How to Set Your Thermostat for a Multi-Story Home

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The HVAC industry continues to bring out new technology that helps to make home heating and cooling systems more energy-efficient. One of the latest advancements is the smart thermostat. These thermostats allow homeowners to change their thermostat settings from anywhere their smartphone has internet connectivity.

The Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

One of the biggest benefits of a smart thermostat is that it learns your household's heating and cooling patterns. It then can make suggestions about setting your thermostat to what it determines to be the most energy-efficient schedule for your home.

These smart thermostats will even allow you to view your energy usage so that you can better understand where you can save money on your heating and cooling bills. Smart thermostats can easily be accessed from your smartphone whenever you would like to change your settings. For example, if you leave work early today, you can easily use your smartphone to turn down the thermostat to ensure your home is nice and cool when you arrive.

The Natural Rule of Heat

When you have a multi-story home, it's crucial to remember how heat operates. Hot air will naturally rise, meaning the upper story of your home will naturally end up being hotter than the lower levels of your home. If you don't set your thermostat correctly, you can end up with a frigid downstairs environment.

Additionally, your cooling system will likely run constantly without a break. This can create excessive wear and tear of your system on top of racking up your energy bills significantly.

Setting Your Thermostat Optimally

In the summertime, you want to set the thermostat in the upper level of your home to what your actual desired temperature is. That means if you want it to stay at 68 degrees, then the thermostat for the upper level of your home should be set at 68 degrees. This is because the highest level of your home will be fighting the naturally rising heat as your cold air sinks.

It would be best if you opted for setting your downstairs thermostat two degrees warmer than your upper one. This will account for the natural rising of the heat produced from the lower level of your home. This will ultimately keep your upper level and lower level comfortable without any drastic temperature variations.

While most multi-story homes are comprised of only two floors, that's not always the case. If your home has three or more stories, you'll want to create a one-degree gap between floors instead of a two-degree one. For example, suppose your lower-level thermostat is set at 70 degrees. In that case, your second level should be at 69 degrees, and your upper-level thermostat should be set at 68 degrees.

Contact Us Today

If you're interested in getting a new smart thermostat installed in your home or are having trouble getting the right thermostat settings, contact us at TDI Air Conditioning today. Let our knowledgeable HVAC experts assist you in obtaining the ideal summertime settings for your home cooling system.