We’re now a week past the date when we “fired down” last winter. I can’t quite put my finger on why we haven’t done so this year yet, except to say that we had quite a cold snap a couple weeks ago, and since then it’s been mostly rainy, drizzly, and/or cloudy. Sometimes, cold and dank feels even chillier than frigid and dry.
It is peculiar, though, that we seem, in March, less accepting of the same indoor temperatures that we tolerated in January. You’d think (I’d think, anyway) that it would be the opposite. I have three possible theories for why we need it even warmer indoors in March than in January:
1) Just sick and tired of being in a cold house. Perhaps there’s just a time limit. Perhaps we really never adapt, we just get grouchier and grouchier and finally summer comes and saves us?
2) Something about maintaining an ongoing indoor:outdoor differential to give an “impression of warmth”. I.e, 50º inside may be fine when it’s 10º outside, because, wow, that’s a lot warmer. But when it’s 50º outside, then 50º inside is… well, just like living outside, which may be unappealing.
3) It might be somewhat unintentional. We get used to stoking the fire to a certain degree, a certain number of sticks to achieve Xº of warming, etc. Suddenly, we’re overshooting a bit.
Might be any of these. Anyway, the difference is very subtle (see graphs in next post.) Once the sun comes out for a few days in a row I think we may be done with heat until next year.