Options to fix your HVAC issues

Published On: Sep 30 2012 09:11:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2012 05:40:00 AM EDT

It’s a frequent scenario for many owners of multistory homes and it’s an uncomfortable one: Uneven heating and cooling between floors often leaves the upstairs more difficult to cool during the summer and the downstairs harder to heat during the winter.

“Most two story homes have a pretty good temperature difference between the second floor and the first floor. The main reason for that is your thermostat in your house. Your thermostat is typically located on the first floor of your house; so that is what is reading all the temperatures. So, when it gets cool enough or warm enough in there; that’s what shuts the unit off; so it doesn’t really pay attention to what the temperature is upstairs," explained Dave Mejean, an HVAC contractor.

Common reasons for temperature variances between floors:

Angie’s List asked highly heating and cooling companies about the options that are available today.

“One of the most important things on a consumer’s to-do-list in the fall is have your furnace checked. Having it serviced once a year to make sure it’s running properly will make it more energy efficient throughout the winter and help prevent unexpected breakdowns," advised Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

“If you find yourself having problems with temperature on different levels of your house, talk to a reputable heating and cooling company because they can give you suggestions for how to best manage for that. Whether it be settings on your existing system or whether you need to add additional equipment," she said.