Once I started working from home, I needed to upgrade HVAC system

Because of wifi connectivity, I make adjustments through an app on my smartphone or my laptop

After working for the same company for five years, I was able to arrange my responsibilities to handle the job entirely from home. I am delighted to set my own hours. I no longer need to get up to an alarm, dress in business casual and brave rush hour traffic. I most often spend my workday in my pajamas, sipping tea and listening to sixties rock-n-roll. I figured out very quickly that I need to be comfortable to be productive. However, my monthly utility bills were draining my budget. I used to adjust the thermostat to conserve energy while I was at work. Now that I’m at home, I was putting way more stress on the furnace and air conditioner. I was also paying to maintain the entire house at the perfect temperature. Since I only occupy a single room throughout the day, this was a huge waste of money. I hired a local HVAC contractor, explained my concerns and asked for suggestions. He immediately recommended making an upgrade to zoned heating and cooling. I imagined this would require major renovations and a whole new furnace and air conditioner. Instead, all he needed to do was install valves into the duct system and smart thermostats into each of the rooms. The valves regulate airflow through the ducts. The thermostats allow customized temperature settings. Because of wifi connectivity, I make adjustments through an app on my smartphone or my laptop. I don’t need to get up from my desk or interrupt my workday to raise or lower temperature. Plus, I’m saving a tremendous amount of money by only heating or cooling occupied areas of the house.

More about air conditioning