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Posted by ghelf on November 30, 2010, 6:06 pm
Why did you decide your original idea is no good? Other posters seem to
agree a second thermostat is the way to go. This is a vacation rental and
putting utility bill in their name is not practical and the tenants do not
do this deliberately. Many people think if they jack the temperature up to
90, it will get warmer faster.

Posted by Morris Dovey on November 30, 2010, 6:52 pm
On 11/30/2010 12:06 PM, ghelf wrote:

Low caffeine level (in both instances). Most likely I was just trying to
make a hard problem out of an easy one. :-p

I think you have the right of it - but if the furnace is the only source
of heat you might allow a slightly higher setting (72 or 73) if there
are scrawny old folks (like me) or recently hospitalized folk (of any
age or build) in the group...

...I think I'd be willing to pay a little more to be comfortable, but
I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to return to, or speak well of, a
vacation place where I couldn't get comfortable. ($.02)

Morris Dovey

Posted by Martin Riddle on December 1, 2010, 1:37 am

I think he's looking for something like this...


Posted by ghelf on December 1, 2010, 3:48 am
 Yes, this is what I am looking for and it is reasonably priced. The other
link you gave me for an internet enabled thermostat is also very interesting
but very expensive.
Thanks for your help.

Posted by news on November 30, 2010, 6:42 pm

One of the old round thermostats with a mercury switch works well for
this - there's a lot of surface area between the wheel and the case
for gluing.

"A  location where it won't be found" is usually behind a piece of
furniture that is too heavy to be easily moved - such as a large chest
of drawers.  Behind a large picture can also be a good place for the
other thermostat.  Couches and upholstered chairs are always subject
to rearrangement.

Closets are usually several degrees away from the room temperature so
aren't the best place for a thermostat - unless you want to put a
"dummy" thermostat in a closet so the people can "find" what's keeping
the heat from getting as high as they want it to be.  Once they've
adjusted that "hidden" thermostat, they'll probably stop looking ;-)


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