Considering a Second Air Conditioner?
If you have a two-story house then you know how hard it is to keep that upstairs cool. A second AC unit may be worth looking into!
Let’s say you set the thermostat to 68 and it’s comfortable but the upstairs is still 75. St. Charles weather gets hot and muggy. This can cause your bill to go sky-high while you are trying to keep it cool. Heat rises so your air conditioner is going to be running all the time if you are trying to get the upper level to have the same temperature as the main floor. If you have more rooms upstairs your air conditioner is going to be working overtime.
Cooling costs with two ac units
Factors to consider:
- Is your AC outdated?
- How many rooms do you have on the upper level?
How To Get Air Conditioning Air Conditioning To The Second Floor
Installing a 2nd Floor AC Unit
Cost– Buying a two AC unit is going to cost more than purchasing one. If you have two units you will not need as big of a second one. Generally, the money you are going to save monthly will offset the cost of the unit upstairs. Keep in mind it also has a lot to do with how often you use the AC.
Fan From Auto To On -Your thermostat has a setting that you can adjust. If you have an updated thermostat you can also adjust the fan speed to push more air.
Energy Savings– The single non-zoned units require you to keep all areas cool of the house. We see people here in St Charles Mo keeping the downstairs off at night and only running the upstairs when sleeping.
Temperatures– A lot of the older homes in and around St. Louis MO have a tough keeping the temperature at a steady level. You have to remember the sun beats on the roof all day long. The heat starts warming everything below it. There’s not much you can do here except for adding a second cooling option.
System Failures– If one fails, the other one will hold you over until you can schedule repairs!
Zoned Systems– Yes you can have a single unit with two or more thermostats. This will cool the house evenly as well. The zones system has dampers in the ductwork the open, close to regulate airflow, and temp in each zone. A regular central air system pushes cool air to the entire house. A single zone has the most advantages of the two-unit system. The house is divided into two zones upstairs and downstairs. For each zone, it has its thermostat that is controlled by a thermostat.
Quick Tip– Check your air filter. It could just be that it needs a good cleaning.