Biggest Reason Your Upstairs is Hot
What's the price tag of a cool, second floor?
by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent
The ideal temperature for sleeping is 69 degrees or cooler. Fat chance with these hot summer months in Kentucky where a short walk from your car to the office can test the strength of your deodarant - especialy in July. If you settle in for a good night's slumber and you find yourself sweating, you can do something about.
It's natural: Heat rises. The upstairs will be hotter than your downstairs.
Beat the heat: If you have a two-story home and you don't have a separate AC unit for the upstairs, that is the problem. One HVAC unit for a two story house will often result in temperatures a couple degrees higher for the second floor.
You can hire a contractor to install a new AC unit and run duct work to each room. This will ensure your home stays a consistent temperature throughout. You can also move your fan setting from Auto to Circ or On. Circ (circulate) will turn the fan on periodically even when the A/C isn't on to help circulate the cooler air from downstairs throughout the house. The On setting will continuously keep the fan moving the cooler air from downstairs througout the house.
Cost: How much are you willing to pay for cooler nights? Most contractors would charge between $4,000 and $8,000 to remedy the situation with a second upstairs unit depending on your home.
Seling point: A buyer will likely see it as a positive but don't hold your breath if you think it will increase the value of your home.