When I started working from home, I had to make some changes.
Instead of an extensive wardrobe, I needed to set up a comfortable workspace.
I converted an unused guest bedroom into a home office. I purchased a quality desk, ergonomic desk chair and treated myself to a Bose sound system. I quickly realized that indoor temperature had a big impact on my productivity. If I’m shivering with cold or sweaty because of an overheated environment, I simply don’t get as much accomplished. Adjusting the thermostat, however, impacted the entire house. Where I used to set the thermostat to conserve energy while I was away at work, I was now paying for ideal temperature all day long. I was heating and cooling every room while I was contained to my office for at least eight hours. My monthly energy bills were a problem. I consulted with a local HVAC contractor who recommended updating to zone control. The installation wasn’t overly intrusive or expensive. The contractor incorporated a series of valves into the ductwork that regulate airflow. I now have a thermostat in each room that allows for independent temperature settings. Zone control targets specific rooms without impacting the rest of the house. Plus, these thermostats are accessible through an app on my smartphone or laptop. I don’t need to leave my desk or interrupt my workday to make changes to temperature, fan speed or humidity levels. I have access to information and alerts, such as necessary filter changes or maintenance. The addition of zone control has greatly improved comfort and convenience while saving me quite a bit of money all year round.