Most homes, including multi-story houses, have just one thermostat that controls the temperature throughout. If you own a multi-story home, you should have a thermostat on each floor to effectively control the temperature and save money. Here are some ways to correctly use thermostats in a house with multiple levels.
Remember That Heat Rises
As everyone learns in high school, heat rises. More correctly, warm air rises. This means the warm air on the first story of your house will rise to the floors above it, making them warmer. For this reason, you need a thermostat on each floor of your residence.
At Metal Masters Heat & Air, we install programmable and smart thermostats in our customers’ homes in Medford and Klamath Falls. We also explain how to use these systems correctly.
Thermostat Settings in the Summer
In the summer, you want to set the thermostat on the highest floor in your house to your desired temperature. You will then set the thermostats two degrees cooler as you make your way to the lowest floor in your residence.
If you have a three-story townhouse, for instance, set the top floor’s temperature to 74 degrees, the second floor to 72 degrees, and the first floor to 70 degrees. This is called a “temperature cascade,” and it will make your whole home more comfortable.
Winter Thermostat Settings
You will want to take the opposite approach in the winter. Set the first floor’s thermostat to your desired temperature, and then decrease the temperature setting on your thermostats by two degrees as you go up. Warm air on the first floor will rise and make the upper floors more comfortable.
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