Thursday, February 1, 2018
Jimmy of Jimmy’s Opinion @ http://jimsop.blogspot.com/ recently left a comment that jogged my mind to this post.
My mom had a home on a creek on the Eastern Shore Md. The Eastern Shore Md. may be one of the nicest places on earth in the Spring and the Fall. It is pretty nice in summer as well, what with fishing, crabbing and boating, but it can get hot with a capital HOT!
They say it is not the heat, it is the humidity. On the Eastern Shore Md. It is both and it can be oppressive, especially at night. My family often visited Mom in August, a month where the kids had no school and there was a lag in summer activities. We loved it. The crabbing was at its peak, the perch were biting and the house was air conditioned for comfort.
Except at night.
The HVAC system in mom’s house was high tech for when it was built in the fifties. The vents to the second floor would shut down at a set temperature and open up when it needed heat or cooling. This was great in conception, not so good in operation.
In the summer we were cautioned to keep the windows closed to not waste power as the air conditioner was on. Now mom, as an elderly citizen, tended to like it warmer than us younger folks. She would set the temp at night to 72…a little warm, but not bad when it was 90 outside.
When the downstairs reached 72, upstairs would still be about 80 with the vents wide open but no air a coming. Eventually someone from upstairs would venture down stairs and turn the thermostat down to about 65. This would make upstairs bearably, but mom started to shiver.
In short order this would summon mom who was freezing to turn it up to 74.
The battle would go on all night with neither participant making their groggy adjustments aware that there was a battle at all.
It took a while, but eventually we figured the problem out. The solution was to open all the windows upstairs to at least get some circulation and not die of oxygen deprivation along with heat exhaustion. In the morning we would quick close the windows so as to appease the ever-frugal mom.
It was still too hot, but a little sweating at night was worth it for the crabbing, fishing and the boating all day.