My girlfriend and I were so excited by our rental house.
Rather than a tiny apartment, we had a whole house this time.
The house had two bathrooms, a sizable kitchen and lots of space to work out in. Everything seemed fairly new and updated as well. We both got super excited when we noticed a thermostat in the kitchen, bedroom and living room. I immediately thought the two of us got HVAC zone control. I started researching zoned HVAC systems and how they work. My girlfriend and I were pumped by the idea of having the kitchen a little colder than the living room and bedroom. We talked about what temperature we wanted in the bedroom at night and turned off the rest of the house to save energy. We came up with specific temperatures at certain times for each room of the house. Why bother heating a bedroom after you’re done sleeping? Does the kitchen really need AC until it is time for dinner prep? I was totally prepared to have an insanely low energy bill due to having HVAC zone control. After adjusting the thermostats for a few days my girlfriend and I noticed a problem. The thermostats all changed together. It is just three thermostats all hooked to one central HVAC system. I googled what zone control HVAC units look like and I realized we didn’t have the right equipment. Someone just put in multiple thermostats. Why would they do that? The two of us got our hopes up and thought we had a zone control. Now it is devastating to realize we just have pointless thermostats.