I am told that couples fight over the thermostat.
Interestingly, Scott and I have no disagreements on this topic in our home - even though I am usually much colder-natured than he is. In our 15th floor apartment with large windows facing south, different rooms heat and cool differently. So, if it's too cold in the living room, you can just step into the office. Or pop into the kitchen and get dinner started.
Hotels are an entirely different story. To me, the rooms usually feel like freezers - admittedly an occupational hazard for someone who travels so much. When Scott and I travel together, we default to a lower temp and I just layer up. But when I travel on my own, as soon as I check into my hotel room, this happens:
This is a temperature that Scott describes as "fervent."
Or it would be - if it actually reached 80. Yesterday morning, I started writing this post in a freezing hotel room, musing about how uncontrollable hotel thermostats actually are - and noting how I assume that in the name of energy efficiency, cost savings, and/or other factors - hotels set systems so that guests don't really have much flexibility in raising or lowering the temp.
Then - boom! On the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal, this blaring headline:
"Wily Hotel Thermostats Cause Travelers' Temperatures to Rise"
Apparently, I am not alone in my frustration. According to this article, there is an entire body of knowledge online posted by travelers who have taken to scouring online thermostat manuals to override whatever settings hotels impose. The most frequent complaint is air conditioning systems - most of them motion-controlled - that shut off in the middle of the night, causing travelers to wake up sweating bullets.
That is far from my issue, which is usually that no matter how high I set the temp, the system often just continues to blow out cold air. Calls to hotel engineering are futile; they just come to the room, tinker with the box a bit - and announce they supposedly fixed the "problem" - although the temp still can't be adjusted. One admitted the system was set not to exceed 75 degrees, asking me, ""why would you set it that high anyway?"
Once, in the middle of a hot Nashville summer, I turned on the heating unit in my very cold hotel room. It promptly set off the smoke alarm as it burned off and blew out stuff that had probably been settling in for months. I called the front desk to let them know everything was okay - I'm sure securing my position as "crazy guest of the day."
So - hot or cold? Is this an issue in your house, or in a hotel when you travel?