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August 11, 2011
Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, and the furnace or air conditioner will typically do a great job of bringing the air to that exact temperature--or at least, the air that is located around the thermostat. Unfortunately, you don't live at a thermostat; you live in a house. And just because the air at one location in a house is a certain temperature does not mean that every room in the house will also be that temperature. Many factors can cause certain rooms to be considerably hotter or colder than the room where your thermostat is located. Consider that:
- Some rooms have more windows that receive direct sunlight, which tends to make them warmer during warm months.
- Hot air rises, while cold air sinks; so, basements will always be cooler than the first floor, and upstairs rooms will always be warmer.
- Kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms all have appliances that can be significant sources of waste heat when in use.