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Can you adjust your room temp?
Old 01-15-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Can anyone adjust your own room temperature? I teach in a portable and had the ability to adjust my room temp at my pleasure until the district put a new thermostat that is not adjustable. Now I freeze in the winter and burn up in the summer. Today the thermostat said the outside temp was 76, when in fact it was actually 42. It's very frustrating going from total temperature control to none at all. They didn't even inform me of the change. I came in one day and it was changed. I just wondered if I am the only teacher that struggles with room temperature!


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Old 01-15-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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controls ours . The trailors can control their own
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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A few years ago the school installed a new chiller unit. We got room adjusters in our rooms then. It has been great. I used to have the wackiest temp in the building. If it was cold outside, I would sweat in my room. If it was warm out, I would freeze. I love it now.
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Our janitor put a lock box on our themostats to save $$$. When my class saw him do this (happened during class) They thought that was just mean. They were used to me adjusting the temp when we got too hot or cold. The janitor is a friend so I was teasing him and told him to make me a key. He couldn't do that but left the lock box propped up so it looks locked but I can go in and set the heat or a/c. I love this man! I just have to be careful so the control-freak principal doesn't see me touching it.

I don't know how the rest of the classrooms can stand it with their rooms being too hot or too cold.
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In my building...
Old 01-15-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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we have absolutely no control. You're either FREEZING or "Burning Up". It's so ridiculous. Today, I had windows open in my room just so we could breathe. It felt like we were suffocating.


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Thermostats
Old 01-15-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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Our wing of the building is newer so we have our own controls. The rest of the building has 3 rooms on one thermostat in the middle room, so you are constantly sending notes to the middle person asking them to move it up or down!
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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have been known to put ice cubes or a cold wet paper towel on the thermostat in the winter to get some heat. Can not do anything in the summer because we have no A/C to adjust!
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It's always 90+ degrees in my room!
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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I freeze during the summer and smother during the winter. We're not supposed to prop open our outside doors, but I have to, because it's so stuffy we can't breathe.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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Each room has a thermostat, but it is in a locked box. Each season it's preset by someone from district maintenance.

However, it might so happen that a few people might have been in the building during the installation process, and they just might have gotten a key that controls that special little box. Of course, I wouldn't have one because that would be wrong since we aren't supposed to touch them. *a'hem*


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Old 01-15-2009, 06:27 PM
 
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Yes we can and thank goodness! I'm so cold-natured and I always have it very warm in my room!!

My mom and I were just talking about this yesterday. She was telling me that when she was in college the teachers couldn't control the thermostats. She said they would light a match under the thermostat in the summer to get the AC to come on and in the winter they would spray hairspray under the thermostat to get the heat to come on! Probably not something you would want to do in front of your students though!
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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We have a lock box too, but it can be forced off the wall
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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We usually are BURNING.

I often turn on the AC fan in the winter time.
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Well...
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we are lucky enough to be able to control ours. Unfortunately not on the weekends, though. I went in over the Christmas break and had to work in my coat! It was so flippin' cold in the school! Brrrrrr!

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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not exactly...you need an allen wrench and your not suppose but you can fingle [sp].
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Our thermostat is a fake!
Old 01-15-2009, 09:07 PM
 
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I have mine set at 85, but don't worry, it never gets past 71 in my room. What burns me even more than not really being able to control the temperature is that our temperature is connected to our lights which are hooked up to motion sensors. If I'm alone in my room and grading papers at my desk for more than 18 minutes, the lights go out. I have to stand up, walk to the center of the room, and wave my arms to make them go back on! It's so disruptive to what I'm trying to get done!!!

The other thing I hate about the system, is that when we are watching a video and the lights are out, the temperature in the room drops dramatically. One by one we all begin reaching for sweatshirts or even jackets.

I know the intention was to save money, but the company's van is in our driveway more than the UPS truck!
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Miserable miserable. Right now it is freezing. The ac never works and we have no windows to open. It is awful. My hands are so cold they are numb.
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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I can adjust it by closing or opening the windows

I don't have a thermostat (no a/c or heat), but I remember how annoying it is to not have that control over the temp.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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I don't have control, but the heat is set at 71 and the thermostat on the wall. When I'm cold, I take a little handheld fan and blow on it, and within 5 minutes the room is toasty warm! I learned from my mom- when I was growing up she didn't want to listen to my dad complain about the heat being turned up, so she would fan our thermostat with a magazine until the heat kicked on. Silly, but it works.
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Got one in the room, but what good does it do when the air handler/exchanger doesn't work? The weeks before Christmas was unbearable--close to 80 degrees. Kids were pulling off all kinds of layers. The janitor was in my room several times a day with his thermometer gizmo and attempts to adjust the locked thermostat. He even brought one of his industrial fans in to try to circulate the cooler air from the hallway (made too much noise). I couldn't even wear lightweight long sleeves. There is a person in the central office that has some kind of computer control over the heating/ac. He is the only one who knows the program. Before Christmas he was gone because of peronal matters. I guess when I threatened to take the matter to our union, they thought something needed to be done. I can now at least wear long sleeved sweaters, but not the heavy winter ones.
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Right now all of the rooms have an adjustable thermostat. However, the other four buildings do not. It's a matter of time until we lose that privledge.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Yes, we have control over ours. Sometimes it takes awhile for the temp to actually change .
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I have limited control...usually in the winter we can't have AC and in the spring no heat. It's sometimes (okay, often) a problem because our weather in GA is wacky. We had days in December where the high was 76 degrees and no air.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Nope! We're either freezing since the air is turned on high, or roasting since the air is broken. And we have no windows, so it's always stuffy and germy-smelling. Yuck!
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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Our building is boiling hot from September to May. They won't turn the heat off till school is out for the summer. Yeah--I can control my heat--I just close the vents and stuff pillows in them and open the windows in the middle of winter!!
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I have the same problem. I bring my own heater and plug it in and set right next to me, especiallly when i am lesson planning
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global warming!
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I am convinced that the cause of global warming is all the classroom windows being opened to let the heat out. The other day, I was sitting at my desk with my back to an open window during plan time. When the secretary brought the announcements in, I told her that I was sure that I would get pneumonia. My back was getting 10 degree wind and my face/front was 90!
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I used to work at a place that caused everyone to smother from the heat because the air conditioner was not to be used and the old house had no windows that would open. (Painted shut). In just a couple minutes, I successfully bent a large paper clip to go around the plastic shelf in the thermostat lock box and moved the slider over and clicked the thermostat over to "cool". Try it when the students aren't in the room. And don't tell anyone.
Every lock box I have ever seen has holes in the top and/or bottom. Be persistent and bend that wire!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank goodness
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I do have control. With my hot flashes and asthma I don't think I could survive if the heat in my classroom got too warm.
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neat trick!
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I also am forced to use the wet paper towel trick... usually 4 or 5 times a day. Otherwise the "heater" pumps out cool (sometimes cold) air. And when I do put the paper towel on the room goes from 50 to about 100 degrees
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