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I am cold!

January 9th, 2010 at 11:09 am

This arctic cold snap is no joke, but that's not why I'm cold. The central heating is suppose to maintain 50 degrees F.

It is not!

I hear it kick on from time to time, but the thermostat needle is way below 50 and it definitely does NOT feel like 50!

Something is very wrong with the central heating. Of course, I wasn't going to walk out there in the middle of the night to investigate. Now that the sun is up, I'm going to go take a look.

On the "upside", I learned that my current passive heating strategy can handle about this temperature, but just barely. I wouldn't be surprised if I slept through below 30 degrees F last night.

But this is getting insane.

10 Responses to “I am cold!”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I hope it isn't anything major wrong with your heating system.

    I hear you on the insanity of this cold snap. Here in Texas, it just is not normal to be so cold for such a long period of time. We usually have a few cold days, then a few weeks of warm weather before another few cold days. Now it's just cold, colder, or coldest!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm cold too and it's still 69 degrees in our house!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    It was 3 degrees when I got up this morning and I am in Georgia!

  4. davera Says:

    I was wondering how your strategy of keeping the temp at 50 was coming along. I'm trying a different, but related strategy. I keep the temp at 60 when I'm home, and then completely turn off the heat at night. By heating up one of those flannel "snakes" filled with rice in the microwave, and placing it in the sheets, the bed stays ultra warm all night.

    By morning, the temp is down to about 45, brr, during these cold snaps. That is the lowest I will allow it to go, so no pipes freeze. But the furnace really kicks in and gets it up to 60 in no time.

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Davera, I think my strategy would work if only the furnace would.

    I've check with my gas company. My account is pristine.

    I've checked the furnace myself. Set and reset with ignition and circuit breaker. I've checked the air filter. Doesn't have a problem.

    I noticed that it takes in air just fine, but no air of any kind, hot OR cold comes out.

    As far as I can tell, the unit is actually broken somehow. That's the best that I can figure it. I've already made contact with a repairman, who should be in tomorrow. Hopefully he can sort this out, and cheaply....

    In the meantime, I'm going to rough it out again tonight. But I think I'll be fine. My biggest worry is not letting any of the water pipes burst. 30 is definitely not how cold a house should be.

  6. janH Says:

    We were without heat for a week once about a decade ago (no power). Kept the fireplace going (monitored the whole time by someone)and used the gas heater in the bathroom from time to time. Otherwise, going to the bathroom would have felt like going to an outhouse. It was in the teens and twenties outside the whole time. I feel for you. I hope that the repairman can fix it without you waiting for a part. That's always discouraging.

  7. boomeyers Says:

    Get into the closet BA! Wink Hope everything works out! Keep us posted!

  8. Single Guy Says:

    This is what works best for me - one of those oil filled electric radiators. Even if you get the heating system working, I would still suggest getting one. I use one so I can have the bedroom "reasonable" - say 68 or so, and the rest of the house 60 or a little less. If you want to not pay full price, wait until next summer and check yard sales. I saw 5 this summer, from $5 to $15, but I already have two.

    As for what you have the temperature set at... I would only worry what temperature the air comes out. My thermostat always needs to be set two to three degrees warmer than it actually keeps it. So I set it for 62, and it stays right about 60. Of course if your system is not blowing air, then you have a real problem.

  9. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe good advices.

    Actually, I did sleep in the *ahem* closet last night. I fired up my oil radiator. and let it stand guard over the draft under the door (I can't block that because, um, I still need air to breathe). It was tough because my mattress couldn't fit in there anymore, and I had to sleep on a bunch of sheet, which was painful. Sleep wasn't easy.

    This afternoon, an HVAC guy came and fixed it. Turned out to be a burnt-out igniter. So, I'm now back to normal. After what I went through, 50 degrees feels GREAT!

  10. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Glad to hear it's fixed!

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