The thermostats in our house are trapped in a never-ending tug-of-war between Miss Anna and myself. As temperatures boil during Southern heat waves, or plunge during winter months, we engage in daily combat over our comfort zones by constantly adjusting our thermostats during the day to where we think it belongs.
Two opposing views come into play between couples.: one sees technology as a gift that allows us to live in cool, peaceful surroundings to meet our Golden Rule: We Must Never Be Too Hot or Too Cold! The other partner is more practical. They hold the position that technology is a waste of money, enduring a warm spell is no big deal and air conditioning is bad for your health. Delusional, yes?
I must confess I fit the first profile. Any variance of more than 2 degrees off my comfort zone results in utter panic. I’m certain death by heat prostration or frost bite is imminent. Dehydration is just around the corner. My skin will crack and I’ll faint anytime soon. I’m driven by forces unknown to push the thermostat back where it belongs, a life-saving 70 degrees. I’ll work two or three jobs to pay the utility bill.
Across the trenches Miss Anna strikes back by reminding me of the evils of air conditioning or by having the house too hot. Bad for health. Bad on the budget. You won’t die. Up goes the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer or down to 69 degrees in winter.
And so it goes. Each day the battle begins with “Honey, did you change the temperature?.” Denials. Accusations. Negotiations. Failed attempts at resolutions. Then each side withdraws into a sullen settlement, resigned that the war will resume tomorrow.
Being the skilled researcher that I am, I invested a solid couple of minutes on the web to investigate this problem and found an article written by Bob Strauss. Immediately I felt relieved that the subject was on the web, which meant it wasn’t just me! Other people fight over the thermostat as well. (I’m sure you don’t.)
Anyway, Bob gives some advice about how to end the Thermostat Wars. ” Perhaps you agree that 30 minutes before bedtime you’ll cycle the heat up from 65 degrees to a toasty 70 for a full hour. Remember, it’s in the name of love.” Well, isn’t that sweet.
CBS News said it’s biological. “Turns out, there’s a biological explanation behind this heated battle at the thermostat, reports CBS News Correspondent Kelly Cobiella. Women conserve more heat around their core organs, which means less heat circulates throughout the rest of their body.” Aha! It’s in our DNA. Now we are getting somewhere.
CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said “There can an combination of factors at play. You talk about medical reasons. Probably the two most common for women are anemia or a low blood count or an underactive or low-fuctioning thyroid. Both of those can make you feel colder. Very easy to diagnose and treat.”
Pretty impressive research, eh?
Well, around our house we use the “cease fire” strategy where each of us gives a little bit to respect each other’s preferences and agree to a temperature level we both can live