Distracted roomies set off AC with their cooking

Everybody knows that it’s a challenge to cohabitate with other humans.

Even with this knowledge on your side, you will run into endless obstacles and frustration when you’re trying to establish a household with another being.

At least, this has been my experience as I’ve tried to responsibly settle into a positive living situation with my new roomies. For the most part, we get along great… Until the air quality becomes a problem. You see, my roommates are very fond of cooking. However, they’re also very absent-minded. They regularly leave the oven on when nothing is inside, forget about boiling pots of water on the stove top, or set up their steamer hours before they need to use it. All of these factors contribute to pumping extra heat into our indoor air. Given, none of these heat releasing activities would be significant enough to increase the entire household of air conditioned air. The problem is, our thermostat is located just outside the kitchen. The thermostat is responsible for monitoring our indoor air quality and controlling the HVAC devices that we employ. Whenever the kitchen is warmer than the rest of the house because of their absent minded cooking exploits, the poor thermostat detects the air temperature increase and tells the cooling system and furnace what to do. In the summer, this means our air conditioning system is running more often than it needs to. In the winter, this means our furnace stops operating faster than we would like. The air temperature never reaches the programmed thermostat settings because of this artificial temperature boost from the kitchen. Even worse, we can never seem to get the smells of their abundant cooking out of our indoor air.

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