Archives

Two Story

Is a one story home typically more energy efficient than a two story?

Interested in homes built in late 1990s to present. I have always noticed how the upstairs in a two story home is always significantly warmer that the downstairs. This does not appear to be efficient.

I live in south Texas and have been concerned, but I've never seen a general rule about whether one or two stories are 'better'. What you are describing is more of a problem with HVAC installation or ceiling insulation. I am not an engineer or even an air conditioner salesman though. I think it's fair to say that the top story is harder to heat and cool. In a one story house everything is less effficent and the a/c works harder. In a two story house, at least half is efficient because the lower story has a heated and cooled buffer story against the sun and wind. The south or west side of the house has this problem too unless the a/c contractor is competent enough to compensate.

Look, a cave is generally 65-70 degrees. To me, that's efficient. Because you don't need to heat or cool it. The reason is that the cave has many feet of insulation against the sun or cold. The point is minimize exposure to the elements. So, concentrate on other factors like location, size and price and insulate the roof if you like the house.

Installing seperate systems for upstairs and downstairs lets you cool the downstairs living area in the day and the upstairs bedrooms at night when the sun is not beating down on them. This is more comfortable and saves energy and money, too.

Take advantage of your electric company's conservation program and any tax credits. In the house I bought, the attic vents and fan needed repair. Attics almost never have the EPA recomended amount of insulation. Sometimes the upstairs a/c is leaking air you paid to cool into the hot attic and needs repair. This is especially true in 10-20 year old houses because contractors use cheap plastic ducts knowing they save up front costs and will last long enough for the first owner. However, the lower price is not worth it after a few years because they crumble from heat and age and they leak cool air into the attic so the a/c has to run longer to get enough cool air into the living area.

A later owner then fixes them with higher quality plastic or metal better insulated ducts that last . It usually pays for itself in a very few years.

A ten to twenty year old house is a prime candidate for an a/c system repair/ upgrade. Ask the bank to borrow some extra money for unanticipated costs when you buy it and you can deduct the interest on your taxes.

Find Two Story On eBay Below:

