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Is Your Second Floor Too Hot?

Is your second floor too hot? If you live in a multi-story home, you may have come across this problem. Here are some common reasons why:

Hot Air

Heat rises - if your HVAC system is on the first floor or basement, it has to push out hot air as the cooler air enters, meaning it has to work harder to distribute cool air to the floor/s above. Some factors that determine how hard your system has to work are:

  • The number of rooms in your home

  • The age and condition of your system

  • How well equipped the system is for cooling.

Hot Roof

Unless your roof was designed to deflect the sunlight, it will absorb the sun’s heat. This heat travels from the attic to the floor below, making it harder for your HVAC to cool. Adding more insulation to your attic will often times help lessen this problem.


Ducts distribute the air throughout your home. If there’s a problem with the ductwork such as improper installation, leaks, or old age, your system will have to work harder to cool the home.

If you're having issues with hot or cold spots in your home, call 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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