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2 Reasons Your Second Floor Is Too Hot
21 Sep
By: Climate Control
Professional HVAC Technician

Many business owners have experience with commercial services meeting the HVAC repairs and installations needs of their business. But these services can also help improve the performance and efficiency of the HVAC system. One way commercial services can help is in determining why the second floor is sometimes too hot while the first floor remains comfortable. The following are two common reasons to explain this temperature difference between floors:

Reason #1: Hot Air Rises

Hot air rises and cold air sinks. So even with perfect insulation and a well-designed HVAC system, science says the second floor will probably be warmer than your first floor. This temperature differential won't be as extreme if you take certain steps, such as installing a zoned HVAC system.

Reason #2: You Don't Have a Zoned HVAC System

Zoned HVAC systems have multiple thermostats and independent ductwork, which allows the HVAC unit to heat or cool specific areas or floors of a building. For example, in a non-zoned system, there is one thermostat, usually on the first floor. When this thermostat senses the temperature rise above the predetermined setting, it will turn on the air conditioner. But recall that the second floor will usually be a few degrees warmer than the first floor. So by the time the thermostat activates, it's usually a bit too warm for comfort on the second floor.

In a zoned system, there are multiple thermostats and the ability for the HVAC to heat or cool specific areas. So in the above example, if there was a thermostat on the second floor, it could trigger the air conditioner just for the second floor well before thermostat on the first floor could activate. Not only does it prevent the second floor from getting too warm, but it helps keep the first floor from getting too cold when an HVAC user lowers the setting on the downstairs thermostat in an attempt to get the second floor cooler.

If you're seeking ways to provide more temperature control inside your office, it's time to take advantage of the commercial services we offer at Climate Control.

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