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There are a few possible reasons, so it's hard to answer definitively without knowing the particulars of your house. For instance, you don't mention whether you have air conditioning and, if so, what type. Having said that, the most likely cause for a wide temperature range between the two levels is bad insulation. If your house is a Cape Cod-style dwelling or a split-level where the second floor has little or no attic above it, it may be chronically hot in summer (and cold in winter) because the living area is directly below the sun-drenched roof. If there is an attic above it, it may be poorly insulated or ventilated, or both. Make sure you have plenty of insulation placed on the attic floor, and ensure there are adequate fans and vents to keep the attic temps down to reasonable levels. There should be at least one exhaust fan and two vents, one on each side of the house, or in the soffits. Keeping the attic from overheating will not only make the second deck more comfortable, it will prolong the life of the roof. The insulation in the attic will also help keep the second floor warm in winter.

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first of all, the attic is closer to the sun.

moreover, the atmospheric level is very low in the basement ( radiant heat barely reaches the basement)

next, the higher the air gets the less oxygen there is in the air. so high air level is always warm

also, the cold air is more dense and sinks, warm air rises.

last, the cold air in the basement heats up and rises as warm air in the attic cools and sinks.

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There are a variety of factors to account for outside that aren't present inside. For example, the sun will make you warmer outside even at the same temperate that is inside. Other factors include the humidity and wind.

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1) it's underground

2) sunlight can't get through

3) warm air flows up

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When heat forms, it rises to the top and stays there.

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Warm air is less dense and tends to rise, cool air is more dense and tends to sink due to the process called convection.

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