Traveling for a residing offers me the chance to visit a number of hotels. Three star of several star, all of them have a single thing in common. They all must be heated and cooled. It never easily dawned on me on just what a sizable Heating and Air Conditioning undertaking this was. Every room these nights has some form of individual heating and cooling control. Whether it be a thermostat on the wall or the individual window unit, the Heating and Air Conditioning demand is big and varied. The Heating and Air Conditioning energy cost alone must eat up a healthy amount of the operating budget. I’m surprised hotels and motels haven’t attempted to control the Heating and Air Conditioning costs. Or maybe they have and that’s why the darn air conditioner appears to be so underwhelming in many hotels. Could it be honestly long before each room has a smart thermostat that simply regulates the room temp? Now, they pass these Heating and Air Conditioning costs on to the customer. But, that dynamic is not at all sustainable. I can imagine that curbing heating and cooling costs are at the top of the list in many hospitality board rooms. Eventually, if utility bills continue to rise, the room rate could be unmanageable for many people. The plan of paying for unlimited conditioned air as an amenity is not so absurd. Hotels hit us for so many nickel and dime expenses already. Heating and cooling are the next big thing for hotels to monetize. The honestly thought of all this has given me extra impetus to split out the extensive traveling. It may be time to get headquartered in our own new dining room where the Heating and Air Conditioning costs are mine alone.