Heating seems to be a recurring issue with my guests in winter. Sometimes it’s strange. I had one guest describe their bedroom as “icy cold”. It was so cold they couldn’t sleep! They asked for a second heater. Worried, I immediately went over thinking it must be broken. After checking with a thermostat, I discovered their “icy cold” room was 28 degrees Celcius. They hadn’t even turned the temperature up fully.
My most recent review said:
The only thing is it was a little cold when we got there and takes a few days to warm up.
Days! This definitely shouldn’t be the case. We have a reverse cycle heat pump in our open plan living room. I know from experience that it only takes a few minutes to warm the space up.
I think there is an expectation that every square inch of the house must be heated to a ridiculous degree at all times. This is why, in spite of our house rules asking guests not to, they leave the heat pump running 27/7 (hooray for my electricity bill!).
Ranting aside, I do want to try to assure potential guests that it doesn’t take days for the heating in our listing to work. I’d be grateful for any opinions on my attempt at an informative and polite response -
Thank you for your kind words, X. Our city is quite cold in winter, however it definitely shouldn’t take several days for the house to warm up! There is a heat pump in our open plan living room, which should warm up the space within a few minutes. Each bedroom also has a heater, which we turn on prior to arrival.
I don’t want to be speculative, but I believe that some guests just don’t realise that each heater is only meant to warm up a particular space. They aren’t supposed to collectively heat up the whole house. If guests aren’t closing doors, heat is just escaping into the hallway. Do I try to address this in the review? Or, should I simply throw in a “did you perhaps mean hours?”
(Before anyone asks, yes, we do have information sheets specifically pointing out how to use the heaters, and to keep the doors closed. People just don’t read them. They do, however, read the reviews.)