Professor’s Tips – My two story home always feels uncomfortable in the summer!

Professor’s Tips – My two story home always feels uncomfortable in the summer!

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Do you have that two-story home that never gets comfortable upstairs or in the bedrooms? Professor Gatsby’s has solutions for this common situation! In addition to the possible solutions below, feel free to reach out to us so we can get you a better diagnosis of your system.


Option 1: If your system is older and you are considering a new one

  • Make sure you ask your contractor to install a variable speed motor.
    • Not only is it more efficient, but these types of motors help push more air, further.
    • Make sure your contractor Is using the proper tools to determine which size system to install (this is an extremely common mistake we find)
    • Ask about the warranty on the equipment. (Amana’s warranty is lifetime heat exchanger and compressor parts replacement!)

Option 2: Having your attic air sealed

Wherever a wall meets a ceiling on the second floor, there is air leakage that goes down the wall causing more heat that your air conditioner is trying to transfer. It is important to create a barrier between your living space and the attic to keep you comfortable and efficient. After air ceiling these gaps, add insulation. Insulation is one of the best ways to make your home more efficient. Insulation levels are measured using an “R” value, where the higher the R value, the more efficient the home.

  • Homes that were built in the 1970s typically had an R value of 11 or under, where as homes built today have R values as high as 38!

Option 3: Add some return ductwork

Many times we find that homes were built with inadequate return ducts. By increasing the return, the system is able to pull more hot air from your home. We may be able to add additional returns in a bedroom(s) to help make it more comfortable for you.

At Professor Gatsby’s, we have the knowledge and tools to provide you with the correct solution for your home!



Call us to see if you qualify for the NJ’s BPI Program. We can perform an energy audit on your home




Amana Warranty

“Additionally, our most efficient furnace units offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty* protection on the heat exchanger to the original, registered*, single-family homeowner of a properly matched system. If the original owner should have a compressor failure or heat exchanger, we will replace the air failed unit with a comparable Amana brand product at no cost.”


Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown
20:04 11 Jun 17
Their techs were clean and punctual. AC unit wasn't working. Called them on a hot, sunny Sunday and they took care of everything same day. Very knowledgeable. Explained each step and what needed to be repaired. Reasonably priced too! Would HIGHLY recommend this company!
Alyssa Ciarrocchi
Alyssa Ciarrocchi
02:49 13 Jun 17
Called on an extremely hot evening with little to no hope of having anyone come out. Matt said he would be out within the hour and he arrived within thirty minutes. He assessed the problem and then explained it to myself and my room mate. He set off to work and it was dark outside. He continuously kept us updated on the progress and was extremely knowledgeable in helping us understand what went wrong. Matt was amazing and will be recommended to anyone and everyone for his prompt service, his expertise and his saving the day. I am switching over to Professor Gatsby now for all hearing and air conditioning needs! Thank you for your help!
BJ Collings
BJ Collings
01:37 16 Jun 17
Very professional and clean! Matt and his crew did a wonderful job. They replaced our entire HVAC system, added a second return duct and installed a new water heater. Now our system is now well balanced on all floors and with the recent hot weather it really showed. After a few days Matt followed up with us just to see how everything was working and if I had any concerns. I said I couldn't be happier with everything overall. I would definitely recommend Professor Gatsby's.
Rich F
Rich F
02:53 01 May 17
So Matt came out at 9pm on Sunday night to check my AC. He diagnosed and fixed the issue in an hour and charged me an extremely reasonable fee. I'm extremely happy we found this company because if I ever have another issue I don't have to be nervous about who might come out. I'd pay what he charged me just for the peace of mind. Extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy
Marty Long
Marty Long
16:02 14 Jan 17
Saturday morning ... snow expected in the afternoon ... and ... of course ... our heater goes out. We are fortunate enough to know the owner of Professor Gatsby's Heating and Cooling and he was our first call. I can not rave enough about not only the quality of the service ... but the ethics that drive the company are unsurpassed ... especially in their industry. I would not, and do not, hesitate to recommend Professor Gatsby's for all of your heating and cooling needs. Reputable, reasonable, responsible, caring and ethical. What else could you possible ask for in a heating and cooling contractor? Thanks, Matt ... and continued success to you and your company!!!
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