06:12AM | 08/09/04
Member Since: 01/15/02
25 lifetime posts
I had central air put in when I added a room to the 2nd fl 2 yrs ago. It cools great upstairs but the 1st level is always at least 5-7 deg warmer, much more if my wife is cooking. I believe there just are not enough registers downstairs (4 down, 6 upstairs). Especially only 1 in the kitchen (I asked the installer when he did the job if that was enough and he assured me it was, the house "would balance out"). The installer has made many return trips trying to damper etc. to balance things out to no avail. Anyway, my question is this, the thermostat is upstairs, I suggested to the installer that it be moved downstairs but he said it would not solve the problem. I was wondering if it was possible to have both a downstairs and upstairs thermostat and have a switch installed to sort of "toggle" back and forth between the 2 depending on what part of the house was the warmest at the time? Plausable?


12:50PM | 08/09/04
Member Since: 01/15/02
25 lifetime posts
Thanks for the input HKESTENHOLZ. We have tried lowering it to 65 when it gets to hot downstairs but then it's freezing upstairs. I guess my hope is if we can have a thermostat downstairs, we can dampen down some of the upstairs ducts and even things out that way. (contractor has already tried dampening down the upstairs to slow down the cooling and hoepfully cool the downstairs but it hasn't worked that way.)

But let me see if I understand this right before I go to my contractor, you can have 2 seperate thermostats hooked up to one unit and switch between the two? This would be common knowledge for an A/C contractor? How do you select which one controls? I figure as long as we were planning on moving the thermosat downstairs, we may as well keep the upstairs one tied in also, right? Thanks again for all the info!!
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