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Those with 2 story raise houses
How are you dealing with these frigid temperatures? Upstairs is toasty because all the warm air is rising but downstairs is miserable, currently 50 down here.

We just renovated our 115 year old house last year. Should have the contractor weather guarded the wood floors downstairs? Is it common for the downstairs to be this cold. Luckily, it does not get this cold often in New Orleans.


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our 115 year old house




SEClint
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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
Get a space heater or two


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Bustedsack
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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
My 5 story seems to be doing just fine.


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Avoid downstairs


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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
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We just renovated our 115 year old house last year. Should have the contractor weather guarded the wood floors downstairs? Is it common for the downstairs to be this cold. Luckily, it does not get this cold often in New Orleans.


did y'all not insulate the outer walls? under the floor?


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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
my house is a fricking igloo...30' ceiling with a loft upstairs and brick floors downstairs. its great in the summer but right now, i'm pretty miserable

only way to make the downstairs habitable is a big fire in the fireplace


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I have no issues. In fact I find the rooms get too hot if I don't keep the doors open. Did you replace insulation between floors when you renovated?


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Darth_Vader
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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
We have one heat pump for upstairs and another for downstairs.

Course my house was not built when Teddy Roosevelt was president either.


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Is there something strange about living in an old house?

OP, my parent’s house is about 120 years old and is the same as yours. They went ahead and insulated the subfloor with spray foam.

They also have a separate heat/ac unit for upstairs and downstairs.
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ellishughtiger
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We had a horrible contractor out of Nola. If they said ther weather guarded the floors I’m sure they didn’t. Currently in a lawsuit with them for other shite they f’d up in the House.


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My house is pushing 90 years old. The floor is insulated underneath. It seems to help a lot.

If you have had the heat on all day and your 1st floor is in the 50s, you are losing a lot of heat somewhere. Something is definitely wrong.


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tgrbaitn08
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My 117 year old house was renovated and updated after Katrina. No problems upstairs or downstairs

I’m more concerned with my pool pipes freezing.


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Turn your ceiling fans on to pull the heat down.


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Aristo
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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
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I’m more concerned with my pool pipes freezing.



Did you insulate the pipes underneath the house? If not let a sink drip with both hot and cold water at each end of the house. No problems for mine so far.


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re: Those with 2 story raise houses
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We just renovated our 115 year old house last year. Should have the contractor weather guarded the wood floors downstairs? Is it common for the downstairs to be this cold. Luckily, it does not get this cold often in New Orleans.



Might not be cold in New Orleans very often, but its 90 degrees outside just about every day from April to October. If your downstairs can't keep heat in today, it probably isn't keeping heat out in July either. Did the contractor not insulate under the downstairs subfloor? Sorry for your summertime electric bill.


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kengel2
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Turn your fans around and make them blow the opposite way.


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OP, my parent’s house is about 120 years old and is the same as yours. They went ahead and insulated the subfloor with spray foam.


Mine is about the same age and I've heard some cautionary stuff about the under-house spray foam (one is some potential issues regarding termite treatment if ever needed), so we just deal with the frigid floors the small handful of days it's an issue every year. This morning was about the coldest I've experienced, though.


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I'll ask my butler if his 3-story quarters is comfortable. I feel bad, I didn't even think about his comfort. I'm going to have my assistant check on him.


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dagrippa
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Mine is about the same age and I've heard some cautionary stuff about the under-house spray foam (one is some potential issues regarding termite treatment if ever needed), so we just deal with the frigid floors the small handful of days it's an issue every year. This morning was about the coldest I've experienced, though.


Yep...the previous owner sprayed foam and we had a powderpost beetle problem. Had to rip all of the foam off and treat.


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