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How to Cool the “Thermostat Wars” at Church Blog Feature

By: Shannon Jirik on December 14, 2017

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How to Cool the “Thermostat Wars” at Church

Multisite | Managing Facilities

Typically, the most heated conflicts in a church have to do with differences in theological or scriptural interpretations and doctrinal beliefs. But there’s another aspect of church life that gets temperatures rising and causes daily dissension—“thermostat wars.”

How many times have you struggled to keep everyone comfortable in a sanctuary that’s not too hot, not too cold—just right for everyone? And when your heat or air conditioning kicks on, does it sound and feel like a sonic boom just went off?

According to Bob Cesario, Vice President of Service Mechanical, who specializes in HVAC systems, “The number one complaint in nearly any facility revolves around inconsistent temperatures.”

A quality system, he says, starts with a well thought out design.


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“Many facilities are not zoned properly,” he says. “The typical structure has five temperature control zones — north, south, east, and west exterior, and the interior space. If these zones are combined, it is nearly impossible to keep all of the spaces comfortable.”

The second biggest HVAC issue is noise. Service Mechanical engineers HVAC systems to minimize the noise that the air distribution system produces and mechanical noise from the equipment.

“We have an in-house mechanical engineering group,” says Cesario. “Our sales engineers and service technicians use their expertise and experience to solve problems that a client may have lived with for years.”

“Many times, the client doesn’t understand exactly what they are buying, so they focus on price,” Cesario adds. “As with most things you get what you pay for. We provide detailed proposals so each decision-maker can gain a clear understanding of the system that we have proposed.” Service Mechanical has partnered with Aspen Group on many church building projects.

“The design/build approach allows subcontractors to collaborate with architects and designers to come up with the best value for the client and their facility,” Cesario says.

Service Mechanical has designed heating, ventilation, and cooling systems for many church facilities, including The Orchard–Arlington Heights; Chapelstreet Church–Keslinger, South Street, and Mill Creek campuses; Orland Park Christian Reformed Church; Parkview Community Church; and South Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL.