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Posted: 8/24/2006 7:31:41 PM EDT
Down here on my basement computer getting ready to play Allied Assault online I'm frozen.  The thermometer in my office is 56 degrees.  The upstairs thermostat is set on 69 degrees.   Right now it's 84 degrees outside.  My house is a single story ranch house.  900 sqft upstairs and about 800 downstairs.  I have 6 daylight windows down here too so I'm not totally underground.  All my windows are the super efficient double payned and my A/C is less than a year old and it's a 12 seer unit.  I have ALL of the vents closed down here and duct taped over them and it's still nearly 15 degrees cooler down here?  What else can I do (besides let heat in) to get the upstairs and downstairs temps more level?
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:33:08 PM EDT
[#1]
Well, the upstairs thermostat at 69 might be a good place to start.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:33:37 PM EDT
[#2]

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 The upstairs thermostat is set on 69 degrees.  



Geezus, you in menopause, or what?    That's pretty cool
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:34:55 PM EDT
[#3]
Your house is haunted and the spirits are taking the energy out of the air.  

You haven't seen any floating hatchets or anything lately have you?



Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:36:12 PM EDT
[#4]
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:05:19 PM EDT
[#5]

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Well, the upstairs thermostat at 69 might be a good place to start.


Wife is 8 months pregnant and we sleep in a room with a 115lb and a 80lb dog.  It gets hot in there even at 69 degrees and no sheets.  Our monthly electric bill is around $130.  That includes leaving 2 computers on, 1 'streetlight' (mercury vapor), and 2 500watt floods on most of the night in addition to an electric dryer and all electric appliances.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:08:33 PM EDT
[#6]

Quoted:

Quoted:
Well, the upstairs thermostat at 69 might be a good place to start.


Wife is 8 months pregnant and we sleep in a room with a 115lb and a 80lb dog.  It gets hot in there even at 69 degrees and no sheets.  Our monthly electric bill is around $130.  That includes leaving 2 computers on, 1 'streetlight' (mercury vapor), and 2 500watt floods on most of the night in addition to an electric dryer and all electric appliances.


LOL, that reminds me of when my wife was pregnant while we were stationed in Guam.
It NEVER gets below 70 there and here I am running around the house in sweats because of the thermostat setting I had to use to keep my little "oven" cool.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:48:35 PM EDT
[#7]
Indoor fan is too small. Up the horsesepower.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:53:21 PM EDT
[#8]
Solution is to take a hint and move out of your parent's basement. They're trying to freeze you out  

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:57:50 PM EDT
[#9]
Heck I keep it cooler then the 69 in my room, helps keep the lyme flare ups down. Then again I've been known to have it hit 80 something in my room because of the chills (I just have to let my pc run, still live with my parents on disability, 22)  Ahh I just love window AC units.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 9:10:37 PM EDT
[#10]
A lot of installs I've seen are pretty sloppy.  The place I bought couldn't keep the second floor cool.  I discovered the ductwork screwed up.  The hole cut in the duct for the second floor return was cut one joist off.  The A/C was pulling all the return air from the basement.

I'd suggest you get a good HVAC guy to give it a through look see.  Maybe airflow needs rebalanced, duct leaks fixed, etc.
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 3:19:29 PM EDT
[#11]
They're here!
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 3:21:32 PM EDT
[#12]
I live in Southeast Texas.  It's in the 90s and 110% humidity.

What's a basement?

What's freezing?
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 3:22:46 PM EDT
[#13]
You have a place in your home that's 56 degrees and you're complaining?

Link Posted: 8/25/2006 8:21:32 PM EDT
[#14]
I usually set the thermostat upstairs to a few degrees higher than is comfortable.  That way, it's nice and comfy downstairs when I'm down there.
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 8:24:54 PM EDT
[#15]

Quoted:
Down here on my basement computer getting ready to play Allied Assault online I'm frozen.  The thermometer in my office is 56 degrees.  The upstairs thermostat is set on 69 degrees.   Right now it's 84 degrees outside.  My house is a single story ranch house.  900 sqft upstairs and about 800 downstairs.  I have 6 daylight windows down here too so I'm not totally underground.  All my windows are the super efficient double payned and my A/C is less than a year old and it's a 12 seer unit.  I have ALL of the vents closed down here and duct taped over them and it's still nearly 15 degrees cooler down here?  What else can I do (besides let heat in) to get the upstairs and downstairs temps more level?



Link Posted: 8/25/2006 9:03:21 PM EDT
[#16]

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I live in Southeast Texas.  It's in the 90s and 110% humidity.

What's a basement?   A chewy thing that tastes like choclit.
What's freezing?     A rockin' chair is fer eezin into.
 
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 9:04:20 PM EDT
[#17]
Can you put a small, say 6", duct between the house and basement? then put a small 12v solar fan on it, draw warm air down ( or push cool air up).
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 10:05:43 PM EDT
[#18]
Move your basment to south central texas, we could use it.
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 10:27:17 PM EDT
[#19]

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Move your basment to south central texas, we could use it.


+1
Link Posted: 8/25/2006 10:39:10 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/26/2006 4:46:51 AM EDT
[#21]
The fact that the upstairs part of the house is surrounded by 84 degree air, plus has a roof exposed to the radiant heating of sunlight,  while  the basement is surrounded by 56 degree dank, dark earth might have something to do with it.

Secondly, cold air sinks.  Always has and always will.  

Without a bunch of blower fans, or separate thermostats, Mother Nature will have her way with you down there.

Link Posted: 8/26/2006 5:13:42 AM EDT
[#22]
First, I'd check that basement for radon gas, since you have it sealed up tight.  Then, as your nieghbor, I'd take the supressed 10/22 and kill them friggin lights.  

with brotherly love,
Mike
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 5:24:44 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/26/2006 5:28:09 AM EDT
[#24]
I like to keep my house at 60+27 degrees.
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 5:59:34 AM EDT
[#25]

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:
Well, the upstairs thermostat at 69 might be a good place to start.


Wife is 8 months pregnant and we sleep in a room with a 115lb and a 80lb dog.  It gets hot in there even at 69 degrees and no sheets.  Our monthly electric bill is around $130.  That includes leaving 2 computers on, 1 'streetlight' (mercury vapor), and 2 500watt floods on most of the night in addition to an electric dryer and all electric appliances.


LOL, that reminds me of when my wife was pregnant while we were stationed in Guam.
It NEVER gets below 70 there and here I am running around the house in sweats because of the thermostat setting I had to use to keep my little "oven" cool.


When were you stationed at Guam?  My family was stationed there in the early 80's and I remember the USS George Washington was out of there.  It was a SSBN and I guess they made it a slow attack boat.

Max
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 6:00:29 AM EDT
[#26]
It's 73 in the house this morning. No AC.
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 6:36:55 AM EDT
[#27]

Quoted:
The fact that the upstairs part of the house is surrounded by 84 degree air, plus has a roof exposed to the radiant heating of sunlight,  while  the basement is surrounded by 56 degree dank, dark earth might have something to do with it.

Secondly, cold air sinks.  Always has and always will.  

Without a bunch of blower fans, or separate thermostats, Mother Nature will have her way with you down there.



Try closing off the ducts in your basement.  Up until a few years ago, ours would be like 62 degrees.  Then my wife got into tropical fish and that had to change.  Myself, I hate the heat and humidity here in MD, so I keep it around 76.  Basically the wife has to keep the heaters set higher on her fish tanks during the summer.  Now I did get a really big de-humidifier and that actually keeps it a few degrees cooler in the basement then before.
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