NEW  N scale Faller TWO STOREY STUCCO HOUSE  Building KIT  232329
NEW N scale Faller TWO STOREY STUCCO HOUSE Building KIT 232329
$22.50
American Model Builders Inc N 676 SP Type 22 Two Story Combination Depot Kit
American Model Builders Inc N 676 SP Type 22 Two Story Combination Depot Kit
$84.95
Vintage Bachmann N Scale Two Story House
Vintage Bachmann N Scale Two Story House
$8.75
HO Scale Two Story Factory Building Background Flat Modern Black Foam Core St 13
HO Scale Two Story Factory Building Background Flat Modern Black Foam Core St 13
$4.95
N Scale Two Story House with Outdoor Prayer Meeting
N Scale Two Story House with Outdoor Prayer Meeting
$16.99
Vintage Hoffman Nr 509 Two Story House EUC
Vintage Hoffman Nr 509 Two Story House EUC
$10.49
Kato N Gauge 23 402C Two Storey Apartment Gray Model Railroad Supplies Diorama
Kato N Gauge 23 402C Two Storey Apartment Gray Model Railroad Supplies Diorama
$33.12
Wild West Scale Models 119 N Two Story Outhouse
Wild West Scale Models 119 N Two Story Outhouse
$5.09
Kato 23 482 N Scale Two Story Hip Roof House DioTown
Kato 23 482 N Scale Two Story Hip Roof House DioTown
$29.95
232329 Faller N Scale 1160 Kit of a Two storey home NEW
232329 Faller N Scale 1160 Kit of a Two storey home NEW
$16.95
New KATO N Scale 23 402C 1 150 DioTown Two story Building Apartment Gray
New KATO N Scale 23 402C 1 150 DioTown Two story Building Apartment Gray
$32.76
Jiokore Building Collection 110 3 single story two buildings corner restaurant
Jiokore Building Collection 110 3 single story two buildings corner restaurant
$21.84
HO Scale Plantation style Two Story House completed Kit balcony dormers
HO Scale Plantation style Two Story House completed Kit balcony dormers
$6.00
Pikestuff N Scale 541 8010 Two Story Office Building NIB
Pikestuff N Scale 541 8010 Two Story Office Building NIB
$16.95
N Scale Two Story Mansion with Swimming Pool Model Power 1514 Built up
N Scale Two Story Mansion with Swimming Pool Model Power 1514 Built up
$20.00
FALLER KIBRI N SCALE DB SBB SMALL TWO STORY COUNTRY FARM HOUSE MODEL x3 SET 2 mv
FALLER KIBRI N SCALE DB SBB SMALL TWO STORY COUNTRY FARM HOUSE MODEL x3 SET 2 mv
$34.17
TWO STORY MANSION BUILDING with SWIMMING POOL KIT N Scale Model Power New 1514
TWO STORY MANSION BUILDING with SWIMMING POOL KIT N Scale Model Power New 1514
$28.74
DPM N Scale Modular Unit Two Story Wall w 12 windows 3 60122 model trains
DPM N Scale Modular Unit Two Story Wall w 12 windows 3 60122 model trains
$8.19
BACHMANN N Scale Two Story House with Figure and Car MIB B3
BACHMANN N Scale Two Story House with Figure and Car MIB B3
$9.99
N Scale AMB LASERkit 640  Two Story Farm House
N Scale AMB LASERkit 640 Two Story Farm House
$34.95
Bachmann  45813 Two Story House w Garage N Scale MIB
Bachmann 45813 Two Story House w Garage N Scale MIB
$21.85
DPM 60123 N Scale Modular Unit 3 Two Story Walls w 6 windows model trains New
DPM 60123 N Scale Modular Unit 3 Two Story Walls w 6 windows model trains New
$8.19
DPM Modular Building Unit Two Story Blank Wall N Scale 60121
DPM Modular Building Unit Two Story Blank Wall N Scale 60121
$7.19
N Pikestuff kit 541 8010  Two Story Office Building  NIB
N Pikestuff kit 541 8010 Two Story Office Building NIB
$18.95
N Scale AMB LASERkit 628  Two Story Section House
N Scale AMB LASERkit 628 Two Story Section House
$24.95
Faller 232328 Two storey home with shutters  Scale N 1160
Faller 232328 Two storey home with shutters Scale N 1160
$17.99
Faller 232329 Two storey home Scale N 1160
Faller 232329 Two storey home Scale N 1160
$16.99
American Model Builders Inc 612 Two Story Depot w Square Bay Window N Scale
American Model Builders Inc 612 Two Story Depot w Square Bay Window N Scale
$25.49
N Scale Two Story House
N Scale Two Story House
$4.99
Model Power  1514 Two Story House N Scale MIB
Model Power 1514 Two Story House N Scale MIB
$22.78
Faller 232329 N Gauge Two Story Home  NEW original packaging
Faller 232329 N Gauge Two Story Home NEW original packaging
$15.97
FALLER N 232328 Two Story Home With Shutters NEW
FALLER N 232328 Two Story Home With Shutters NEW
$19.83
Bachmann 45813 N Two Story House w Garage
Bachmann 45813 N Two Story House w Garage
$21.72
American Model Builders 640 N Two Story Farmhouse Kit with Porch LASERkit
American Model Builders 640 N Two Story Farmhouse Kit with Porch LASERkit
$34.95
Apartment two storey N gauge 23 402C Gray by CATO
Apartment two storey N gauge 23 402C Gray by CATO
$27.00
Bachmann N Scale Two Story House w Garage 1 with LED Lighting
Bachmann N Scale Two Story House w Garage 1 with LED Lighting
$19.99
RIX PRODUCTS PIKESTUFF TWO STORY OFFICE BUILDING Kit N Scale 541 8010
RIX PRODUCTS PIKESTUFF TWO STORY OFFICE BUILDING Kit N Scale 541 8010
$17.49
TWO STORY BUILDING KIT N Scale Model Power New 1514
TWO STORY BUILDING KIT N Scale Model Power New 1514
$22.48
FALLER N Gauge 232216 Two Story Winkelhaus  NEW original packaging
FALLER N Gauge 232216 Two Story Winkelhaus NEW original packaging
$20.77
NEW KATO N Scale 23 402C 1 150 DioTown Two story Building Apartment Gray F S
NEW KATO N Scale 23 402C 1 150 DioTown Two story Building Apartment Gray F S
$31.95


