Everyone with a multiple story home knows what it’s like to get the first floor temperature just right only to feel like you’re walking into an oven when you head upstairs. This kind of temperature fluctuation is common in houses of two stories or more because the thermostat is only reading temperatures on one of your floors – usually the first floor. Even if it’s 10 degrees hotter upstairs, the air may not kick in because the thermostat on the ground floor says everything’s fine. So, what can you do to even out the temperatures throughout your entire house?
One quick fix is to take your fan off of “auto” and change it to “on.” By doing this, you’ll continually circulate the air around the house and bring every room closer to the same temperature. This only works so well, though. If you really want to get floors to a specific temperature that you feel comfortable at, you should call an experienced Sacramento heating and cooling contractor. Professionals can help by doing one of two things: installing multiple heating and cooling systems in your home for maximum control, or adding a zone system that focuses your heating and cooling where it’s needed using dampers.
To hear more about how you can keep you entire house at a comfortable temperature, please take a look at the video below:
SACRAMENTO HEATING AND COOLING VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: 3 Tips to Get Your Room Temperature Right
ANGIE HICKS: If you find yourself having trouble with temperature on different levels of your house, talk to a reputable heating and cooling company, because they can give you suggestions for how to best manage for that, whether it be settings on your existing system or whether you need to add additional equipment.
DAVE MEJEAN: Most two-story homes have a pretty good temperature difference between the second floor and the first floor. And the main reason for that is your thermostat in your house. Your thermostat is typically located on the first floor of you house, so that’s what’s reading all the temperatures. So when it gets cool enough or warm enough in there, that’s what shuts the unit off. So it doesn’t really pay attention to what the temperature is upstairs.
The other thing you can do is, on your thermostat there’s a switch on there for your fan for “on” and “auto,” so you want to switch that to “on.” And what that will do is run your fan continuously. And what that does in your house is that keeps the rooms on a more even temperature because you’re continuously circulating the air throughout the house, so it’s mixing all the air between the upstairs and downstairs.
What the electronic zone system has in it – it’s pretty much we’re adding another thermostat to the second floor and we’re putting automatic dampers in it. So when the second floor calls for heating or cooling, all the registers up there get all the air and the downstairs turns off. So you’re forcing all the air up there to the second floor. So it’s almost like having another system in your house. And when the downstairs calls for heating or cooling, all those dampers open up and all the air blows down there and it shuts the air off upstairs. So you’re getting good control of the air between upstairs and downstairs.
To add a zone system to an existing home, you might be looking at the $3000 area, but again, every home is different; sizes and costs come into play.