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A House Divided: When Couples Can’t Agree on the Thermostat Setting

Doug Jenkins remembers how excited he and his wife, Michelle, started living together. Eating meals together, greeting each other before and after work, and even cleaning the house together was fun and exciting. He recalls those memories fondly.

He also remembers exactly how long it took before they had a “spirited” conversation about the thermostat.

“It was right away,” Doug laughed.

Doug, originally from Alabama, like the house to feel 75 degrees. Michelle, who stays at home most of the day, prefers the house cooler.

“She wins!” Doug exclaims. “The house is set at 70.”

Marriage vows include a lot of important talk about “for richer or poorer” or “in sickness and in health,” but few couples have the “thermostat talk” before they start living together. It’s so much of an issue that it was featured in The New York Times.

Is there any way to solve this age-old problem? Here are a few recommendations.

Split the Difference

In Doug and Michelle’s situation, a compromise could be an ideal solution for couples who can’t agree on the thermostat setting. If he likes the house to be 75 degrees and she likes the house at 70 degrees, perhaps they could split the difference and try setting the thermostat at 72 or 73 degrees.

Each person could agree to try this temperature setting for a month to see how it goes. If, after a month, someone is uncomfortable, you can split the difference again. Do this again until you find a solution you both agree on.

Pro: Compromise is a great way to settle arguments.

Con: Neither one gets what they want and both parties are slightly uncomfortable.

Invest in a Selection of Hoodies and Sweaters

Many couples default to setting the thermostat to the lower preference because, “You can always put clothes on if you’re cold, but I can’t take my skin off when I’m hot.” Which means another solution for solving the thermostat debate is setting the temperature lower, and the person who is cold wears layers all year long.

Pro: It’s possible for both parties to feel comfortable, even if one requires layers.

Con: Additional laundry, and it seems the hoodies, sweaters, and blankets are always strewn about the house.

Look Into a Zoned HVAC System

Skeptics will tell you that a HVAC system that allows everyone to be comfortable is right up there with the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. But the Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling System has revolutionary Zoned Comfort Solutions to make sure you’re always comfortable.

  • Zoned Monitoring: Air handlers in each room measure return air and adjust automatically, rather than adjusting to conditions measured by a thermostat in a different room.
  • 3D i-See Sensor: On select units, the 3D i-see Sensor scans the room, detecting occupants’ heat signatures, and adjusts temperature and airflow to maintain temperature and eliminate cold or hot spots.
  • Inverter Technology: Rather than turning on and off at certain temperature thresholds, Inverter technology continuously ramps up or down to maintain the desired temperature.

Zoned Comfort Solutions is comfortable, but it’s also Energy Efficient. You’ll have room-by-room temperature control, which means you can turn off rooms that are unoccupied and set different temperatures for different rooms in the house. When you factor in our Whisper Quiet technology and the Improved Air Quality you’ll have in your home… perhaps we have found the elusive solution to every couple’s thermostat woes.

For unmatched energy efficiency plus the ultimate level of control of your home’s heating and cooling, you want to consider a Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling System. Request a consultation to learn more.

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