Monday, October 27, 2014

Red and White

Naugatuck, Connecticut

On the home front, the plumbers demolished and removed the old steam boiler and fittings on Friday. It's about 56° F inside the house this morning, so we sure hope they arrive with the new equipment. We're getting a lesson in basic physics as the weeks with no heat go on. Every night without heat, everything in the house, all the materials including the hundreds-of-tons of granite in the central chimney, all get a little bit colder. Every day, even when the sun is out to take advantage of the great solar gain of many southwest-facing windows, it gets back a little bit less of the lost heat and the place is a little colder. Worse after a day of rain and no sun. Entropy, Man.

1 comment:

James Weekes said...

We have the opposite problem here in Florida. The term that I have heard is heat soak. If the a/c is disabled for over a day, the heat creeps ever more inward and takes longer to banish.

It's opposite, which you are experiencing is, obviously, cold soak. When we lived in Vermont 22 years ago, we had a godawful cold spell, with temperatures never getting above -10f and often touching -30f at night. This went on for two weeks and, even with the furnace running almost non-stop and a fireplace and wood stove going all day, the cold crept in from the walls until we were all walking in the center of rooms. I'm glad you are doing this changeover in Oct./Nov. and not January.

This too shall pass.