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Monday, October 18, 2010

Tami's Tips: I'm not just a bunch of hot air.

So with the chill of fall in the air, it is time to turn on the furnace. For the past week I have been awakened each morning, ROASTING! You know me, I'm always cold, so this has been quite the surprise. I checked the thermostat, and the heat was only set to 69 degrees. Puzzled I asked my friend K, who is staying with us for a few weeks, if it was hot downstairs in the mornings. "NO!" Was her response.

Last night I got to the bottom of the problem, and here is my little public service announcement:

Make sure you open your downstairs vents, and close some of the upstairs vents!

Since heat rises, we close the vents downstairs in the summer to keep the air conditioning blowing mostly upstairs. Now that the air is cooler, and we are blowing hot air out again it was time to reverse the system.

Poor K was downstairs freezing, because all of the warm air was going upstairs. The thermostat is downstairs, so it was cold and thought we needed more heat. This explains why we were so toasty upstairs.

I'm happy to report switching up the vents has solved this riddle. All is well with the world. ;)


  1. Now thats one way to send your guest packin'...freeze 'em out!!

  2. No way, I so enjoy having people here!

  3. She's stay for a couple of weeks? How cool is that? Or rather, how cold...I crack myself up!

    Turns our the problem with our furnace was that we'd turned the fan on to run constantly during the summer to pull the cool air up from the basement to the 2nd floor. When it cooled down, we turned off the fan, but at the furnace, not the thermostat. As a result, the heater couldn't run. Figured that one out and all was well.

  4. aw man, I was hoping you were pregnant! That's usually my tell tale sign

  5. Lorri,
    K is actually here for about 3 1/2 weeks. Yes, it is very cool. She's is an easy guest. She is out here working, so she isn't around a lot. Nice to have a girl to chat with at the end of the day.
    You crack me up too!
    Sorry to disappoint. I know baby news is always so exciting, and all I got is the heat vents.

  6. Our house hasn't worked that way yet. I guess it is a mystery we still have to explore.