Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) at Birchview Homestead

Updated: Nov 13, 2021

Smart Home A.I.

We have our home programmed to monitor its own temperature, with the goal to maintain between 69-71 degrees. To ensure the home can make adjustments on its own without interference, we have blocked access to most thermostats, either physically or through software. Please contact your host if you prefer the temperature to be set to something else.

Upstairs: we have a ceiling-mounted register in all rooms, all controlled by the same central thermostat (accessible to you - found in the Upstairs hallway). Ceiling-mounted registers can be open/restricted to control airflow by gently turning the knob in the register.

Because the Upstairs is a central unit, the bedroom doors should be open during the day so the full system can circulate. Since heat naturally rises, this also means that the bedrooms could experience a shift in temperature at night with the doors closed.

  • If the bedrooms get too warm, open the screened windows; this ensures the home remains comfortable with the mountain breeze naturally cooling down the upstairs.

Downstairs: The Downstairs is naturally cooler than the Upstairs. This means it will hardly run during the Summer, but will usually be running on Heat during the Winter.

Information below is provided for informational purposes only.

Mitsubishi Multi-zone / mini-split

Our main HVAC system, it is setup with 2 zones: Upstairs and Downstairs. Each zone has a panel to control the mode, the fan speed, and the temperature.

  • This system is operated by a single outdoor unit. This means both the Upstairs and Downstairs can only run in the same mode (Cool, Heat, Fan)

  • This also means that "Auto Mode" does not work (but "Auto Fan Speed" does work)

  • Examples:

  • We cannot Heat the Upstairs and Cool the Downstairs at the same time.

  • If the Upstairs needs A/C, the Basement Heat must be turned off first.

Baseboard Heaters:

Our baseboard heaters were the original heat source for the home. We have smart thermostats setup on them. Our AI will utilize these to assist the central heat pump. The only one that is accessible by you is the basement bathroom, since the central unit can't reach the bathroom.


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