Heat Circulation and Staircases

The biggest challenge for any homeowner is learning how to conserve heat. The hardest places to heat up during the wintertime specifically are stairways, hallways and landings. As hot air rises in your home, it will often utilize your staircase to make it up to the second floor. In the wintertime, you might not mind hot air making its way up your steps and closer to your sleeping quarters at night.

There are others ways you can maximize heat circulation in your entire home that we want you to know about so that you can stay warm all winter-long.

Trap Heat Downstairs Heat Circulation and Staircases

  • If you want an even distribution of heat in your two-story home, you can strategically place electric radiators in your downstairs hallway and upstairs landing.

These are two hot spots in your home that when heated up together, act as a force field that will trap ground heat from rising and the temperature of your downstairs will stabilize.

Use Ceiling Fans

The simplest way to stop hot air from gathering in your home at any time of the year is to install a ceiling fan at the top of your steps.

  • When the ceiling fan is on, it will push hot air down and prevent it from gathering at the top of your steps and on the second level of your home.
  • It helps if you open up the windows upstairs while doing this to evenly distribute the heat.

Improve Ventilation

You can also limit the amount of hot air that sits in the upper levels of your home by creating positive ventilation upstairs.

  • You can do this by shutting the windows upstairs as well as your cooling vents downstairs and then turning your air conditioning system on.
  • This will blow cold air into your upstairs area and push the hot air to other parts of your home.

Trap Heat Upstairs 

If you prefer the hot air from your home to remain upstairs, as many homeowners prefer during colder months, you can get inventive with your staircase by adding a door at the bottom.

  • This will prevent the heat from escaping. Some homeowners will use a blanket or sheet to block off the entry point to the stairs as well.

Regardless of how you choose to deal with the thermodynamics of your staircase, you should know that there are solutions for doing it. Acadia Stairs can help you install a brand new staircase in your home and speak with you about how to increase the circulation in your home regardless of which kind of staircase you choose.

Call us at 845-765-8600 today to check out the staircases we can provide for you.