Good afternoon, hope you all have had a nice holiday weekend! I'm a homeowner curious if our new home (built about 1 year ago) may have an HVAC issue or if we're just victim to the mass builder choosing the cheapest route to provide an HVAC solution.
This home is a two-story with an unfinished basement with standard heat pump, Goodman 2.5 ton system with solid ducting. Thermostat is on first floor.
- Basement: unfinished approx. 750 square feet
- no returns, two ceiling registers
- 1st floor: approx 750 square feet (very open with great room with kitchen, and small enclosed powder room)
- one return, 4 floor registers in open area, 5th register in powder
- 2nd floor: approx 1,200 square feet (four bedrooms, two bathrooms, small loft, laundry closet)
- two smaller returns, each room has one floor register (7 total registers upstairs)
We moved in this summer and the upstairs was several degrees warmer that the first floor. Now that it is winter time, I assumed that the upstairs would again be warmer because of the whole "heat rises" thing, but it is not the case. The upstairs is cooler.
Right now I am using a basic fiberglass filter to prevent any air restrictions and I am keeping all registers fully open because I've read that puts the least amount of strain on the system for longevity. Any advice on helping to get the temperature more even between floors?