I enjoy cold weather, but the homes down here in general are not properly insulated (at least most of the track homes built in the mid to late 90’s) nor are the heating systems up to the task of keeping up when temps drop below freezing…we have a forced air system that uses a heat pump and if we set the t-stat about 66 and the temps drop to about 32 the heat runs all the time, and it’s expensive because it’s electric…we’ve used our fireplace more times this year than in the last 2 or 3 combined…We don’t mind piling blankets on at night, in fact I prefer it, but who wants a cold house unless it’s summer time…back to the insulation, the recent bout of cold weather prompted me to look at ways to keep the heat in and cold out. Our bedrooms which all have outside walls are much colder than the rest of the house. Part of it’s the windows, which even though they’re double-pane get a lot of air penetration at the bottom. I’m sure after more than 20 years, the outer gaskets aren’t sealing well. So a couple trips to Lowe’s for some peel and stick weather stripping, (also tried one of those draft buster deals but it wouldn’t work with our type of window), I was able to drop the temps around the base of the window by about 3 degrees…not much but every bit helps. I’m sure all of you currently freezing in the great white north really feel bad for me…
. When I was a kid, we lived in Pennsylvania, and for some reason we had baseboard heat. We had much the problem you describe, except my parents, to save money, set the thermostat to 60 (and of course, that meant there were some places in the house that were below 60.)
We were constantly sipping tea and huddled under blankets in the winter. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized most people did not do this.
Of course, as my parents said, it builds character. That chill you have in your body right now is all your character building. Think of it that way.
I love the old “it builds character saying”…funny how I find myself saying the same thing to my kids…Talk about cold…when I was a kid we lived in the mountains of West Virginia in a small house my dad built, wasn’t much more than a cabin really…we were at about 3000 ft in elevation…the only heat in the place was a pot belly stove and we slept in a loft up on the second floor…we used lots and lots of quilts…let me tell you, using an outhouse in the dead of winter when it’s 0 degrees outside is a unique experience…
I’m in PA and live in a house built in 50’s with base board heating. Recently we did an addition to the house and that new area has forced air heating. I love the base board heating. So much more comfortable to the body compared to forced air.
Sounds like you must be quite a character…
my wife would totally agree with you.
Nope, I had the last laugh! I made sure it didn’t build any character at all!
I’d be divorced living in a car in a parking lot if i set it at 60F I turn it back to 67F or 68F at night. 70F during the day.
I think kids are immune to the cold…my daughter will go out and get the mail with no shoes/socks on///the other day the temp was around 0F and there is snow and ice on the ground…i yelled at her but she just went anyways…
Heat pumps have come a long way. Minisplit heat pumps are all the rage in high performance, super insulated homes being built. Heat in winter, ac in summer…many operate below 0F (some down to -20F). I’ve actually thought about putting one in just to tinker with it in the winter and mainly use it for AC in the summer (basement).
The insulation on most under insulated homes can be substantially improved. It helps with the cooling bill as much as heating in a climate like FL. It’s usually easy to blow insulation into the attic. The walls are more difficult but not out of the question.
You can drive down the streets up here right now and see which houses are properly insulated. Any house with huge icicles running the length of the house roof is almost a dead giveaway to substantial heat loss to the attic (causing the snow to melt). I blew in a lot of cellulose years ago into my attic and rarely do i see any melt until the temp warms or the sunshine starts to hit the southern side enough to melt… insulation is only part of it…you can lose substantial amounts of heat to cracks/holes/etc…doors that don’t properly shut…windows that aren’t sealed properly. Although some air exchange is healthy…although newer very tight homes will put in heat exchangers to efficiently move fresh air in and stale air out.
We had more snow than predicted. most winters we get no snow but last night allowed my area to add another snow day for a grand total of TWO snow days in ONE winter!
We got down to 17 degrees last night with single digit wind chills. Today we will not get above freezing (high of 31). That is crazy cold for south Alabama! Hope the trees I planted last weekend will be ok. I raked the snow away from the base of the trees in hopes of warming them up a bit.
Rake the snow back! It’s insulation
Ok. Lol. Rookie mistake.
You might also want to consider some white paint on the trunks or the white spiral tree covers. To reflect sun on those cold days. Perhaps not a necessity where you are, but if you get a very sunny day it can heat the trunk to the point where it starts pulling water up, and then a quick drop down to low temps (<20F) can kill those trunk cells.
I’m impressed by your tracks, no wasted steps there, just exactly enough steps around each tree to pull the snow back. Looks a little like a zen garden
i was raised in a cheaply made old trailer here in n. Maine. we had a oil heater but it was only back up for the wood stove. we were poor so my father would keep the thermostat at 60f in -20f weather! we had so many quilts piled on you could hardly breathe! 1st. one to get up ran to get the wood stove stoked back up! we put plastic on the inside and outside as the windows were only single pane. don’t know how we survived in there as long as we did!
That sounds like a cold way to live in Maine, lol. We burned wood when I was growing up, I still do here at my house, and when I was about 14 I was the first one to get home and I was supposed to build up the fire. We had a big wood stove and a really big stone fire place with steel doors and blowers above the fire box. I got home one cold day and went squirrel hunting instead of putting wood on the fires . When I got home after dark everyone was home and dad explained that if I was going to go squirrel hunting that I better put wood on the fires first. So the next night I split a bunch of red oak real fine ( being a smart ass ) and completely filled the fire box on the fireplace and shut the doors and turned the blower on. When I got home the doors on the house were propped open and dad said when he got home the blower vents were glowing red. Got a pretty strong talking to on that one.
luckily my father was a jack of all trades and could jerry rig anything. he built our old chicken coop and shed 40+ yrs ago with a chainsaw and they’re still standing!
i once got up to make the fire but couldn’t find the matches so i lit a piece of paper towel from the propane stove and tried to get it to the wood stove. wound up burning a hole in the shag carpet and setting off the fire alarm, waking everyone on a sat. morning! got spoken to by everyone!! we used to go thru 8 cords of hardwood per winter. even when my parents had their new house built in the late 80’s they still used 7 cord.