In the back office where I do my charting, we had an air-conditioner installed for the summer. I'm one of those people who is basically always cold, and it takes 90° weather to make me even take my sweater off.
So basically, I am constantly changing the thermostat on the air conditioner. I raise the number, then someone else lowers it.
But the crazy thing is that we are fighting over 2°. I raise the temperature to 73° and somebody else lowers it to 71°. I have no idea why those 2° makes such a difference.
It's sort of makes me feel bad for mocking that car commercial where you could have one half of the car at a slightly different temperature than the other half of the car.
It's funny how you say "I have no idea why those 2 degrees makes such a difference," referring to whoever keeps lowering the temp back to 71. But one can argue that the other person thinks the same way about you. Why is 71 so much worse than 73? (Maybe they get hot easily.)ReplyDelete
Obviously, you BOTH think those 2 degrees ARE a big deal, hence that's why you've both been tampering with the thing everyday.
Yes, I just meant that I don't understand why I feel so much more comfortable at a temperature 2° higher. I wasn't criticizing the other person.Delete
Oh haha. It's sometimes hard to discern someone's tone with writing. Sorry!Delete
It may have to do with the air circulation in the office. If the air circulation is poor, then it's possible that it's truly the temperature set on the thermostat where you're sitting, but it's actually much warmer where the other person is. 2˚ on the thermostat doesn't mean you're both dealing with true 2˚ temperature differences, I'd guess.ReplyDelete
I am constantly cold, I wear cardigans in summer.ReplyDelete
Bear in mind I live in the UK so I'm using the term 'summer' very loosely
How about setting it to 72?ReplyDelete
I know, duh, right? Since I'm always cold too I know what you mean.
That's actually what we've been doing :-)Delete
At least you're not like the people in my ER. If someone feels slightly warm, they don't bother with any two degree change. They crank the thermostat all the way down to 55º, somehow imagining that will make it get cold faster. Then somebody else feels chilly, and cranks the knob all the way up to 84º out of spite. Then if a sane person goes over and tries to set the dial to a sane middle range like 72º, *everybody* gets pissed because they don't understand how thermostats work.ReplyDelete
There's a constant war over extremes, the air handlers are always struggling, and nobody is ever happy.
You should check out the Corner Gas thermostat clip on Youtube-- Corner Gas is a Canadian sitcom that I used to watch. They had an episode in which one of the threads was a couple fighting over a 2 degree difference. It may make you laugh a little.ReplyDelete
To me, 2 degrees is a much bigger difference when I'm trying to sleep vs. when I'm up and about. Waking up in the middle of the night with the room at 73 = most definitely a sweaty mess, room at 71 = less likely to be a sweaty mess.ReplyDelete