Monday, June 09, 2008

Women are clueless about...

thermostats. I have no idea why, but I have yet to meet the woman who understands the intricacies of the home thermostat. Whether it is used to regulate heat in winter, or control the air conditioner in summer, they remain totally unable to comprehend it.

I do not mean the inner workings of one. No, many people don't understand bimetals (no, not a sexual preference for metals) used on older models, nor the electronics of the newer models. I'm talking about the simple idea that the temperature is regulated absolutely independently of the outside weather conditions.

Today, during part 489 of our ongoing discussion called "please stop adjusting the friggin' thermostat," I asked the Crotchety Old Lady to please turn down the thermostat on the air conditioner as it is too cold at night. Her womanly response? "It's going to be 100 today."


This makes every bit as much sense as when she turns off the furnace in spring because it will be 70 during the day. Naturally, we wake up to the home being a crisp 57 F. For my metric reading friends, that's quite a bit on the chilly side.

OK, here's my lesson for any ladies reading this:

Set the temperature where you would like the room to be heated or cooled to. Turning it higher or lower does not warm or cool the room faster or slower. You want it 70? Set it at 70. It matters not whether the temperature outside is 12 or 112. The thermostat doesn't care. It just does its job.

I wonder where this gender bewilderment about such a simple thing as a thermostat comes from?

Perhaps it is coded in their DNA, passed down from generations of women.


A thermostat is a simple thing to control. Think of it as a man. Simple, with only a few buttons that shouldn't be pushed.




Anonymous said...

No, I don't believe it's anything to do with male/female, more a mindset. In this house, my crotchety old man leaves all that sort of thing to me, from downloading or installing software, through setting thermostats, to fixing the toaster. I am technical help.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha i laughed at loud at the title of your post because it's really true! I have 3 sisters and none of them knows about it

Rubba said...

Ain't dat da troof . . . lol

Two words . . . HOT FLASHES . . .

Hmmmmm I Wonder if this has anything to do with the inability to understand PRND21?

:-O . . . lol

Kate said...

Oh, trust me, I understand how it works. No matter how hot or cold it gets outside, the Beast sets it to 68 degrees and I wear sweatpants to bed. Simple.

Btw, I LOVE your playlist. Jim C. is one of my all-time faves.

shyne said...

Raising my hand from the back of the room, waving wildly and shouting...."HEY! I understand thermostats"!
They're here for one adjust the temperature of a room to WHATEVER we want it to be, WHENEVER we want it to happen!
Why do we do it? Because we can.

Great blog entry....thanks for the early morning laugh!

Anonymous said...

It's sort of like..

STEP away from the thermostat! I don't touch it.. I like it hot and that's that!

Bradley said...

There are a lot of reasons I can come up with, but basically I think it's just to piss men off.

Connie said...

At our house, it is set at 70 year round (where my husband wants it). However, just because the house is on an even keel as far as the temperature, that does not mean that I am. Rather than fussing with the thermostat, though, I just put on a sweater or sweatshirt if I am cold, and wear lighter weight clothes or take off a layer if I'm too hot. He doesn't seem to mind it if I get too hot that way! ;)

MYM said...

HA! You sound like my ex. Did I mention he's my ex?

I have to say, my sister understands thermostats, she's the only one allowed to touch it in her house, lol. They have some new fangled one installed and no one could be bothered reading the instructions. She has the power. :)

Da Old Man said...

@DRowsey: The power to control the environemnt ranks right up there with the power to control the TV remote.

@everyone else: I'm still not convinced. I spent too many years working in the heating industry and saw too many women just baffled by the thermostat. Once, I was in an apartment shared by women. They didn't get enough heat. So, they lit a match under the thermostat. Guess they thought they were priming it.

Jan4insight said...

Like a., I'm a tech-friendly female. And I say it all depends on how well-designed (or not) your heating/ cooling system is. Most thermostats are located in the hallway or about two feet from the heater (or cooler). Which means the hallway is going to be the only comfortable place in the house. This is a system designed by MEN, and I say it's DUMB! (But I < 3 you guys anyway.) So unless you want to spend all your time hanging out in the hallway, you're going to spend a lot of time tinkering with thermostats.

When I remodeled my family room, I had the thermostat installed on the opposite wall from the heater. It's perfect! I never have to mess with the thermostat unless the weather changes, like from winter to summer.

Kathy said...

I do have the thermostat thing down, but I did get scolded the other day for turning off the attic fan when it was like 95 degrees out. It was explained to me that the fan actually does something up there, like remove triple digit heat from the house. My response? It's too loudy and I can't nap when it's running. Waaaah!