What is your office thermostat set at right now? I’ll wait. Now you may want to factor in that there are tens of offices that might be controlled by one thermostat. Here’s another curveball, your office may have two separate heating/cooling units. The latter is what I’m dealing with at the radio station. It’s a battle I fight whenever I’m here, and funny enough, it’s a year-long battle.

Listen, I understand if you are “hot-natured”. You prefer the A/C run not just in spring or in summer, but you run it in fall AND in winter. Why?

For example, as I’m writing this, I’ve had to adjust both thermostats to a higher cool setting, instead of a freezing cold setting. I’m not kidding, I could almost see my breath it was so cold in the studio. To add to the confusion, we have two fans/outputs in our new studio, which may or may not be controlled by separate thermostats.

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I am a “cold-natured” person, however, I’m glad I can adjust the temperature in my work environment. Remember when the thermostats in the office or at another professional building were locked up? Yes, a key was required to open the plastic or caged barrier to adjust the temp. Or they looked (and may still) look like this. I know, it's a home version, but look how complicated.

Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash
Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash

What’s common today is a digital thermostat, which is either a physical one like we have in the office, or the temperature can be controlled via an app on your phone or your tablet.

I know what you’re thinking, “Well Erin what happens when you hit menopause?” Match point. I think I’ll survive, but I’ll try not to play freeze out with everyone else.

In my apartment, I have the A/C set to 73, which I've been known to push up to 75. That sentence just made my "hot-natured" friends and family sweat. Quick sidebar, last summer I had a stretch when my A/C wasn't working properly, so I've seen/felt the other side. And get this, if the actual spring or summer temperature outside drops, I've been known to open the windows!

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