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Keeping the 2nd Floor Cool this Summer in Your Cleveland Home

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 02:01 AM

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How hot does the second floor of your home get in the summer? Many second floors get uncomfortably warm as the outside temperature soars during the Cleveland summers. This makes sleeping almost impossible. Fortunately, home cooling solutions in Cleveland are available to keep your second floor cool and comfortable all summer long.

Why does the second floor get so warm?

Heat rises. That is a fact that most of us learned in science class. That is one reason why the rooms in the second floor of your home can become so warm while the first floor is cool and comfortable.

Your roof may also be contributing to the heat build-up on the upper floor as well. Many roofing materials used in the Cleveland area are designed to absorb heat instead of reflecting it. This is to help keep the warm air in during the cold winter months. The problem is that those same roofing materials can absorb heat and transfer it in the house during the summer as well.

Where is your thermostat located? Many multi-story homes run off of a single thermostat located on the main floor. That thermostat will only trigger if the temperature on the main floor is too warm. That leaves the upper floor uncomfortably warm.

Are there any solutions to keeping your second floor cool?

The good news is that you can keep your second floor cool this summer.

Open up the windows in your home on cool evenings. You can use box fans to draw in cool outside air and to expel warm inside air. Ceiling fans can also help move cool air through your home.

Keep the drapes closed during the day. This will help keep the UV rays from heating up the inside of your home.

Make sure that your hot attic is properly ventilated to avoid overheating.  Additionally, make sure there is the proper amount on insulation between the attic and second floor.  There can be other more subtle problems that are best sorted out by having an energy audit done on your home.

Don't use heat producing appliances if you can help it. Cook outside on the grill instead of heating up your oven. Use your dryer and dishwasher only in the evenings or early morning.

If you want to learn more about home cooling solutions in Cleveland, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling, serving the Greater Cleveland area.

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