Have you experienced battle fatigue over winter or summer “Thermostat Wars”? One family member is watching television in the den or living area, shivering, while another sits comfortably in a bedroom playing games on the computer. The shivering occupant raises the thermostat 2 degrees during a commercial. Ten minutes later, the video gamer complains about being slowly roasted and drops the thermostat by 3 degrees.
Believe it or not, this is a common scenario in many New England households. It usually is not an issue of one family member having a “cold-nature” and the other having a “hot-nature”; it’s cause is more likely uneven hot or cold air distribution. Poorly distributed air creates hot or cold pockets in a home, causing one to be happy with the thermostat setting and another to be unhappy.
Zoning systems are a proven way to end the conflict and bring a peaceful resolution to the family’s equal comfort.
Dividing the living areas of the home into “zones”, each with their own thermostat is a great way to control the air distribution. For instance, an upstairs area may be one zone, the downstairs another. Each has its own thermostat set at its own independent level. Both are controlled by a central panel and the temperature levels can be maintained to keep each section comfortable.
Zoning systems can also improve energy savings by having lower winter or higher summer thermostat settings in areas of the home that are seldom used.
Rodenhiser can help you end the family “thermostat wars.” Contact us and let us determine if you home can use zoning systems to bring better control to the hot and cold areas of you home. Our specialists have the experience and knowledge of zoning systems to know if it will work for you. Make your home more peaceful and comfortable, call us for more information.
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