Donna, bring a sweater

March 8th, 2016 · 42 comments

Our submitter spotted this namanasty-gram taped to the thermostat of her hot yoga studio in Boise, Idaho.

Never above 70. Donna, bring a sweater.

related: Namaste, asshole

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42 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Kristin

    Wait, it’s a hot yoga studio, but the temperature isn’t supposed to be set above 70? Someone is confused, and I’m not sure it’s me.

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Abe

      Actually, yeah. The actual studio would be hotter, but you probably wouldn’t want the lobby to be too hot. People need to cool off after class

      Mar 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Juniper

      I don’t think she means Bikran yoga that’s meant to be in rooms above 100 degrees. She just means ‘hot’ in that it’s already a warm room – probably due to people exercising and sweating in it. The yoga is just a bit of a red herring really, other than to point out that Donna is a little odd to be cold while doing yoga.

      Mar 15, 2016 at 8:45 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #2   Jami

    Around 70 I find it gets a bit too stuffy.

    I know different bodies have different tolerances. But Donna might want to consider getting checked out by a doctor.

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

  • #3   The Beast Among Us

    Bring a sweater for me, too, Donna!

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #4   Kohaku bang

    But isn’t the yoga class full of sweaters anyway?

    (Personally, I’d rather have a screamer or a moaner.)

    Mar 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm   rating: 93  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Beast Among Us

      Screamers and moaners sure make me feel like I’m doing well, and that just makes me work even harder.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Kohaku bang

      Exactly! It’s a win-win.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   CAC

    the people at my job like it in the high 70s.

    Mar 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   JoDa

      The people at my job like it in the low 60′s. Can we average them and let normal people be comfortable?

      Mar 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm   rating: 94  small thumbs up

  • #6   melissa

    lol, I bet I know where this is.

    Mar 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      I bet you don’t!

      So, now that we’ve both made unverifiable statements… wanna make out?

      Mar 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm   rating: 92  small thumbs up

  • #7   AP

    Makes sense. I work at a pool, and during swim lessons I frequently catch parents turning off the thermostat because it’s “too hot,” as they sit there in sweaters and coats. Meanwhile, people who are appropriately dressed for swimming are freezing cold and huddling over the pool heaters.

    Maintenance just put in a dummy thermostat. Now no one adjusts the heat!

    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:45 am   rating: 96  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Bindy

      Wow! A dummy thermostat! Genius!

      Mar 9, 2016 at 9:27 am   rating: 92  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   AP

      We had asked for a locking cover for it, so only authorized people could adjust the heat, but apparently that looks unfriendly to our customers or something. So fake thermostat it is.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 10:36 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   assiveProgressive

      They have dummy thermostats at work, I am sure. Always set at a cozy 70. Yeah right.

      Mar 10, 2016 at 12:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   zenvelo

    70 degrees sounds about right for hot yoga. It’s Celsius, right?

    Mar 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Poltergeist

      This note is from Idaho so it’s almost certainly in degrees Fahrenheit.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   assiveProgressive

      I looked up a random hot yoga studio and their Flow studio is 75 degrees and the Hot Studio is between 87 and 92 degrees. Which sounds horrible. I would pass out. And yes that is Fahrenheit. Har d har. 100 celsius is boiling point, right?

      Mar 10, 2016 at 12:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   JoDa

      Um, it’s called “hot yoga” for a reason. Most studios I know that do “hot” classes go 80-90 F. A few go extreme and might even go over 100 F (technically, Bikram yoga is supposed to be practiced at 105 F). My (non-hot) studio “shoots” for 68, but it’s sometimes a little warmer or cooler depending on the outside temperature/circumstances (one class a few weeks ago got a little chilly towards the end because a strong cold front came through during class and the outdoor temp dropped from ~70 to ~50 in an hour…can’t blame them, they had to switch from A/C to heat in the span of an hour and a half! Personally, I walked in sweating lightly carrying my jacket, and huddled up against the wind, jacket on, leaving).

