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How to Balance Temperatures in Split Level Houses

Setting up the thermostats in a home is very easy and quick. You just have to dial up the desired temperature and the device does the rest. This is generally the case for single-story homes. But for split level houses, it is a little more complex than that. So if you’re dwelling in one it would be helpful to understand the temperatures of split level homes in Adelaide and how to balance them.

Understanding Thermal Convection

Thermal convection occurs when cooler air sinks to the lowest level, sending warm air up above it. It is this basic principle of thermodynamics that could potentially cause some problems if not taken note of when installing thermostats systems for two or more story homes. So, it is a mistake to set temperature regulators to the same temperature in each tier of multiple story homes. Check out the following reasons:

Taking a two-story home as an example, during summer, if both temperature control units are set at 75 degrees, what typically happens is that the system upstairs does most of the work. This is because cold air from the ductwork would always stay at the lowest point of the home first, which is the first floor.

If the two temperature regulator units are set to the same temperature, all cold air coming out of the thermostats unit in the top tier of the home keeps the lower levels of the home below the temperature set point, and all heat coming from all levels rises to the second floor, which keeps the unit at the second floor functioning almost continuously, especially on very hot times of the day.

The effect is that the first floor common area of the home is normally overcooled while closed off side rooms are still warm. This occurs because all the air from the temperature regulator upstairs has remained into the common space making the unit downstairs to shut down, which means no conditioned air is being transported to any side rooms downstairs. And upstairs living space is usually warm, while closed off rooms are overcooled. This occurs because all the heat coming from downstairs is continuously rising to the upstairs common area, which keeps the unit upstairs functioning continuously, putting cold air continuously into closed off side areas on the second floor of the home.

In winter, almost the same temperature variations can occur. The common space upstairs is warm and the areas on the sides are cold; the common area downstairs is cold while the spaces on the sides are warm. This is caused by the heat coming from the system downstairs rising up to the common area on the second floors and shutting down the temperature control unit upstairs. This means that no heat is being delivered to the areas on the sides on that level.

All cold air in the home is stuck down to the common space on the lower level, making that system run almost constantly, especially on extremely cold times of the day. This means that warm air is being constantly driven to any rooms on the sides on that floor, overheating them.

How to Allow for Thermal Convection When Setting Up Thermostats

A simple solution to this is to set the system up with an allowance between them to compensate for thermal convection. This allowance is typically about two degrees, depending on the height of ceiling on each tier.
Example, in summer, if you prefer 74 degrees, set the unit on the lower level to 73, and the one upstairs to 75. The same two-degree difference will usually be enough during winter as well. Bear in mind that you have to always have the higher temperature on the upper levels of split level homes.

If you are looking for expert home builders of split level homes in Adelaide who have keen eyes for even to the smallest details of a house, visit the website of Serenity Homes at www.serenityhomes.com.au.

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