The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 January 2005

These go up to 111

I'd like to say that I'm surprised at this:

Fed up with complaints from sweaty men and shivering women, HVAC technicians install dummy thermostats to give workers the illusion of control. In some leased buildings, even the corporate tenants don't know the thermostats are useless. Other times, it's the companies themselves, barraged with calls from workers, who ask the landlord's HVAC technicians to "fix" things.

Richard Dawson, an HVAC specialist from Homer, Ill., estimates that 90 percent of office thermostats are dummies, but that figure is way too high, others say. Dawson is unrepentant about installing fakes.

"I did what my employer told me to do," he said. "You just get tired of dealing with them (the complainers) and you screw in a cheap thermostat. Guess what? They quit calling you."

But after learning last year that most of the pedestrian "Push Button/Wait for Walk Signal" controls in New York City don't work, I'm a lot harder to surprise.

(Via Deb at Accidental Verbosity.)

Posted at 1:34 PM to Dyssynergy


This must have been a liberal's idea. It gives the appearance of addressing a problem without actually doing anything about it.

Posted by: Thomas Pfau at 2:09 PM on 18 January 2005

No, Thomas -- because liberals need for people to keep complaining. As long as it's about non-liberals.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:09 PM on 18 January 2005

Actually I figured it was those pesky Neo-Cons who figure they would tell us one thing and do whatever they figure is right for us.

Posted by: NostradamusIllegitimateSon at 5:55 PM on 18 January 2005

Sounds like a control group experiment performed by Sociologists.

Posted by: Babs at 7:15 PM on 18 January 2005

The trick with one of these is to get the person complaining to adjust the "setting"; the complaining will cease forthwith.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:40 PM on 18 January 2005

Wait, there are people who haven't figured out by now that those are dummy thermostats? The fact that they've tried to adjust them time after time to no avail hasn't tipped them off? Everyone in my office just jokes when we see thermostats in individual offices. We all know that if you actually want the temperature adjusted, you have to call facilities. I just keep a sweater and shawl in my office.

Posted by: Lesley at 3:12 PM on 19 January 2005