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Cooling Upstairs Bedrooms?

The kids' bedrooms are on the front of the house (2nd floor), so we don't want unsightly window a/c units. Ceilings are too low for ceiling fans. There's an attic above. Any ideas for cooling these rooms? (Desk fans help, but we're looking for a better, permanent solution.)


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You can put in central AC in the attic but the heat loss is terrible. Check www.buildingscience.com. What kind of heat do you have? Is it forced hot air? If so, tie the AC into that

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You could try an attic fan that mounts on your roof (or Gable side)and is controlled with a thermostat. It will keep your attic cooler in the summer. It has to be hard wired so may need professional to install, other then that fairly inexpensive.

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You could look into getting a ductless air-conditioning system seems they are called mini-splits. They have a unit that is hung inside the room on the wall and refrigerant lines come from the condensing unit which is placed somewhere outside. I’m not sure how far away the condenser can be from the wall units though but it would elevate the problems of running ducts in the house or having unsightly window units. Hope this helps you out.

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A solution we implemented was removing all items stored in the attic and increased insultation. It has made the entire upstairs significantly more comfortable.

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The mini split is probably the best option. One was featured on Ask TOH. The one they had looked good and the condenser outside wasn't unsightly at all. The lines can be covered with a metal chase or you could use wood if it would match your house better.
Good luck.

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