How to Set Your Thermostat for a Multi-Story Home

A thermostat is one of the most important devices in your home. It controls the temperature and humidity, which can help you save money on your energy bills. If you have a multi-story home, then it's important that you set the thermostat correctly to make sure everyone stays comfortable.

Temperature control is a must for every home, but it can be tricky if you have multiple stories. You don't want to freeze or burn up someone else in your household because you didn't adjust the thermostat correctly.

How To Set The Thermostat For Each Level Of Your Home

The first step is finding out what type of heating system you have. There are three primary types of systems: radiant forced air and baseboard heaters. Next, you need to figure out how many zones your house needs. A zone refers to an area of your home with its own circuit breaker and thermostat - essentially another level of your home. To divide the levels into zones, look for large windows or doors on each level that face the outside. These are the easiest areas to regulate.

Take a look at how your home's layout and where the windows and doors are located. Does one floor have more levels than another? You might need more zones in that part of your home to keep everyone comfortable. Plan accordingly by adding extra thermostats on lower levels, so upper floors can be cooled or heated when necessary without disrupting temperatures on another level of your home.

By dividing up your house into temperature-controlled zones, you can make sure every member of your household is happy with the temperature they're experiencing in their own private space. A little planning now can save you a lot of energy down the line.

Finding the Most Energy-Efficient Settings for Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is likely to set to an energy-efficient setting, but it's still possible that you could be using more energy than necessary. Most thermostats have four settings: off, fan only, heat, and cool. The "off" setting turns off your air conditioning or heating system completely, which can help save money if you leave your house for an extended period of time. However, the rest of the settings should be used in certain circumstances to ensure you are saving as much money on your energy bill as possible while still staying comfortable in your own home.

When you're home during the summer months, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit because this will allow for the maximum efficiency of your air conditioning. If you're going to be gone for a long time, however, it's probably best to turn off the system entirely by switching your thermostat to "off." This will help save money on energy bills while you're away.

During colder months when you're home and using heat, keep your thermostat around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This setting is most efficient for heating your home without costing too much money on energy bills. As mentioned before, if you expect to be gone from your house for an extended period of time during winter, switch over to "fan-only" mode or "off" so that no heat is being wasted while you are away from home.

Syncing Thermostat Settings with Programmable Thermostats

If you have a programmable thermostat, then this is the best way to save money on your energy bills because it will automatically switch between "off," "fan-only" and "heat" or "cool" based on the schedule you input. For example, if most of the weekdays in a month are similar with work hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., set your programmable thermostat to switch from "off" when everyone is asleep at night to "heat" in the morning when everyone wakes up and leaves for work, followed by turning back down to "fan-only" while everyone is away at their jobs and finally switching over to "cool" when people return home from work in the evenings.


With a little planning and knowledge, you'll be able to figure out how to save money on your energy bills while still remaining comfortable in your own home. From properly setting up your thermostat and zones to using a programmable thermostat that will automate the process for you, these simple tricks can help reduce your energy costs without sacrificing comfort. If you want to install a thermostat in a multi-story house, feel free to contact us today.