Washington, DC - Puzzling Climate Control System

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I've been meaning to write about this for a while.

Earlier this year, I visited the historic Hotel Harrington in Washington, DC. Their web site is sort of interesting -- one thing they mention is that they were the first hotel in town to get air conditioning in 1938. I'm all about the air conditioning. So how does the climate control system work at this place?

This is how you operate the heater:


?? What does the asterisk mean? Is it OFF or ON or WARM or what? Is 1 the coldest or the hottest? How come I can turn the dial to the "Braukmann" position? Anyway, this occupied my thoughts for quite a while. Since it controlled a radiator, it was very hard to tell what effect (if any) it was having on the actual heat being produced.

Okay, so how about that sweet 1938 air conditioning? This is how you adjust the coolness:


If you pull on it, it maybe gets colder? And this is what that control leads to:


Yum. I ended up opening a window, which was fine, and watching a whole lot of Queer Eye. (They have cable with Bravo!)


I think you should stay in crappy hotels more often -- they inspire such fine blog entries!

I've always been a fan of the "Braukmann" position.


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