I've searched the forumns but had no luck; I thought I'd try here
I'd like to install a thermostat upstairs to place a setpoint at
around 60F at night (say 1am till 6am). After that period I'd like
the downstairs thermostat to kick in and setpoint to 60F.
I realize this may sound contradictory, but the way this house is
designed the front door leaks near the thermostat, triggering it more
often then needed. Thus at night all the heat builds up upstairs....
and I like it cold.
Are there any complete systems that come to mind that might fit this
Thanks in advance,
I once went to radio shack and got a 4 pole double throw relay (1 pole for
each thermostat wire) and appropriate power supply . Then a simple wall
timer activated the relay at night and switched the furnace to the upstairs
thermostat. Don't think this will work with programmable thermostats that
get their power from the wire.
Or, relocate the thermostat. If you don't want to go that far,
a simple programmable would do it. You would need to fine tune
the night setting to reach the results you want upstairs, but
there has to be a number below 60 downstairs that will yield
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Geez, Tom, that's just ridiculous, even for you. The *first* thing to do is
*obviously* to fix the air leaks at the front door.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss
Do you have any recommendations as to a wireless thermostat?
I've actually dragged out an IR camera and photographed the heat loss
to the door that leaks like a sieve. I didn't think I needed to
explain all 100 reasons as to why I would want to regulate the
upstairs temperature at the expense of the downstairs in order to get
a useful direction; apparently I was wrong.
Perhaps the biggest reason? It's an old house and, even with all of
the areas patched, insulated, thermostripped, there still exists a
cold sink in that area. Thus, regardless of most of the groups
helpful suggestions, they all have been done. Moving the thermostat
to any other wall requires moving the ductwork off the base of that
wall, otherwise hot air would immediately shut the furnace off after 5
seconds (tested by moving the thermostat with electrical wires).
Thanks again George for the suggestion- I'll try looking at a pair of
them and seeing if I can't devise a shutoff system for them.
Sorry, I can't recommend anything. I have very little knowledge other than
what I found via a search engine.
Seems like you'd want a single thermostat consisting of a wired base, to
replace existing thermostat, and a wireless remote which can be repositioned
up or downstairs.
I'd call the manufacturer's 800 number to ensure compatibility with your
heating/cooling system and try to order through your local HVAC people.
On 8 Dec 2003 22:49:41 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason Hirsch)
Ditto on fixing the leak.
You didn't mention your setup, but if it was my problem with my
system and I didn't have the money to do it right, I'd just stick a
couple of identical cheap programmable thermostats in parallel
(without the cooling wire Y connected upstairs) and give that a try.
The programming would take care of your timing and temperature
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