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hmc 10-25-2005 09:44 PM

Heat Pump argh!
Okay, here is the deal. I have a 2 story house. I have 2 AC units...the one for upstairs is the heat pump kind (so I have been told) and the one downstairs is regular. I have been told that this is odd and is usually the other way around. Whatever....I don't know if this is true or not. What I want to know is the following:
1. Is there any way to cool the upstairs so that it matches downstairs, i.e. 72 for real...not just trying to get there
2. What is the whole heat pump deal anyway?
3. I have been told that you will never be able to get upstairs as coll as can this be true? This is America, we can send a man to the moon, surely we can cool the upstairs of my home to a comfortable 72 degrees.

Mike Swearingen 10-26-2005 03:16 PM

1. If a heat pump is sized properly, it should cool your living space - up or down - to the desired temperature.
2. A heat pump is either an air-to-air or water-to-air heating and cooling system. The compressor reverses to heat or cool as called for by the thermostat. It may or may not have auxiliary heating coils.
3. Hot air rises, and it is always easier to heat the upstairs, and harder to cool it.
What do you consider "regular"? Gas or heating oil furnace with an airconditioner?
I have a two-story A-frame with a single high-efficiency heat pump with two zone control tstats (up and down), and we keep our home at 68 degrees year-round with it (up and down), becuase we like it like that.
Have your systems inspected and serviced by an HVAC technician.
Good Luck!

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