Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “If you find yourself having problems 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, B&W Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Inc.: “Most two story homes have a pretty good temperature difference between the second floor and the first floor. The main reason for that is your thermostat in your house. Your thermostat is typically located on the first floor of your house; so that is what is 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.
On your thermostat, there is 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. What that does in your house is that keeps the rooms a little more even-temperatured because you are continuously circulating the air throughout the house so it’s mixing all the air between the upstairs and the downstairs. What the electronic zone system has in it - it’s pretty much we are adding another thermostat to the second floor and we are putting automatic dampers in it. So when the second floor calls for heating or cooling, all the registers there get all the air and the downstairs turn off. So you are forcing all the air up to the second floor. 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 are 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 $3,000 area, but again, every home is different. Sizes and costs come into play.”
Angie’s List Tips:
Keep fan set to “ON” & make sure registers are clear for max. air circulation
Try a zone system
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