we see attics all the time that are 130 degrees and warmer! Solar powered exhaust fans use solar energy to power the fan and pull heat out of the attic. Lowering your attic temperature will remove that load on the house and help to lower your upstairs temperature. As a bonus, lower temperatures in the attic will help to extend the life of your roof shingles and wood beams. If needed or preferred, there are electric powered fans available as well!
The most cost effective way to minimize the temperature difference is by upgrading to a thermostat with sensor capabilities. With this type of thermostat, sensors can be placed in trouble spots around the house. Those sensors communicate with the thermostat, allowing the furnace and air conditioner to run longer as needed to help the temperature in those areas. While this does not entirely fix the problem, it does allow the temperature to be averaged throughout the house, therefore minimizing the temperature difference.