Recently Purchased Two Story:


bachmann nscale two story house with figure and carmib b3, new n scale twostorey tire factory building kit , dpm 60122 n twostory 12 window pkg 3, n scale two story mansion with swimming pool model power 1514 built up, ho scaletwo story factory building background flatmodernblack foam corest13, kato n scale 1150 23402c diotown twostory building apartment gray fs, new kato n scale unitrack hip roof house two story 23482, new n scale old time downtown two story retail building kit , n scale bachmann plasticville item no 45813 twostory house complete wbox, n scale two story office building kit pikestuff 5418010, kato n scale 23482 dio town two story hip roof house 1, bachmann n scale twostory house wgarage 2 with led lighting, two story building kit n scale model power new 1514, bachmann n scale twostory house wgarage 1 with led lighting, bachmann 45813 n twostory house wgarage, n scale two story house, ho scale plantation style two story house completed kit balcony dormers, jiokore building collection 1103 singlestory two buildings corner restaurant, kato n gauge 23402c twostorey apartment gray model railroad supplies diorama, n scale two story house with outdoor prayer meeting, vintage bachmann n scale two story house, new n scale faller two storey stucco house building kit 232329 , dpm 60123 n twostory 6 windows pkg 3, american model builders 676 n scale sp type 22 twostory depot building kit, faller 232329 twostorey home scale n 1160, faller 232328 twostorey home with shutters scale n 1160, apartment twostorey n gauge 23402c gray by cato, vintage hoffman nr 509 two story house euc, american model builders 640 n twostory farmhouse kit with porch laserkit, faller n 232328 two story home with shutters new, n scale amb laserkit 640 two story farm house, 232329 faller nscale 1160 kit of a twostorey home new, wild west scale models 119 n two story outhouse, kato n scale 1150 23402c diotown twostory building apartment gray japan, 232328 faller nscale 1160 kit of a twostorey home with shutters new, two story mansion building with swimming pool kit n scale model power new 1514, faller kibri n scale db sbb small two story country farm house model x3 set 2 mv, faller kibri n scale db sbb small two story country farm house model x3 set 3 mv, model power n gauge kit two story building 1514, faller n gauge 232216 two story winkelhaus new original packaging , new kato n scale 23402c 1150 diotown twostory building apartment gray, n gaugescale two storey house estate sale5, faller 232328 n gauge two story home with shutters new original packaging , new kato n scale 23402c 1150 diotown twostory building apartment gray fs, faller 232329 n gauge two story home new original packaging , n scale amb laserkit 628 two story section house, mainstreet models n scale two low relief three story georgian buildi, american model builders inc n 676 sp type 22 twostory combination depot kit, american model builders inc n 628 two story section house laser kit, rix products pikestuff two story office building kit n scale 5418010, vintage n scale bachmann two story house building 2 14 tall, ngauge model power two story mansion with pool, kato 23482 n scale two story hip roof house diotown, n pikestuff kit 5418010 two story office building nib, pikestuff nscale 5418010 two story office building nib, n scale laser cut 20th avenue two story house kit , american model builders inc 612 twostory depot wsquare bay window n scale, dpm modular building unit two story blank wall n scale 60121, dpm n scale modular unit two story wall w12 windows 3 60122 model trains, model power n 1514 building kit twostory house 612 x 6 163 x 15cm, dpm 60123 n scale modular unit 3 two story walls w6 windows model trains new, bachmann 45813 twostory house wgarage n scale mib, two story wood depot w bay laser kit by amb n scale, model power 1514 twostory house n scale mib



Comments are closed.