Big and small rooms can really change your comfort level, particularly by your heating and AC setup.
This is a bigger issue in large homes, but even apartments with divided rooms can exhibit major changes in room temperatures. Here are some examples of rooms that suffer from this and suggested temps to set them.
If there’s any room with temperatures that are difficult to control, it’s the kitchen. Larger kitchens are easier, but smaller cooking spaces are a guarantee of uncomfortable heat increases, most often when baking and roasting food in an oven or broiler. It doesn’t matter when the thermostat is close by, either. With zoned air conditioning, kitchen temps are independently set by the room only, not the entire home. You can have one room set higher than the other. Stay within 64 and 68 degrees Farenheight in the kitchen area.
Hallways are also tricky. Thermostats are generally located in narrow spaces like this and may harbor fewer ducts than other rooms. If your hallway is nearby an area of the home where you open the windows often, sets the temp close to 70 degrees in the cool seasons, and in the low to mid-60s when it gets warmer.
For many homes, the basement is where ducted HVACS filter the air before moving inward towards each room’s vents. But a basement’s temp also fluctuates. According to the area where the home is built, the season, and the weather, basements can range from the coldest to the warmest place in a home. It might not be of concern unless the area is used for sleeping. In this situation, keep the temp around 57 to 69 degrees. If the basement walls are insulated, the temp should linger at the number you set without running the vents all day. Zoned air conditioning is good for this.
Moving on to the bedroom, keep the thermostat close to 65 degrees, especially during sleeping hours. You could go a couple of degrees lower if you want. Suggestions found online usually don’t factor in the thickness of blankets, whether the window’s left open or if the occupant is sleeping alone or not. More bodies in a room translate to temp increases. And during hot weather, it’s sure to happen at some point. Keep it at 67 in the daylight hours.
Almost comparable to the kitchen, living and sitting rooms are another warm area in apartments and homes. With lots of movement happening and electronics running, keeping the living room in a controlled climate involves knowing your HVAC setup. Bring the thermostat to 66 with moderate to large spaces, and up to 70 in the colder seasons. Large pieces of furniture, computers, and lounging inhabitants could justify a temp lower than 65, chiefly in the spring and summer months.
Your garage might be the only part of the home that doesn’t need a constant stream of cool or warm air from the duct. With zoned air conditioning, you can control the garage temperature separately from the rest of your home. Using this, set the garage to your desired comfort level only when you’re likely to be there, such as when leaving during the morning drive to work. The goal is to automate your HVAC system while maximizing comfort based on sectionally adjusting temps in every room.