December 15, 2013
This is the time of year I’m most grateful that we live where we live and not on the east coast where blizzards blanket everything in sight although we have had issues in central California with freezing temperatures and icicles clinging devastatingly to damaged citrus. One grower commented that the fruit can withstand the frosty temperature although it is normally not this cold this early. Forty-six degrees during my morning commute is BRRRRRR, COLD for us.
The week before the Mixology Party my new fabulously cozy radiant floors weren’t emanating their usual comfyness but I thought that Lewis was messing with the thermostat. I had hoped that the new system would eliminate the turn it up turn it down turn it up turn it down battle and it has to some extent but my house is not as welcomingly warm as I had hoped when Lewis is home.
By Saturday reluctant acknowledgement that the radiant heat was indeed, not heating resulted in an emergency call to the furnace guy who was unfortunately tied up. He did, however, volunteer to come Sunday but since the party was over by then we agreed on Monday when he reported back that someone had unplugged the unit attached to the water heater in the garage.
Mortified that he had come out for something so ridiculous but relieved that he hadn’t made a weekend visit I called Lewis and asked if he had any idea who could have done such a thing. “Well, I think that it might have been me. I unplugged something, wasn’t sure what the cord attached to and forgot to plug it back in.”
What!! I’m finally responsible for something I did do. All I can say is oops shit happens. I thought Janelle had overworked the heater system even though the temperature was only as low as the 60’s before last week but I did forget to replug the heater system when I needed an outlet the other day. Soooo sorry.
December 2, 2012
Weather has been, to say the least, “unusual” this year. Hurricane Sandy erupted into the “perfect storm” devastating the east coast. Here on the west coast November began with 85 degree days and 50 degree nights dropping to a high of 50 within a couple days. We decided to splurge on radiant heat downstairs but things have been progressing slowly due to major electrical corrections of the overzealous do-it-yourselfer previous owner. Temperatures plummeted and the contractor was able to install the new upstairs forced air heater just in time for the weekend.
We hadn’t planned to change any heating during this project but our ducts were old and dilapidated and we discovered that our furnace had been recalled about twenty years ago. The home inspector we used when we purchased the house obviously didn’t do a very good job inspecting; I wonder what else he missed.
Now on to the outside patio heaters….
I think we have made all the last minute changes and will now be able to move forward. It is amazing how expensive it can be to keep Janelle warm and cozy. Now if I can get Janelle to stop watching the home decorating shows for new Ideas and pick the faucets we will be good to go.
What is your thermometer setting?
Our ceiling is full of lights and wires and the radiant heat eliminates ugly heater vents.
October 5, 2012
Does anyone know anything about radiant heated floors? Warm toes on a cool winter morning sound amazingly enticing but does the comfort value outweigh the expense? We have also heard horror stories about busted pipes ruining hard wood floors. Is it worth it? If you have a story to tell, please shout it out!
I am a radiant heater so no need to spend extra money on something that will not really save anything in energy bills in the long run, especially since we are over budget anyway.