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Why Is My Upstairs Hot but Downstairs Cold?

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Temperature is one of the most important things to your comfort around the house. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that it’s the single most important thing for homeowners to control. Unfortunately, many homeowners spend their hottest days struggling with uneven temperatures.

Sometimes, it’s hot upstairs and your downstairs is cold. Or maybe you can’t get the temperature “just right.” No matter how you slice it, the bottom line is that you’re no longer comfortable in your own home.

Fortunately, if it’s hot upstairs but your downstairs is cold, this is something that you can easily fix. We’ve prepared a handy guide to some of the best solutions for fixing the problem of uneven temperature within your home.

1. Check the Thermostat and Breaker

When the air conditioning is acting up, many homeowners dread the idea that they have an expensive repair (or even more expensive replacement) ahead of them. However, you might get really lucky: the problem may simply be with your thermostat or breaker.

Issues with the thermostat are actually pretty likely in the event of uneven cooling or even if the system stops working entirely. We recommend checking the batteries on the thermostat, and if those are good, having a professional inspect the thermostat conditions and settings.

If the thermostat is in good working order, then the next step is to check the circuit breaker for the system. Make sure that it is operational and in good condition, and make sure that it is set to the “cooling” setting.

If this doesn’t work, there are some other options you can explore first if your upstairs is hot but your downstairs is cold!

2. Investigate the A/C Unit

If your upstairs is hot but your downstairs is cold, the next step is to cut to the chase and investigate the air conditioner directly. This is an important step because issues in and around the air conditioner can create a number of issues that result in uneven air circulation and cooling.

First, you might want to check for any overgrown plants around the unit. Such plants can be a double-bladed sword: a tall tree or shrubbery that blocks the sun can help your air conditioning unit out by reducing the amount of direct heat the system encounters, helping it to last longer. But the overgrown plants can also damage the system from the inside due to debris.

Try to clear out any potential debris that is close to the A/C unit. Afterwards, you can inspect the unit as best as you can, though we highly recommend that you have a professional conduct the most thorough inspection possible.

3. Examine the Coils

Many of the problems that we’re discussing can occur at any time throughout the year. However, the next one is something that is likeliest to occur in winter: frozen pipes. This can affect your airflow greatly, but there is a pretty straightforward way to address this problem.

First, see if you can check for the level of refrigerant in the system. It is possible that adding some refrigerant can help to almost immediately address the issue of frozen pipes and to prevent it from happening again in the future. If your upstairs is hot but your downstairs is cold, another common cause is something restricting the airflow. This is most commonly a dirty filter, and replacing it can help the issue of frozen coils (more on this later).

A final possible issue with frozen coils is that there may be a problem with your ductwork. If there are still airflow issues after you replace the filter, then try to visually inspect for any disconnected or crushed sections. To repair this (or simply to verify the damage), be sure to call in a professional as soon as you can!

4. Leaking Water

Plenty of people worry that they don’t have the expertise to diagnose or repair issues with the air conditioner. However, sometimes things are pretty straightforward. For example, issues with uneven airflow can be caused water leaking from your air conditioning unit.

While this is a straightforward problem in terms of air temperature, there are a variety of possible solutions for this issue. First, like frozen coils, it may be caused by a clogged filter, and replacing that filter may be able to address the problem. Secondly, there may be a cracked drain line that you can visually identify, and repairing this can immediately fix the leak.

Finally, there may be a problem with your insulation pulling itself too far away from the refrigerant lines. Replacing and repairing the insulation so that it is in its proper place can help to make sure that the water stops leaking.

Everything that we just described can be difficult for most people to diagnose, and it’s even more difficult to repair. To make things easier and to cool your house down as soon as possible, we definitely recommend calling in an expert!

5. It’s “Curtains” for the Heat

Sometimes, the devil is in the details. And in this particular scenario, the details involve which area of the house is experiencing uneven temperature issues.

For instance, the problem may be localized to rooms that are facing the south. For these rooms, the problem is that during warmer times of the day, the sun is going to make it extra hard to keep these rooms cool.

Fortunately, we’ve got a couple of different solutions if your upstairs is hot but your downstairs is cold. The “low-tech” solution is simply to put blackout curtains over those specific windows to keep things cool. The “high-tech” solution is to hire a professional to install different zoning systems. This will give you more specific control over the temperature in different areas of your home.

