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hot second floor

Todd_10 Member Posts: 2

Quick question for you heating pro types, even though its too hot to have heat on (thank god with the price of oil).

About 5 years ago we took out a wall on first floor which opened up the first to the second floor. Now second floor heats up a little too much. Fans on ceiling in second floor do help. But wondering if anyone has any other creative solutions (other than putting wall back up). Rooms are all 12ftx12ft on first and second floor. Ceilings are lower on second floor by about a foot. House has been re-insulated and has vinyl siding. One idea I had was to put new windows on first floor to heat that area up faster, but not sure if it would work or not..anyway open to any ideas.



  • Big Ed
    Big Ed Member Posts: 1,117

    Heat rises. So If you have too much radiation for the heat loss of the home you can try to cut down on the radiation on the second floor or return the heat that has risen to the top floor back to the first with fans ,with or without ducts......
  • GMcD
    GMcD Member Posts: 477

    "Heat" does not rise. Warm air rises. Ideally the warm air that stratifies in a building should be recirculated to areas that need the warm air, or if the warm air is not needed (summertime) then exhaust it out via a relief fan or roof vent. Sounds like a good application for an HRV unit....
  • Dale
    Dale Member Posts: 1,317
    Hot air

    Since hot air rises do all you can to plug all 2nd floor air leaks, the tighter the window the better but the bath fans and ceiling fixtures and scuttle hole seals in the closets can be huge leakers. I once found a 1/2 open panel in a closet ceiling on a second floor, no cold air in as the hot went out so fast. The HRV is a good idea for health reasons and it can be designed to put a bit of pressure into the too hot space. You supply ducts, if forced air can be made to supply a bit more to one floor. If it were me I would start with any air leaks first, most cost effective.
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