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Old 01-10-2007, 09:21 AM
 
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Hi!
We are moving from South Carolina to San Antonio in April. I am currently shopping around for houses to rent or buy in SA.
Are one story homes less expensive than two story homes to maintain? I've heard that buying a one story home can save A LOT of money in the summer on the electricity bill. Is there really that much of a difference?

Thanks!

Courtney
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:43 AM
 
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Actually, that may be backward, depending on the particular house configuratino and the age of the house. The problem with two story houses is the difficulty in equalizing the temperature between the two floors. Usually, the second floor ends up much hotter than the first, especially if there is a large open area that traverses both levels. If you spend a lot of time on the second floor (especially during the day), you will need to turn the thermostat cooler to keep the 2nd floor comfortable - and the ground floor chilly. That can run up the electric bill.

There are several reasons that may not be the case, though. Many larger new homes have two AC systems which allow independent control of the two zones (usually one for each floor in a 2 story house). Also, if the 2nd floor has very little use during the day, you can let it heat up a bit and not worry about it.

Two story houses have an inherent advantage, too, in that the volume to surface ratio is usually higher - meaning you have less wall and roof square footage exposed to direct sun/heat compared to the living footage. This can help offset AC costs, too.

Most utilities have now made it easy to get reports of actual energey comsumption. Make sure you get one from the landlord or realtor before you buy/rent a house.
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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I needed to know this too, thanks. That is an excellent answer.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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Thanks I appreciate it!
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