There’s a temperature war going on in homes across Boca Raton, Florida. When families can’t decide which temperature to set the thermostat on, battles ensue. So what’s a peacekeeping homeowner to do? Well, there are a few options.
Zone Your Home
Switching to a zoned HVAC system can be one of the best things you can do when family members can’t agree on a comfortable temperature setting. In a zoned home, different rooms can be divided into individual zones.
This means that the living room might be in a different zone than the master bedroom, or the upstairs bedrooms are separate from the home’s ground level. When you set up different zones, especially for individual bedrooms, each family member can control the temperature based on personal preference.
A zoned system also allows you to save energy when rooms aren’t in use. For instance, keeping a guest room in a separate zone helps you run the system less in that particular room. As a result, you keep more money in your pocket.
If zoning your home isn’t an option, try compromising. In many cases, our bodies don’t even register gradual changes in temperature. So if you prefer a cooler room than your spouse, start at your preferred indoor temperature and increase the thermostat by a single degree every couple of days until you’re both satisfied. Most of the times, you’ll reach a compromise somewhere between your preferred temperature settings.
Part of compromising on your ideal temperature might involve adding additional clothing or blanket layers, especially if you’re cold-natured. It’s generally easier to warm up with extra layers than it is to cool off when you’re feeling overheated, so always have a sweater or blanket standing by for when you catch a chill.
You can also try taking a warm bath to warm up when you’re feeling particularly cold. Other suggestions for staying warm include wearing socks, sleeping with a hot water bottle or electric blanket, sipping hot tea or coffee, and using the oven more often.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Thermostats have come a long way in recent years, essentially taking human error out of the HVAC equation. A smart thermostat provides greater control over your home’s climate control by automating the process, allowing you to adjust the temperature from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.
Since smart thermostats are so easy to use, you can adjust your home’s temperature from work to ensure the kids have a comfortable space to come home to after school, even when you aren’t there. You can also monitor your thermostat to make sure the kids haven’t tampered with the programming themselves.
Smart thermostats can even put an end to energy usage battles. They analyze your energy usage and provide an easy-to-read monthly report for your review.
Turn on the Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans do a lot more for controlling your home’s comfort levels than you might realize. Running a ceiling fan creates a pleasant wind-chill effect you can immediately feel on your skin. As long as you’re sitting underneath the fan, you’ll reap its benefits.
During the summer months, run the fan counterclockwise to push cool air down toward the floor. In the winter, reverse its rotation to clockwise to push down warm air and redistribute it throughout the room.
Just be sure you’re in the room when you use the ceiling fan, as the room’s temperature never actually changes — you’re just experiencing the redistributed air flowing around you to make you more comfortable.
Settling the temperature wars once and for all may seem like a pipe dream, but it’s possible. Talk with other members of your household regarding their preferred temperatures, and see what compromises you can each make. And, when you need your HVAC system serviced, call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587 to set up an appointment.
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