This week the heat in our house was out for a few days. A circuit board went out on the furnace and it took a few days to get a replacement. Now we don’t live in a real cold area, although it has been colder than normal, getting down in low 30s high 20s. Now I know that this is not cold for many of you, but I still was able to take advantage of the situation and learn from it.
I do have some alternate long-term solutions to the heating problem, but decided not to use them. Here is a few things we noticed. The first day the house started fairly warm from residual heat, every day after that it got a bit colder, but still not as bad as outside at night.
Here is a few things that we learned.
- Open the blinds first thing in the morning to let the sun in.
- Long underwear helps.
- Get out of the house during the day. Don’t just sit in the cold. It was warmer outside in the sun.
- Open the windows if it is warmer outside.
- A hot water bottle would have been nice when climbing into bed at night.
- Stay active.
- The kitchen stays warmer when you are cooking.
- Flannel sheets
Now this was not a real emergency. It didn’t cause us any problems; we still had hot water and lights. When I lived in Michigan in the fifties in an old house, it was often colder than this in my bedroom. Over the years we forget what it was like, it is good to experience a bit of a problem every now and then.