pump is doing its job nicely.
~ Tom Allen
I’m all for forming character, but I have to say that our recent cold bout of winter weather has not brought out my best. Not that it’s super cold here in the Northwest, and not that I don’t have a roof over my head. It’s just that it’s been so bloody cold inside my house that my space and wall heaters couldn’t keep up.
Spending the day in a 58 degree house is not conducive to productivity. All I’ve wanted to do has been to sit on my couch near the space heater, curl up in a blanket and drink hot tea. Nice and cozy and all, but not good when you have to do it all day long just to stay thawed out.
My house was built in the 1950s. I’m not sure what the building codes were back then, but it doesn’t feel like there is much insulation in the walls, floor or ceiling at all. A few years ago a fast-talking salesperson pushed me into buying triple-paned windows for the front side of the house, but with the cold air seeping in all around the windows, I don’t know that they really had much effect on the temperature in the home. It’s like going out on a cold winter day wearing mittens and a bikini and thinking that the mittens will keep you warm.
The good news: I got a heat pump installed on Friday! It’s miraculous! I set the thermostat to 70 degrees, and the house has heated up to – you guessed it – 70 degrees! I can move about the house without feeling I must calculate the effect on the wind chill factor. I can bend my fingers enough to type. I can stop hugging my laptop to absorb what little heat it puts out. I can stop strapping the cat to my lap to force him to share body heat.
I think I’m in love. If Keats can write an ode to a Grecian urn, I don’t see why I can’t write one to a heat pump. I’ll work on that. In the meantime, I’ve put the mittens away (don’t worry, I wasn’t really wearing a bikini) and I have retired the space heater that almost quadrupled my heating bill over the last three months.
I’m ready to enjoy the beauty of the frosty mornings, looking out from the comfort of my toasty home. Winter weather? Bring it on!