- Posted December 24, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Thermostat wars in your home
war of the thermostat
My experience with "thermostat wars" is not with a spouse but with my two teenage sons. We moved north after 18 years in Florida, both boys were born in Florida and have never known much of anything except air conditioning for indoor climate control. Fast forward to our move to the mountains of Virginia.......
To start with, anytime either one of them became a little bit warm during the summer they would crank up the A/C without checking to see what the temperature was outside. After a short "re-education" period they are now pretty good about opening a window before turning on the A/C, or at least checking.
Now to winter, well things are a little different. I feel like I'm living in the same house with the Three Bears. One minute it's too hot, the next too cold, and very rarely is it just right. They mess around with the thermostat and then forget that they have either turned it way up or turned the heat off completely.
Their rooms are on the second floor with a separate thermostat, so it doesn't affect the entire house, however at night when I hear the heat pump running all night I know they have cranked it up and forgotten to turn it down. We/I have had major melt-downs about this.
My solution...... I am currently building a house (we are renting now and there is no way to lock down the thermostats). My requirement from the HVAC company that installed the system......... a programmable thermostat that has a password feature. You can't change the thermostat unless you know the code and believe me my kids will never know the code!!!!!!