Rational heating

Houses used to have radiators. These were "irrational," as it was hotter near the radiator than on the other side of the room. What people wanted was uniform heat over the entire house.

Except, if they have any sense, that's not what they want. Some people will find the uniformly heated room chilly, while others find it stifling. When we had radiators and fires, one could move closer to the heat source, or further from it, and set one's own room temperature. Now we must all have a single temperature, like it or not.

4 comments:

  1. I've never heard anyone call them "irrational" before. Are you sure you aren't just picking something that may sound like people might call it "irrational"?

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  2. "Some people will find the uniformly heated room chilly, while others find it stifling."

    Except for the people who control the thermostat.

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  3. I recognize the trade-off. I also recognize the trade-off that in some parts of a house it can be very uncomfortable. My parents' house has radiators. On this margin, I prefer my apartment.

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  4. Is this what you told your wife when she asked why you'd set the couch on fire?

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