If your air conditioner’s spring tune up has already been accomplished, you may be looking for additional tips to save money this summer. Tri Star Heating and Cooling is here to help you with care tips for your air conditioner and furnace all year long.
What is stratification?
Though stratification seems like a long word that means something terrible, it’s actually pretty simple. Stratification is nothing but a big fancy word that means the air in your home is separating into layers of warm and cold. Most homeowners in Burlington, KY and the Greater Cincinnati area know that the warm air in our home rises. Conversely, the cool air gets pushed down. If your air conditioner is not keeping the air in your home evenly mixed, that means you are experiencing stratification.
What can I do?
First, let’s revisit your air conditioner’s spring tune up. It’s important to know that the unit is working properly. If it is, you may still be experiencing stratification – especially if you live in a two-story home. Here are a few tips to help regulate the air in your home more evenly:
1. Your ceiling fan is for more than simply stirring up the air. Running a ceiling fan in the opposite direction than normal will help pull cold air up and push warmer air down.
2. Close some of your vents on the lower level to force the cool air upstairs where the warmer air is hanging out. This can also help even out the air temperatures throughout the home.
3. You can also try running the fan on your air conditioner. This is not a long-term solution as it may increase your electric bill. However, if some days the stratification in your home seems worse than other days, you can run the fan as a temporary solution. This also helps clear the air of pollutants if you are suffering from severe allergies.
If you are considering installing a new air conditioner, and have experienced stratification in the past, you should ask your HVAC contractor about the best unit to combat this problem. There are several types of air conditioners that will help regulate the warm and cold air in your home. Your contractor may even suggest a dual zoned system.
Stay tuned for more money saving tips and advice from the KY HVAC Blog and Tri Star Heating and Cooling. Where we pride ourselves in quality services at affordable pricing.