I’ve been privately bitching for awhile now why I am constantly finding that everywhere I go I find myself cold inside public buildings. What boggles my mind is that I am not the only one. I always see other ladies crossing their arms to warm up. What is missing? Is it because store managers are all super hot? Who decides the temperature of a building? My theories on why it is so cold in public builidings in America.
- Americans are fat. Common sense, many people have about 30 pounds more insulation than me. There is of course the dual effect of having to carry around more weight and having that weight warm you. Thus, fat people need it to be cooler. Simple
- Most places are centrally air conditioned. In our house for example, the thermostat is set to 75. We have a pretty big house and so the main floor is normally 75, the basement is probably closer to 65, and the upper floor is closer to 80. And the biggest problem is that the thermostat is located on the main floor. There is currently no technology to sense temperature differences between floors and redistribute air accordingly — at least not on the residential scale.
- Americans don’t like to sweat. Sweating is one of the body’s natural cooling mechanisms. And as countless anti-antiperspirant ads can testify, sweating is BAD. It is seen as an embarrassment and is avoided whenever possible. Keeping the environment around your body cool is a convenient shortcut to avoiding sweat at the cost of overriding your body’s natural cooling system and further strengthening the air condition addiction.
- Poor insulation. Houses here are not constructed out of stone and cement like they are in Europe. They are constructed with wood and insulated with fiberglass fibers. Our roofs are lined with fiberglass/asphaltÂ shingles instead of clay shingles. The problem is because the fiberglass shingles are primarily darker colored and absorb more heat, whereas clay is generally a lighter color and absorb less. All this means is you have to crank up the AC to achieve a stable temperature, driving up costs. If point number 2 isn’t addressed, you can have very cold places in a building.
I, for one, would strongly support any legislation that says a public building should be set no lower than X and preferably 5-10 degrees lower than outside temperature. Not only to please my own thermal needs but to save electricity. I can’t imagine how much money we’d be saving as a nation if people could just bear a good sweat every now and then.
yeh. this post sucks.
about the money saving, another thing comes to my mind with "you americans": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8y6zEc8x5w
sucks, doesn't it?
your houses really suck, cause you hear almost anything going on in the house, which isn't good for sleeping reasons, and i love sleeping. maybe good for "you" fearfull americans cause you might hear burglars from the very first step into the house...but well...at least they are BIG
an interesting theory i just heard from my barkeeper downstairs about "you americans" is that the reconnaissance never really reached the broadband of people "over there" which ends up living more as an actor, acting in different situations the "right" way, rather than doing what you really feel and are. which brings me back to the sweating sucks topic. information control of the media is way to big over there - sucks.
but luckily there are people out there, even in the "biggest sucker country of the world" that realize whats going on, that feel who they are and whats really worth living for. so keep it up, bring the soul back to humans, bring the humanity back to the humans. i love you guys, bussi schwester, sers mohinder, cya on new years eve!
Germans are so dramatic....
here: a twinkle in the eye for allaya: ;-)
which actually is a very nice "american express"ion
belive me i could find a thousand things being good in the states...
(take it as an exegggerated cartman quote)
I have complained many times at my work for the AC being set so low. I sit by the door and still in the summer I find myself shivering. Their solution? They bought us all heaters...now my co-workers crank up heaters underneath their desk (energy) which then causes an overall temperature change in the office that triggers the AC to kick on (more energy)...so then they crank up their heaters... you see where I'm going with this...
@Ashley That's just crazy stupid. People are idiots.