      Mar 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Rhea

      Sounds like she’s used to the Mytophesian climate.

      Jun 4, 2017 at 5:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   Rhea

      Mytophesians are like that.

      Jun 4, 2017 at 5:42 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   Lil'

    What kind of buttons are those? “Hold” and “Run”??

    Mar 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Kohaku bang

      It’s for a dual heating/cooling system, probably. “Run” will make whatever it is run until you switch it off. “Hold” makes it only come on till a certain temperature is reached. Our thermostat’s just like that.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   Lil'

      Gotcha. I have never seen a thermostat like that.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Kohaku bang

      I hadn’t till we moved into this house, so it’s fair you wouldn’t know. :)

      Mar 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.4   Jess

      No idea if that one is, but the therm at our house is programmable and the run button on it lets the heat fluctuate according to its settings while hold keeps it at whatever temperature it’s set to.

      Mar 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.5   Kohaku bang

      Ours is also programmable but we’ve never actually needed to do much other than set the temp and put it on hold. I don’t think we’ve even used the run feature more than once, and not since we replaced our thermostat with a newer model when we got a new AC unit.

      Mar 10, 2016 at 9:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.6   JoDa

      Jess is right that this is a programmable thermostat. If mine isn’t the same one, it has the exact same buttons in the exact same places and looks exactly the same (so, it’s probably the same brand/model).

      You hit the “set” button to set your programs…when it will automatically turn your heat or A/C up or down on a schedule. Just like programming a TV for favorite channels or the like. For example, my heat turns down to 55 during the day while I’m at work, then back up to 68 before I get home for the evening (reverse for A/C in the summer with 85 and 77).

      “Hold” keeps it at the current temperature setting (which you can set using the up/down buttons or by “holding” the current programmed temp) until you hit the “run” button to resume the scheduled changes again. Examples of using these would be when you’re home on a day that you’re normally at work (holiday, sick day) or when you go on vacation (turn the heat down to 55 or A/C up to 85 and leave it there until you get home).

      :Gets on soapbox: If you are regularly away from your home for 8 hours or more, or prefer a lower temperature at night for sleeping, using a programmable thermostat can save substantial money and energy. For every degree you turn your heat down or A/C up for 8 hours or more per day, you’ll save 1-2% on your energy bills/usage. If you have an electric heat pump (as I do), you’ll both need to buy a compatible thermostat (slightly more expensive, but still pays for itself in just a few months) and save a little less, but it’s still worth it. It took me about 9 months to change to a programmable thermostat when I bought my place, and my year-over-year savings were almost 25% on my winter bills and 15% on my summer bills. I turn the heat down both during my workday and overnight in the winter, and both turn the A/C up during my workday and schedule the lower temperature I prefer overnight to not start until I’m getting into bed in the summer. Won’t work for every family/situation, but they *can* be major energy savings, at a low cost and with little effort. :Gets off soapbox:

      Mar 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm   rating: 93  small thumbs up

    • #9.7   Kohaku bang

      ^ There we go. Listen to the wisdom of JoDa, who is more informed than I about these dadgummed thermostats. :D

      (Not sarcasm. Really. She is far more informed!)

      Mar 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.8   JoDa

      I got on the energy efficiency bandwagon *early.* I switched to CFLs in about 2003, and installed my first programmable thermostat in 2006. I was poor (-ish…enough money that I could pony up for a small initial outlay that would save me money in the long run, but not so much money that I could afford to waste on an ongoing basis) AND an economist (still am…just basically saying that I could “run the numbers” on these newer technologies), so I have 10+ years of experience with using and researching these now commonplace technologies.

      The developer who built that condo I spoke of as my first home (he was involved/in contact after the sale because of a 2-year self-maintained home warranty and because he told us outright “you guys are my best advertising…I do a good job so that when someone asks if they should buy in one of my developments, your answer is a resounding YES”) swore up and down that I wouldn’t save money using a programmable thermostat with a heat pump. He was floored when I sent him my year-over-year sample bills and the cost for the “compatible” thermostat, saying “it paid for itself in 6 months and will save me money forever.” He said he’d put programmables in all future projects.

