How to Stop Fighting Over the Thermostat‘s Temperature Setting

March 14, 2014

She’s too cold. He’s too hot. It’s a story as old as time itself. OK, maybe just as old as we’ve had heating and cooling systems.

Who of you hasn’t bickered over how the thermostat should be set at home? It seems like there’s no way to compromise on this issue.  
 
While there’s no way to satisfy everyone all of the time, there is a solution that can help. It’s called “zoning”.

What is zoning?

Imagine if your home only had one light switch that turned on and off all the lights 

Chaos. 
 
But that’s how most homes are set up with their heating/cooling systems—one thermostat to rule all the rooms’ temperatures. However, just like you have a light switch for each room, you can have thermostats in multiple rooms to heat and cool them to different temperatures.
 
That’s what zoning is—splitting up your home into different heating/cooling sections or “zones.” 

Why couples will love zoning

So, imagine this scenario: John likes to stay up late in his man cave on the first floor. But his wife Sarah likes to go to bed early in the master bedroom on the second story. 

During the summer, Sarah is burning up because the air conditioner turns off before the second story is properly cooled. But when she turns down the thermostat to get more cold air, John says he’s freezing.
 
To resolve this, they have a heating/cooling contractor come by to zone their home’s heating and cooling system.
 
Now Sarah has a thermostat in the master bedroom and can get more cold air when she needs it. And John is enjoying non-freezing nights in his man cave.

How does zoning work?

Most people think they need an expensive second heating and cooling system to zone the home.

But you may be able to get zoning from your current heating/cooling system. 
 
Here’s how it works:
A zoned system adds electronically controlled dampers to your air ducts. These dampers are valves that open and close to control airflow to different parts of the home. So they basically work like traffic control officers. They direct air to go where it needs to based on what temperature each thermostat is calling for.
 
For example, let’s say Sarah wants the upstairs to be 70 and John likes it at 75. When she turns her thermostat down, the air conditioner starts running and all the dampers/valves are open.
 
But when the downstairs gets to 75, the valves will now direct cold air only to the upstairs until it reaches 70. 
 
This is an inexpensive solution compared to getting a second heating/cooling system. It keeps your energy bills low, too. Imagine if the air conditioner had to keep working until the entire home was at 70 degrees? Yikes!
 
To learn more about zoning, ask one of our experts for help. We’ve done this job for several of our friends in the the Kansas City area at an affordable price.
 
Santa Fe Air Conditioning and Heating serves the Kansas City area. For more information, contact us online.