When the pandemic closed down businesses, I managed to restructure our responsibilities to labor from home.
- I realized that I entirely like it.
I no longer worry about traffic, driving conditions or finding a parking space. I’m able to set our own minutes, labor in sweatpants and avoid the distraction of coworkers. To reduce distractions and maximize productivity, I converted a spare room into our beach house office. I cleared the space and set up our desk, chair, monitor and keyboard. I used to head out of the home at 7 AM more than four afternoons a month and not return until around 6 PM. I made sure to lower the temperature control before leaving to conserve energy. I’m now beach house almost all of the time. It didn’t take long to notice an increase in our daily energy bills, suddenly the A/C or oil furnace are running a lot more often and laboring way harder. The biggest problem was that I was heating or cooling the entire home to the ideal comfort level while I was occupying a single room. After some research into the various benefits of zone control, I reached out to a local Heating and Air Conditioning business. To install zoning into our existing heating/cooling system I needed a central control that communicates between temperature controls, dampers and the oil furnace and A/C. Thermostats were installed into each room that send a signal to the control panel and connect to an app on our smartphone. Zone dampers were installed into the ducts to regulate the airflow to each room of the house. The dampers automatically open and close depending on the setting of the particular temperature control.