In a bit of a pickle. We recently bought a 6 unit building (2 floors) and moved a thermostat out of a tenants unit into the boiler room downstairs. Now, the problem upstairs was that it was 1) in the tenants unit and 2) they would have their own little electric heater on that would mess with the sensor of the thermostat, thus making the entire building cold. The best place to move it was downstairs near the boiler room (we went over other areas and they made less sense). Now of course, because it's in the boiler room, it's going to be reading warm all the time...same issue, but it's out of the tenants unit. Now it's the reverse...the downstair units are warm, but the unit upstairs are cold. So I have two questions:
1) The system we have is radiators in each unit, so it's all steam. If I set the thermostat on 78 degrees to get the units to 69-70 degrees upstairs, does that drive my water and gas bill up cause it's a higher temperature? Or does temperature not matter, just the fact if it's on all the time matters?
2) If a higher temperature does affect my water and gas bill, I was thinking of keeping the thermostat in the boiler room, but installing a remote sensor thermostat like this one
. Would this work?
I appreciate any help, thanks!