Airconditioning Dilemma

You work in an airconditioned office. The thermostat for the airconditioner is set to 23.5C. The thermometer gauge says that it is currently 24.2C. Do you:

A) Ignore it;
B) Close the door to the stairwell that all the cold air is escaping down;
C) Set the thermostat to 21C so that it gets colder. After all, it should go down to 21.7C, right?

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Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

3 thoughts on “Airconditioning Dilemma”

  1. Airconditioners these days seem to have higher and higher “hysteresis”, so they are always swinging hot to cold, yet maintaining the average.

    I remember reading a study done that showed that humans were much more tolerable of high temperature and humidity variations when they were near open windows, with occasional breezes. In a sterile aircon office environment, even a small degree variation was enough to cause discomfort.

    So perhaps the answer is open a window, if you can ! Or perhaps smaller offices. Who knows.

    always switch to a laptop, put a pringles can wifi on your building and go and work at the regatta ! (everytime you break a build, have to chug a beer etc).

  2. Cold air escaping? Where to? It’s currently 2 degrees outside, where I am at the moment.

    Unless you are somewhere in Australia or New Zealand, you picked the wrong time to post this…

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