Turn Up the Heat: Thermostats and How We Can Change the Game

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Pretty apropos, writing a post about the thermostat just as we here in Colorado are packing away all of our winter clothes, only to layer up immediately whenever the temp drops below sixty-five degrees. 

As many, I’m sure, can attest, growing up in Northern and Middle America, heat during the winter months is a necessity, rather than a convenience for comfortability. 

When I was small, one of the clearest (and common) memories I have of my father is watching him turn down the thermostat, and tell us kids to quit whining and put on a sweater. Invariably, this would spur a speech about the expense of heat nowadays, reminding us how good we have it now, citing a trek of x miles, “uphill both ways, in cardboard shoes.” Meant to bring humor with the absurdity of the tale, my father only frustrated us with this unfortunate story. Now, I see my plight was not unique. Many comedians have  made fun of poor Dad with bits on how turning on the heat before it hits November is a perceived crime to American dads.

So, what makes the invention of the thermostat so special?

In a nutshell, thermostats allow us to be able to keep heat stable, instead of the option we had before the invention, of either having heat added to our homes or not having it added. Warming a home by fire, or oven, or by a furnace, without the use of a thermostat does not allow control over the temperature of a home, and can lead to unsafe situations when the user tries to create control. What a thermostat is created to do is to keep one temperature throughout the area it is meant to control (Fun Fact: electric and gas ovens use thermostats, too, which is why we can bake cookies at three hundred and fifty degrees, for fifteen minutes, instead of having to watch them constantly).

Different thermostats work different ways. For example, a central heating radiator’s thermostat filled with wax that expands when warmed by the hot water, allowing less hot water through the radiator, causing the wax to cool before the heat will “kick on” again. For more examples of the different types of thermostats, and how they work, please visit the link at the end of this article. 

Controlling the temperature of the house during the day and keeping the temperature of your house consistent will help save money and energy throughout the year. With life automation, you can have the option to keep tabs on your thermostat throughout the day and set it to keep the temperature of your house even, or to program it remotely to turn on and off as you see fit.

Down the road, there are developments on the horizon to be able to have completely hands-free heating and cooling systems that can purify the air while it runs, keep the temperature of a building comfortable throughout the day without programming, operate on voice command, and help save the planet by using different or less resources through the way the heater or air cooler is run. To be honest, there are many opportunities for everyone to change the way they look at the thermostat, and at controlling the temperature in your home.

Or, you could just put on a sweater.

Watch a Dad rant about the thermostat:

How different thermostats work:

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