The Pros You Need

You know now some of the best ways fix the problems you are having with uneven temperature in your home. However, it’s also important to know a good, local professional to call when things get really hairy. Do you know who you can call?

That’s where we come in. One Hour Heating and Air is your local authority in “keeping your cool” even when the outside temperatures are blazing. To see how we can help you chill out, give us a call today!

Learning about Thermostat Setting for Summer Vacation

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Vacations are one of the best parts about summer. Sometimes it’s just great to get away from it all and relax in one of your favorite vacation destinations.

But preparing for a vacation is never an easy task. From finding babysitters, dog sitters, house sitters, and more, planning for vacation sure has many hoops to jump through. Another factor to consider before you head out on your next adventure is thermostat setting for summer vacation. Setting the temperature too high might result in damaged plants or uncomfortable pets, but setting the temperature too low might lead to costly utility bills and wasted energy.

Before you take your next trip, consider the following when deciding how to set your thermostat:

Top 5 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

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The term “programmable thermostat” gets thrown around quite a bit. Before we dive into all the possible benefits of a programmable thermostat, it’s important to understand just what these kinds of thermostats are.

In general, the definition is built right into the name: this is a kind of thermostat in which you can program different temperature adjustments for different times of the day. Over time, this can help you save time and money while also increasing the comfort of your home.

What should I set my thermostat to in the summer?

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Summertime is full of long days, barbecues, and making memories with friends and family. But unfortunately, summertime is also full of high temperatures. Once July and August roll around, a simple walk outside can leave you sweaty and irritated. But when you’re not cooling off in a nearby lake or pool, having a well-functioning air conditioner is key to enjoying your summertime fun.

These powerful machines provide the cooling power you can depend on, so keeping your air conditioner in good working order is extremely beneficial. As there are many things to remember about your AC unit, setting your thermostat correctly is one of the most important aspects. Setting your thermostat too low can lead to hefty energy bills, while setting your thermostat too high can result in an uncomfortable home. Finding the right indoor temperature can be a difficult task, but once you find your comfortable climate, enjoying your indoor environment can be easy.

Home Renovators Guide: Common HVAC problems before you renovate

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Renovating a home is very exciting and very scary, usually in equal measure. You’re excited to see what your home will look like, but you’re worried about what could go wrong. Common HVAC problems are one of the things many homeowners overlook during renovations until it’s too late.

Knowing what to look for ahead of time can help to save you tons of time and money down the road. Keep reading to discover the common HVAC problems to look at before renovating!

Does Humidity Affect Air Conditioners?

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As you know, your HVAC is a complicated system. It can be affected by many different things, but plenty of folks don’t understand that humidity is one of the biggest factors and ask themselves, does humidity affect air conditioners?

Yes, humidity. If your house is too humid, then you’re going to have higher bills and have to replace your A/C unit that much quicker. However, if you learn all about humidity and HVAC, then you can save time and save money!

Keep going to discover how humidity affects your HVAC system.

Top 5 Tips to Extend Your Air Conditioner Life Expectancy

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Your A/C unit is one of the cornerstones of life as a homeowner. And if that thing breaks, life gets real bad, real fast: you spend your time hot and sweaty until you buy a new one…and then you’re sweating for new reasons when you see the price tag! This is why you’ll want to make your A/C last as long as possible. We’ve put together five great tips to help extend your air conditioner life expectancy!

What to do When Your Air Conditioner Runs Constantly But Doesn’t Cool Well

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Summer is right around the corner. You know what that means. It’s time for barbecue, beaches, and…baking in your own house? While being cooked inside your own home isn’t on anyone’s agenda, it can happen easily enough if you have an air conditioning unit that needs maintenance, repair, or replacement. Too often we have to ask ourselves what to do when the air conditioner runs constantly but doesn’t cool well.

It’s important to identify the warning signs of your A/C unit early on. One of the biggest warning signs is that it is constantly running and almost never turning off. By figuring out what is causing that problem, you can figure out how to get your air conditioning unit fixed.

Keep reading to discover some of the likeliest causes of your A/C unit constantly running!

How to Know When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

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In many ways, your air conditioning unit is the most important appliance in your home. It helps make life more livable in the warmer months and basically affects how comfortable you and your whole family are throughout the year.

That’s why it’s important to keep the AC in good, working order. You’ll need to know what some of the warning signs are that you should watch out for. Knowing what these signs are lets you know when to replace your air conditioner!

Keep reading to discover the main signs you should be watching out for!

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