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Fixing a cold basement

Question from Karl: My basement gets too cold when I turn the Air Conditioner on to cool the upstairs rooms in the summer. How can I fix this?

Jake's Answer: Karl, Basements will almost always be cooler than the rest of the house.  The cooling demand is much less than the rest of the house – virtually no windows or doors, walls that remain cool through out the year, and no sun load.
Here are some ideas:
  • Make sure the door at the top of the stairs is closed, cold air likes to fall.
  • Make sure you have adequate return air on the upper levels of your home.  Hot air likes to rise and proper return air helps to re-circulate. 
  • Check for any leaks in your duct work and close any registers.
  • Insulate your duct work.

Hopefully these ideas will help you.  

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