My childhood friend Michelle grew up in a big old farmhouse far from the center of town. I used to love going over to her house to play after school, since there were was so much to explore around the property that she lived on. In addition to the three story house, they also had a barn, with garages on the first floor, and a living room upstairs.
The barn was my favorite part of Michelle's house, since these types of spaces are typically always filled with old, forgotten objects, and this one was no exception. One day, I found a whole bag of brass mailbox letters, which were really cool – I still have them hanging in my bedroom.
But one of the best things about going to the barn after school was that we got to be the ones to warm it up for everyone else. As the first people to go into the barn, we got to turn on the old manual thermostat on for the first time all day.
We were so little the first time that Michelle's mom bestowed this responsibility on us, that we would stand on chairs in order to reach the thermostat on the wall. It wasn't long before we learned the quirks of the barn and figured out how to adjust the temperature perfectly.
It occurred to me a few weeks ago that a manual thermostat is definitely the way to go for a space that isn't used all the time, since it can turned on depending on how frequently or infrequently the space is used, and it will keep you warm when you need it to.