The Thermodynamics of Staircases

The Thermodynamics of StaircasesA staircase can do a lot for the overall look and feel of your home. When you install the right staircase, it can dramatically improve your home and serve as a focal point of your house. But there are also some challenges that come along with having a staircase.

The biggest challenge associated with a staircase involves managing the heat circulation in your home. Hot air in your home will tend to rise. When air heats up, it expands and becomes less dense. When this happens, the dense hot air has a tendency to float up towards the highest point possible.

As hot air rises in your home, it will often utilize your staircase to make it up to the second floor, which can be problematic depending on the season. In the summertime, hot air rising can make it unbearable in the upper levels of your home, which is why you should take steps to tinker with your home’s circulation.

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 push more hot air down your stairs.

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 and turning your air conditioning system on. This will blow cold air into your upstairs area and push the hot air downstairs.

You can also physically block off the upstairs of your home so that hot air can’t make it up there. Some homeowners will use a blanket or sheet to block off the upstairs, while others will put up a door designed to limit the hot air that can reach the second floor of a home. Regardless of how you choose to deal with the thermodynamics of staircases, you should know that there are solutions for doing it.

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