Argument heats up!
February 21, 2010 5:54 PM Subscribe
Help me settle an argument between my parents about central heating, please. My mother believes, for instance, that setting the thermostat for 75 degrees and cutting it off once it reaches 70 degrees will warm the house faster than if the thermostat were simply set to 70 degrees initially. My father thinks this is ridiculous. Who's right?
posted by estlin to science & nature (29 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In addition, does this also hold true for other things such as ovens or air conditioning? [Are air conditioning and heating different, or do they operate largely the same way?]