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Old 10-15-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Heat Escaping Upstairs


I have forced hot air gas (two zones). My problem is with heat from the downstairs zone escaping upstairs and causing two issues:

1) Wasting of energy
2) "Tricking" the upstairs thermostat (which is in the hall at top of stairs) into thinking it is warmer than it actually is resulting in cold bedrooms

I have read about curtains/blankets some people put at the foot of interior stairs. What do people here recommend? Thanks!


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Old 10-15-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
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You could hang a sheet or blanket to cover the to opening to the stairs but you may nned to turn the stat in the upstairs up a couple deg's to help compesate for the heat gain from the main floor


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Old 10-16-2009, 08:36 AM   #3
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Move the thermostat or adjust the dampers so that more conditioned air goes upstairs.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:03 AM   #4
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Currently we have a door that leads upstairs
I wouldn't put a blanket up, maybe a curtain - something that looks nice
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:12 PM   #5
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My thoughts are the same, if at all possible move the thermostat. The cost of the wire is so much cheap than fooling around with adding doors, blankets or any other makeshift remedy. Save yourself the time money and frustration..
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