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As a landlord, it is likely that you have many tenants at once. When it comes to regulating the temperature of your property, the fact remains that not all tenants have identical temperature regulation needs. In fact, the elderly and people with health issues have special needs when it comes to temperature settings. As you set the parameters for a tamper-proof thermostat, it is important to consider the following important points to ensure the safety and security of your tenants with specific concerns:

The Elderly

As you age, the changes in your body make it much harder for you to be aware of getting cold. This puts the elderly at a high risk for hypothermia, which is what happens when your body temperature becomes too low. For a older person, a body temperature colder than 95 degrees can cause several health problems including heart attack, kidney problems, and liver damage.



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The Sick

When people are sick, it is common for their bodies to have problems staying warm. Other health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and Parkinson’s disease can make it harder for older adults to stay warm.

Children and Newborns

Like the ill and the elderly, children are not able to regulate their body temperatures and are more affected by temperature extremes. This can easily cause hypothermia and severe health defects in children. Newborn infants are also susceptible to hypothermia because of their large body surface area and small amount of subcutaneous fat.

In these circumstances, it is important not to let it get too cold inside your property. Setting the temperature between 60-65°F may still be unsafe, so keep your tamper proof thermostat at 68°F or higher to ensure the well-being of all your residents and to accommodate the special needs of children, the elderly, and tenants with serious health conditions.

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