Let us first look at how to best describe what a thermostat really is. As taken from Wikipedia :
“A thermostat is a component of a control system which senses the temperature of a system so that the system’s temperature is maintained near a desired setpoint.”
The idea of using an automated device to maintain an even temperature can be thought of as controlling air temperature for different reasons.
-Food temperature is controlled to extend its useful lifespan.
-Controlling the temperature at a setpoint above or below freezing for the safety of products or equipment that would otherwise rupture or fail.
Our individual comfort levels can and will change as we get older. Circulation plays a large part in body heat loss just as humidity levels can affect just how we feel on any given day.
I have my thermostat set at 70f for the heating season. Without giving up my age, I can say that 20 years ago I was comfortable with my heating set to 68f. And 20 years from now it would not be a surprise for me to set my thermostat at say 72f to feel the same comfort.
There are days when I feel warmer or colder than what my thermostat reads, but usually when I give it a little more thought, when I am tired I feel cold and if I feel energetic I will feel warmer. Inevitably someone out of a group of people in the same space will feel more or less comfortable for their own reasons.
Since my thermostat is set to keep me comfortable, it does not matter to me if 70f is really 71f or 69.5f. As a result my furnace does not lose any efficiency with an inaccurate setpoint call from my thermostat. Some newer digital thermostats can actually be offset, or re-calibrated to better display an accurate reading such as what a thermometer should do.
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