In NYC, building owners are required to provide heat to tenants. Per this page, the requirements are:
Heat must be provided between October 1st and May 31st, i.e. "Heat Season," under the following conditions:
- Between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00pm, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am, the inside temperature is required to be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
I set up a raspberry pi with a thermometer so that I can check on whether my apartment is warm enough. The temperature is recorded once per minute in a cron job, using my thermometer python library. This move is partially inspired by John's room temperature dataset.
I taped down the raspberry pi to the inside of cardboard box and put the box under the couch in the living room. The living room is the warmest room in the house. The couch is a bit closer to the window than the radiator.
I followed a few guides.
But I made some departures from each guide that i did not specifically keep track of. In particular I found the circuit in the thermometer guide did not work and so I used this one instead.