“Motion Sensor Hotel Thermostats Make Your Room More Comfortable,” Says Company That Manufactures Them

If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel where the thermostat was controlled by a motion sensor, you know the unpleasant feeling of walking into a hot room when all you want to do is sit down and relax after a long day. If you’re like me, you’d think the reason for these devices besides making our lives miserable is to save the hotel money. If they don’t have to run the air conditioning unit to cool the room all day, that’s reducing the electric cost and increasing the profit for the hotel.

Not so, says a blog post by Lodging Technology. Motion-sensing thermostats actually increase the comfort of the room by controlling humidity levels, so turning off the AC during the day is a good thing. Coming as no surprise to me, Lodging Technology is a company that manufacturers the thermostats along with other technology products for hotels, so reading their spin about why these products are beneficial was eye-opening.

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Alternate Ways To Cool or Heat Your Room When Regular Hotel Thermostat Hacks Don’t Work

One of the most popular posts I’ve ever written for Your Mileage May Vary has been How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings. Briefly, hotels with digital thermostats are sometimes able to set them so they don’t go above or below a certain temperature. So you may want your room to be 68 degrees at night, and you may set it to that, but the temperature of the room won’t actually go below 73 (or whatever the hotel has set it to). This saves the hotel money via a lower electric bill, but makes for a whole lot of sweaty (or freezing, in the cold months) guests. The post I mentioned above tells you how to override the settings for a dozen or so popular brands of thermostats.

Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of thermostat makes/models that are missing from the post above. It’s not my fault – the hacks just aren’t out there (or at least weren’t attainable when I was originally researching for that post). Or some hotels may purposely set their thermostats up so they can’t be accessed so easily.

Here are some ways, albeit some unconventional ones, to get around all that.

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How To Override Hotel Thermostat Settings

As we wrote a while back, modern hotel thermostats are, in a word, a pain. Well over a decade ago, we noticed the kind of thermostat where you were supposed to put your room key into a slot to keep the air conditioning (and sometimes the electricity!) running, which meant when you were out of the room, your A/C wouldn’t run and when you got back, the room would be uncomfortable. That one was easy to override because just about ANY card worked in the slot ;).

As modern technology got more advanced, they started building motion sensors into hotel thermostats, which meant that not only did you have to be in the room for the A/C to work, you had to be moving around…so if you were sleeping and woke up in the middle of the night, the room could be uncomfortable because unless they were sleepwalking, no one had moved around in several hours.

And then there are the thermostats that have upper or lower limits that you can’t bypass so the room won’t get warmer or colder than the hotel wants. Oh great, that way we can be uncomfortable in our room while we’re wide awake, too!

Fortunately, electronic-savvy travelers have made it their business to figure out how to override these nuisance thermostats so we can be in our hotel rooms more comfortably. Here are some hacks for some of the most popular brands at some of the more popular hotels:

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