We are in a relatively new house with a heat pump system.
The upper level is on average 5-10 degrees warmer than the lower level.
Upper level has an air return which takes air from the master bedroom
and the hallway. What suggestions/tips to help better cool the upper
In summer: close off some supply vents on 1st floor to force additional
cold air to the second floor. If your thermostat has a setting for
continuous fan setting, you might try using that to keep the air
circulating, bringing the warm air that rises to the 2nd floor down.
In winter: close off supply vents on 2nd floor to force more warm air out
the vents on the 1st floor.
Install ceiling fans in bedrooms to move air - the air will feel cooler if
it is moving.
Law of physics. Unless you have two zone system, upstairs tend to be
warmer no matter what. On top of the suggestions already given
installing ceiling fan(s) is another option. My system fan is running on
low speed all the time. And have two ceiling fans upstairs.
Closing downstairs registers will help but your risk is freezing the
coil from reduced airflow, you might want pro advise as to how much you
can close them, I put a remote thermometer just above my coil to see how
low I can go by closing off the first floor. You dont want to freeze the
That's easy to solve. Simply rotate the upstairs of the house to the
downstairs every few hours. An automated whole house rotator will
easily solve the problem. Whenever the upstairs becomes 5 degrees
warmer than the downstairs, the upstairs is lowered and the downstairs
rasied to the top. This is done automatically 24 hours a day without
human intervention. Systems are reasonably priced and operates on a
common 120 VAC 20A receptacle.
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