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Old 01-20-2014, 04:54 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is exactly an HVAC question, but here goes. Two story townhome with a south-facing exposure and cheap single-pane windows. The upstairs and especially the upstairs back (south side) bedrooms get very hot in the afternoons in summer. If I run the AC to the point where it's comfortable downstairs it's still hot in the bedrooms. Plus I'd prefer not to have to run the AC when it's comfortable downstairs already.

I've put film on the south facing windows and when it's hot I open the windows and put a fan in them to pull outside air in, but it still doesn't really cool the rooms down.

So my idea is this--I have an L-shaped staircase that currently has a hanging light at the mid landing. I'm wondering, if I replaced that with a ceiling fan and used it to pull downstairs air up, might that help to equalize the temperature between stories?
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I'm not sure if this is exactly an HVAC question, but here goes. Two story townhome with a south-facing exposure and cheap single-pane windows. The upstairs and especially the upstairs back (south side) bedrooms get very hot in the afternoons in summer. If I run the AC to the point where it's comfortable downstairs it's still hot in the bedrooms. Plus I'd prefer not to have to run the AC when it's comfortable downstairs already.

I've put film on the south facing windows and when it's hot I open the windows and put a fan in them to pull outside air in, but it still doesn't really cool the rooms down.

So my idea is this--I have an L-shaped staircase that currently has a hanging light at the mid landing. I'm wondering, if I replaced that with a ceiling fan and used it to pull downstairs air up, might that help to equalize the temperature between stories?
Ayuh,... The ceiling fan will no doubt help,....

Do have have windows on the north side,..??

If so, I'd think turnin' yer fans around, 'n blowin' air Outa the house into the hot side of the house, will draw cooler air in off the shaded side,....
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