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    Default Cold Basement

    Our house is a one-story house with a two-story addition on the back. For years we've heated with wood stoves, one in the front part, one-story and a stove in the daylight basement of the back part, two-story. With the high efficency furnaces and government incentives, we decided to get a furnace installed in the back part of the house. The thermostat is on the second floor. I argued it should be in the daylight basement like the woodstove was, but the installer thought my logic was wrong. Now, we have 68 deg. upstairs and 62 deg. or less in the daylight basement. Also, there's no carpeting on the floor in the daylight basement. Should the thermostat be moved? Should we install carpet on the floor of the daylight basement? Is there another idea you have to solve our problem? By the way, we lost our carpeting a few years ago when the basement flooded. We think we've got that problem fixed, but would like to install something on the floor.

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    Default Re: Cold Basement

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyscout80 View Post
    Our house is a one-story house with a two-story addition on the back. For years we've heated with wood stoves, one in the front part, one-story and a stove in the daylight basement of the back part, two-story. With the high efficency furnaces and government incentives, we decided to get a furnace installed in the back part of the house. The thermostat is on the second floor. I argued it should be in the daylight basement like the woodstove was, but the installer thought my logic was wrong.
    Is the * second * floor at the same level as the orginal part of the house ?
    If so then I would agree the thermostat should be where it is.


    Now, we have 68 deg. upstairs and 62 deg. or less in the daylight basement. Also, there's no carpeting on the floor in the daylight basement. Should the thermostat be moved? Should we install carpet on the floor of the daylight basement? Is there another idea you have to solve our problem? By the way, we lost our carpeting a few years ago when the basement flooded. We think we've got that problem fixed, but would like to install something on the floor.
    Part of the issue may depend on how well the basement walls are insulated , also , where the is furnace located.
    If the furnace is located in the basement then likely the heat supply vents are located in the ceiling. Depending on how many , the sizes , and if there are any return vents in the basement will impact on how well the warm air gets supplied and circulated.

    If you were to move the thermostat into the basement and it is not well insulated along with poor air supply and circulation , there will still be a temperature difference except the upstairs will end up being too warm.

    If all the other variables are good ( insulation and proper air supply and circulation ) then you might consider having the heating system zoned.
    Basically, you would have a thermostat in both the basement and upper level that would be controlling a damper system for each zone. This way the furnace will supply warm air to each space independantly to satisfy each themostat.

    Bottom line is --- you will never have both levels the same tempertaure with one thermostat on a different level.

    As for carpet --- if you are 100 percent sure the water issue is resolved --- yes, carpet helps to provide an insulated floor surface.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
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    Default Re: Cold Basement

    Call a few reputable HVAC Cos. and find how much it would cost to have your house zoned or balance your system with the supply dampers that are in the takeoffs. You should be able to get it closer that 6 degrees. As canuk says,insulation is important.

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