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Old 10-07-2010, 10:03 AM   #1
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I am having some problems with difference of temperature when heating my house. The thermostat is located directly beside the kitchen. The thermostat is 5 feet from the dishwasher which runs 1-2 times a day. As well as 5 feet from the stove and 10 feet from the fridge. It is also located in the family room where my wife runs a home daycare so on any given day, there are anywhere from 4 - 7 people running around. There is also a 40 inch LCD TV that seems to produce a lot of heat.

My issue is that I have my thermostat set at 70 but the furnace rarely turns on. I am assuming that because of all the body heat and heat from the appliances, it is causing this are of the house to be 72+ all day. This obviously causes that room to be to hot while the rest of the house is cold. Even at night, when everyone has left, it still is a problem because there are 4 of us living in the house. This makes for a very cold sleep!

We live in a 1170 square foot bungalow with an open concept kitchen that opens to the living room and dinning room. These rooms are attached to long hallway that gives access to 3 bedrooms, the washroom, and a stairwell to the basement.

I have tried turning on the furnace fan occasionally throughout the day but this does not seem to work, and I don't want to have it on all the time. I am trying a table top fan to see if I can push the hot air down the hall to the bedrooms and stairwell but this is not seeming to work either.

Should I attempt to move the thermostat into the hallway near the bedrooms? Or should I just try to increase the circulation of the living room and kitchen so that the extra heat is pushed into the rest of the house.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks in advance!

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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Moving the thermostat might be the easiest, although you have to consider where to put it and you might end up with a very hot living room and kitchen. A ceiling fan might help distribute the heat better, considering the open plan. Even with the small size of your house and that open plan, you might still benefit by upgrading to a zoned system. I have never lived in a house with a forced-air system, so I don't know how much that would cost.

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I agree that moving the thermostat to the hallway would be the easiest route, and, I believe, the most logical. And, as operagost alluded, assuming that you have a forced air system, I would also experiment with partially closing the registers nearest the kitchen area, so that more warm air will flow to the other end of the house.
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With one part of the house always warmer than another part, the only good way to fix the problem is to have multiple zones.

You could close off some of the registers in the warm part of the house. You may need to set the furnace fan to a lower speed when you do this to prevent overloading due to the much smaller air outlet area of the remaining registers.
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If you have a warm air system relocate the thermostat and try to get it as close as you can to the return air area.
If the thermostat is not programmable replace it with a programmable one.
They are more accurate.
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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Relocating the thermostat could make your living room unbearably hot. If it the heat from the kids and kitchen that are keeping it from running the furnace.

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