I just moved to a new town and the Wife and I are renting one of these
"three-story" townhouses and have discovered the heating is just
whacked. It's forced hot air (natural gas). There's a ten degree
difference between the first and third floors, and I don't know what
The first floor contains a garage and family room, which is ~66F day
The second floor is the main living level - a living room/dining room
over the garage and a kitchen/dining area over the family room. Temp
in the living room is ~68F. The thermostat is on the wall in the
doorway between LR/DR and kitchen and is always set to 71F.
The third floor is three bedrooms, 2 small and one master with
cathedral ceiling and ceiling fan. The upstairs registers are always
closed. The temp avgs. 75F during the day and bumps to 77-78F in the
morning. The MBR faces east, as does the kitchen.
The HVAC has no zones - just the usual aluminum-faced fiberglass
ductwork going to the upper floors - so I can't control what heated
air goes where short of closing registers. None of the air returns are
blocked on any of the three levels, so I don't believe it's that, and
a sheet of paper does get sucked against the returns when the heat is
Since this is a rental and I can't go cutting into ductwork and the
like to install zones, short of getting space heaters, do I have any
options to reduce the temp in the bedrooms a bit? Even though the
ceiling of the garage is insulated, could we be losing heat through
the living room floor, and that's why it's cooler, even in the
afternoons when we get sun there?