“Earth to Fahrenheit HVAC, do you copy? You’re entering the stratosphere now.” No, this week’s HVAC knowledge doesn’t involve a spaceship, but it does involve an atmospheric concept of our planet. During our last post we reviewed what a SEER rating is and this post examines the phenomenon of stratification. Stratification seems like a fancy concept, but is actually very common. If you are familiar with different stories to your home being at different temperatures, then you are familiar with “fancy” stratification.
What is Stratification
Stratification is caused when two different temperature air masses meet and create two different temperature zones. The issue arises when hot air rises, cold air sinks, which creates dramatically different levels of temperature from floor to floor within a home. This happens very frequently in older homes, which are very common in Fahrenheit’s local areas like Elkins Park, Mt. Airy and Jenkintown, PA.
If you have a home that is experiencing stratification then you know how frustrating this can be. Even when you have a new air conditioner system installed, you can feel as though that money was put to waste when any upper-level of your home is unusable. Talk to a local HVAC professional in your area and explain that you are experiencing stratification! They will surely be impressed with your “fancy” industry terminology! Once this professional looks at your current home comfort system and determine how to provide an even comfort throughout the entire home.