A combination of factors came together this week, leading me to use no heat whatsoever for a span of 4 days– an unusual mid-January state even in this house. The factors were:
- Above-average temps (highs 35-40F, lows 20-25)
- Above-average sunshine
- Above-average laziness on starting a fire
- Above-average use of bike trainer (warms you up fast, even in a cold house!)
Ran into a couple of problems, after having the house this cool for this long. For one, the liquid dish soap solidified and became impossible to get out of the bottle. It is an all-natural product… mainstream dish soap brands probably have chemical emulsifliquifactifying agents that prevent this. Maybe I have to store it on top of the water heater or something.
Second, the contents of the freezer (above the fridge) started to thaw. This is ironic, the idea that your house can be too cold for your freezer to work, but in our cheapo fridge I’m pretty sure the freezer only turns on when/if the fridge turns on– it has no separate temperature controller. So if the house is cold, the fridge barely runs, and after a few days, the freezer starts to nudge above freezing. Obviously this isn’t good. I turned the fridge down a little (it was set rather on the warm side) and that seems to have cured the problem.
Overall average temperature so far this winter now stands at 52.5 F…