My house is a 1.5 story with most of the upstairs being finished which made ducting and such a problem when we built. We have two units. one only runs the down stairs the other does mainly the upstairs but does two rooms down stairs and the return air draws from the bottom floor. the thermostat is in the kitchen close to the return air inlet. although the thermostats for each unit sit on the lower level about 35' apart across an open living area and kitchen the termostat that sits in the kitchen and runs the upstairs run soooo much more than the one across the room when set to the same temperature. I does not matter if we are heating or cooling it runs more. It does sit close to the oven and the doors to our patio and garage. Would there be a problem moving the thermostat for that unit upstairs. When we built the contactor really wanted it by the return air. Is it that important?
I am looking for a programable thermostat I can program to run the heat (or might settle for just the fan) regarless of the temperature. I run my fireplace in the winter and some bedrooms get COLD. the thermosat is in the room with the fireplace. It would be nice if I could have the heat come on once an hour while we sleep and run for a few minutes even if the living room is 80 degrees. Is there a thermostat that can do this? I have emailed some of the thermostat makers and no one has responded. I have a heat pump.