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An interesting take on heat


A reader comment about outside temperatures got me to thinking about why we recently made the move from the second floor to the first floor and I thought it was worth the effort to share something I haven’t really talked about.

Our almost 7 years of RV’ing e undertook a twofold goal.  I wanted Peg to have a chance to see the country as I had done over the years with my business travel, and to be able to do it at a relaxed pace.  Also we thought we’d look about and see whether there was a climate that we liked better than Wisconsin’s so-called “temperate” climate.  We did the seeing of the country and as for the finding a better climate, we ended up back where we started.

It would be fine simply to stop there. But that’s not the entire reason.

You see, one of the lessons we learned while traveling is that we both have very specific comfort zones.  Our experiment with South Texas at the end of our travels in particular made it very clear that even though neither of us loves cold weather, we can both tolerate it better than we can tolerate heat.

We have been testing that discovery even since moving back to Milwaukee.  The apartment we found — the one on the second floor from which we just moved — was a lovely apartment.  In fact it was a nicer apartment (in terms of finish and accoutrements) than the one we just moved into.  What it also was, was too hot.  It’s a wonderfully well insulated place.  Our furnace didn’t run much of the time during the winter.  We picked up a lot of heat from the apartment below us.  It was nice as a moderating factor on our utility bill, but it was also a pain because there were a lot of times we couldn’t cool the apartment off as much as we might like.  And during the summer it was just as bad.  We couldn’t cool it off very easily.

We can already tell that the first floor version of the same floor plan is going to be more to our liking.  I know our utility bill will be a bit higher but if you aren’t comfortable because it’s too warm, then a slightly higher utility bill is the least of your worries.  thermostat.jpg So for us, half the reason we moved from one floor to the other was about the stairs (which I have talked about already).  The other half was simply because the place was too hot.  Hotter isn’t always better.  And sometimes it takes a while for you to figure that out.

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4 thoughts on “An interesting take on heat

  1. Cold I can take, hot is another story. If I had my way the thermostat would never read above 68 degrees! Sadly for me Tom is a 70 degree man, he hates cold. Sigh, so I strip down and sleep with exposed bare feet and minimal cover. Happy holidays and biggest of hugs. 🙂

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    • I could caution you on whether or not AGE might make you a warmer person than you have heretofore been. I used to be able to feel warm at cooler temps than now… I’m still not a hot person, but my comfort level has gone up a degree or two.

      Then again, you used to find me outside in the 40’s with shorts on. I don’t do THAT anymore either. sigh.

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  2. Liz says:

    I so understand what you are talking about! My thought has always been that I can put on more layers if I happen to be cold, but taking off layers isn’t a good idea for someone my age. Our thermostat is set at 66 degrees (we do get quite a bit of solar gain in winter) 60 degrees in winter at night and 72 degrees in the summer. I hate being too warm! Sweaters are offered to guests in winter. Have wonderful Danish goose down duvets that make sleeping so comfy in winter.
    Your shorts on at 40 degrees sounds like our neighbor. We know it is cold out when he has on trousers.

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    • this is another of those areas that change over time. there was a time (not for very long) that I could really get into laying on a beach and getting a tan. although i admit that there had to be stuff going on for me to LOOK at, just laying in one place doing nothing has never been high on my list.

      but in recent years heat seems overbearing. i can breathe and all but i just don’t feel comfortable in it. maybe i’m carrying more insulation than then, but i’m sure it’s not all about weight. peggy is in much the same boat. yet other seniors seem to continue lapping up the hot days like nothing. go figure. all i know is i’m happy the way things are now.

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