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Why the Second Floor of Your Home is So Hot

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Is the second floor of your home too hot in the summer months? Does it seem like no matter how much you try to cool down your home, the second floor just never seems to cool off as much as your first? If your second floor is hot and trying to make the air colder isn’t working, you may have an issue in your attic. 

Causes of Excessive Heat

Believe it or not, the state of your attic can have a major impact on the temperature of your second floor. If your second floor is hotter than your first floor, the chances are that the issues are coming from above. 

An attic service professional can come out to your home and evaluate why your second floor is too hot by checking your attic. Some reasons that your second floor is too hot may include:

  • Faulty ductwork
  • Insufficient insulation in the attic

Ductwork

If your HVAC unit is on the ground floor, it has to work that much harder to keep your second-floor cool, and if your HVAC ductwork is improperly installed, leaking, or has some sort of obstruction, you can experience excessive heat on the second floor. 

An attic service professional can help with the airflow to the second floor. You may need additional ductwork, new ductwork, or change the flow of the ducts to help better cool the second floor of your home. 

Sometimes just a simple cleaning of the ductwork or some simple repairs can help make your HVAC more efficient. These types of repairs should only be done by a professional.

Attic Insulation

When you have an attic service professional audit your home, they may find that your attic requires more insulation and venting. Heat rises, and when it does, it moves towards cooler air. This means that when your attic gets hot, it can seep into your living spaces. When your attic is properly insulated, it can help keep the hot air from permeating into the second floor. 

Gaps and holes in the insulation can be a cause of excessive heat on the second floor of your home. When more insulation is added into the attic, you may find that your heat issues on the second floor are alleviated. An attic services professional may also recommend installing an attic fan, which will help circulate the air and cool down your second floor. An attic fan moves large amounts of air around. It will draw in cooler outside air to reduce the heat in your home. 

Call Attic Projects to Finally Cool Your Second Floor

When you notice that your second floor is excessively hot during the summer months, call an attic service professional. You could have an issue with the ductwork or the insulation in your attic. When you call an attic professional to inspect your attic, they will make sure these are in working order and complete an audit on your home and give you a plan on how to make the second-floor cooler and more livable during those warm summer months.