      They don’t work for every family. If you have a heat pump, you HAVE to turn the heat down for 8 hours or more to save money. If you have a non-heat pump system, you can save if you can turn the heat down for 6 hours, but not as much. Any A/C system can generate savings if turned up for 6 or more hours, but 8 is better.

      If people are home all or most of the time, they won’t generate savings and just setting the temp you prefer and hitting “hold” is the way to go. If people are in your house all or most of the day, your best bet is to “dress for the weather” and turn the temp, permanently, up or down a degree or two. If your kids are traipsing around in shorts and tanks in January (and you don’t live in Florida or SoCal), tell them to go put on a sweatshirt and pants and turn the heat down a degree. :) I have ceiling fans in my new home, and they are WONDERFUL. Using them has allowed me to turn the A/C up about 3 degrees and still be comfortable (without them, I was 75 evening home and awake and 72 at night…now I’m 77 evening and 75 night). Some people use them in reverse in the winter, but I find the draft uncomfortable, and already don’t turn my heat above 68.

      Mar 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.9   justpunkin

      I have that very thermostat in my house :D

      Mar 15, 2016 at 9:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.10   Kohaku bang

      We’re home most of the time, so yeah, we just use the hold feature. We’ve got our heat at 67 (I could stand it a few degrees hotter, but I just put on more clothes) and the AC I believe stays at 72.

      Ceiling fans are a godsend. :D

      Mar 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #9.11   JoDa

      So, all of this leads to a funny story about a tenant in one of my rentals. While that rental isn’t necessarily the swankiest place in the whole city (though it does have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a stone bathroom…so it doesn’t SUCK), one feature of it is that energy bills are low because it’s on a middle floor and has VERY good windows. My first three tenants in there ALL asked me if it was okay if they cracked a window in January, since they had the heat set at 55 and it was a little stuffy in there (thermostat reading an indoor temp of 69-72), and I said that was fine as long as they kept the heat set to at least 55.

      But then I got the insane tenant. She called me and said her heat wasn’t “working right,” on a day that the high temp was in the mid-20′s. I took this seriously, and wrapped myself up in all my heaviest clothes and outerwear to meet her at the apartment when we both got home from work. When I walked in, I started stripping layers off and said “you’re right, your heat is too high and is probably driving up your energy bill. I’ll get someone over here to look at it immediately.” Her: “What are you talking about? It’s freezing in here. I called you because I set the thermostat to 80 and it only seems to be able to get the temperature up to 78. I should be able to set the temperature to whatever I want it and get it. Also, my bills have been really high. You said the average bills for this place should be about a third of what they’re billing me for, so can you explain that, or did you just scam me on that?”

      At the end of the day, I paid for an inspection of the HVAC system but insisted the tenant be present, so that a disinterested party could explain to her that no heating system in the world could keep an indoor space at or above 80 when the outdoor temp is 15-20 degrees, and turning it up that high would result in high energy bills. He suggested she put on pants and buy a thicker comforter, and she even told him off saying “I like to wear shorts and sandals at home, and I should be comfortable doing that without spending a million dollars. I don’t see why that’s a problem.” She moved on in the spring, and even tried to get my Craigslist posting of the place removed for “misrepresentation,” because she REALLY, TRULY thought that heat was free and an apartment should be 80+ on a cold January day, on demand.

      (My thermostat tells me that it’s currently 66 in my house, but it feels a little stuffy under my nice, thick duvet and filler, so I have the ceiling fan on to make it more comfortable to sleep soon (I typically like it around 63-65 to sleep))

      Mar 25, 2016 at 3:13 am   rating: 93  small thumbs up

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    I’ve never seen a thermostat like that, Dummy! Talented!

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