As spring temperatures start warming up, so too will the second story of your home. In fact, one of the biggest complaints among multi-story homeowners is their inability to keep the second story bedrooms as cool as the first-floor living spaces.

To keep your second-floor rooms cool this spring, follow these tips:

Spring Cooling Tip: Have the Air Conditioning and HVAC System Inspected If the Temperature Difference Is Drastic

If there is a big difference between the temperature on your first story and second, then it is entirely possible there is a problem with the HVAC system or air conditioner compressor. Sometimes ducts come loose or the system's mechanical parts need servicing, and once that's been done by a licensed air conditioning contractor, then the home's heating and cooling become much more balanced.

Spring Cooling Tip: Change Your Furnace Filter for Maximum Airflow

To push air all the way to your home's second story vents, the HVAC system needs a certain amount of pressure and airflow. You can greatly increase the airflow by regularly changing out the furnace filter. HVAC system filters get dirty very quickly, and you should change it more frequently when you live in a two-story home to ensure enough airflow gets to remote vent sites.

Spring Cooling Tip: Don't Use the Automatic Setting on Your Thermostat for Cooling

If the thermostat controlling all of the heating and cooling for your home is located on the first floor and you set it to a certain temperature and put it on automatic, then the system will run until it reaches that temperature at the location of the thermostat.

This is a problem in a multi-story home because while it may be the correct temperature right at the thermostat, it could still be many degrees warmer on the second story. For this reason, you should use the "on" setting when running the air conditioner to ensure it gets enough air up to cool the second story.

Spring Cooling Tip: Install More Insulation in the Attic

If you try each of the previous tips and nothing seems to keep the second story of your home cool enough as it starts getting into the hotter summer months, then you should seriously consider installing more insulation in the attic. Attic insulation keeps the heat from the roof out of your living space and will go a long way towards keeping the second story cooler.

Lastly, as an added bonus, the extra insulation will keep your home warmer in the winter and save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills year-round. 

Call an air conditioning service for more help maintaining a consistent temperature throughout your home.