Microprocessors have turned the Rube Goldberg thermostat of the '50's into a little computer that can be programmed to respond to your use patterns — and the plants that heat and cool your air have much simpler and more effective ways to divide their energy distribution to each and every space in your house. No matter what climate you are in, no matter what walls face what compass point, no matter what the layout of your home, more thermostats equal less energy consumption.
This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson.
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program.