Stratification is the formation of different temperatures in certain areas of your home. Air conditioners and heaters that aren’t working properly often cause stratification, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures. If you experience colder conditions lower to the ground and hotter temperatures near the ceiling, you are probably experiencing stratification.

how does stratification affect your ac unit

The reason for this is simple. Warm air rises, while cold air sinks. When your air conditioner is running, the cold air falls and displaces the warmer air. This results in temperature bands running from the floor to the ceiling, with the warmest air near the top of the room and the coolest at the bottom. Stratification is not a good thing because it means you have a low static pressure in your home and are not getting enough airflow.

How Do I Check For Stratification?

The first thing you should check if you notice uneven temperatures in your home is your heating system filters. These filters can become blocked and are the most common culprit of airflow problems. Luckily, filters can be replaced quickly and inexpensively.

The second thing to check is the dampers. These are essential airflow restrictors that can be opened or closed to manage airflow. Recently, variable-flow dampers have been designed and made available for residential use, but older home dampers can only be opened or closed, with no middle ground. If a damper is closed, this means air cannot circulate, resulting in insufficient “mixing” of the air and stratification. This problem can make your house less comfortable when going up or down stairs.

Stratification is a common problem, especially in older homes. Technicians trained in Las Vegas air conditioning repair frequently find themselves confronted with the symptoms of stratification, in addition to other technical difficulties. If the upper floor of your home is significantly warmer than the downstairs, this indicates an airflow problem which should be addressed as soon as possible. Contact us today to avoid a higher utility bill and decreased comfort in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, call us at (702) 932-7284 for more information.