Hello to group,
My family recently moved into a tri-level house. The bottom level is on a
slab, the middle level is on a crawlspace, and the upstairs, well, is
upstairs. Anyways, the bottom level is 10 degrees cooler than the rest of
the house. Two rooms upstairs are roughly 5 degrees above the bottom (They
are directly above the compressor located in a closet) The master bedroom
(3rd room upstairs), is stifling. Not much air getting into it as it is on
the upstairs opposite the compressor. The house is only 1500 square feet.
Is there a way to get more air upstairs? Also, the return is on the ceiling
upstairs, but the filter is not flush with the ducting. It just sits on the
vent, and the duct is roughly a foot above it. All kinds of dust is getting
past it, or so I think. Is there any help out there?
Thanks so much
If you have a compressor in the closet, it will keep that part of hte house
warm. The compressor is the part that goes outside the house and gets rid
of hot air. The evaporator coil and air handler (fan) are inside.
Are all the vents wide open? Most houses seem to be that way. Start by
partially closing off the vents in the cooler areas and that will force more
air to the warmer sections of the house. You can supplement with a fan if
Also, the return is on the ceiling
I've never seen a filter on a return air duct. Do you man the grill or
register? Returns should be on the floor, the outlets near the ceiling.
Even the best expert could not solve this by remote control. You will have
to get someone knowledgeable to check out the system to see what needs to be
done to properly balance the airflow. It might be simple or it might require
new ductwork design. Running the fan continously might help some. Cleaning
of filters and coils might be needed. Shading, insulating, or otherwise
reducing the heat load in the hot areas could help some.
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