Comfy hopes to mediate the thermostat fight by letting people adjust the temperature of carved-out zones from their computers or a mobile app. Over time, the company’s machine learning uses this data to automatically adjust the temperature based on employees’ patterns and preferences, shutting down the HVAC system when no one is around. Contracts from office buildings for technology from the Oakland-based company cover more than 3.5 million square feet.

Comfortable employees translate to harder working employees, since they can focus on work instead of plotting against their fellow cubicle dwellers. “It’s a very real thing that temperature and light can slow us down, distract us, make us hungry or impact our hormones,” Comfy president Lindsay Baker told Techcrunch.

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