I am very fortunate that I can manage my entire job from home. I have no need to dress up in corporate attire and drive to an office building several days per week. I can set my own hours, listen to my favorite tunes, and avoid dealing with annoying coworkers. I do, however, spend long hours at my desk, and usually work more than six days a week. In order to be productive, I’ve needed to eliminate distractions and create a comfortable work environment. I now have a shade over the window so I don’t spend all day watching the squirrels and birds. I’ve purchased an ergonomic swivel chair and a large desk, and I spent a fortune on updates to my heating and cooling system. Instead of heating or cooling the entire house to the same temperature, I now have the option of zone control. This allows me to adjust the temperature in my office, without maintaining ideal comfort in a bunch of empty rooms. I can cater to my personal preference and save cash on my utility bills. I also added a smart thermostat, which gives me access to everything from temperature settings and fan speed, to humidity levels, right from my laptop. I don’t need to get up from chair and interrupt my workday to make adjustments, and I get helpful alerts for maintenance. The smart thermostat even provides the outside temperature, indoor humidity levels, energy saving tips, and customized programming. Because my office is so much more comfortable, I don’t mind spending such long hours at my desk, and I’m hoping that my lower utility costs will help to reclaim the investment into the new HVAC system.
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