Oh, that works much better.

The forecast (the same one that promised no snow yesterday, as the snowstorm began to taper off) says our cold snap should be ending today. Just in time for that new thermostat to fix my one complaint about the bedroom’s space heater.


The thermostat will now not only maintain a temperature – the old one would do that – but you can even select which temperature to maintain! I love technology.

And now winter will end. 🙂 Hey, timing never was my strong suit.

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7 Responses to Oh, that works much better.

  1. Randomscrub says:

    I might have an extra one of those laying around – I recently replaced it with a more-programmable one. You want the spare?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I expect that, during the day during heating season, you prefer to do most of your heating with the wood stove. I expect that you want the space heater to do its thing during the evening and up through when you fire up the stove in the morning. THAT is what a programmable thermostat will do well for you. Set it to raise the temp to your preferred level a while before you go to bed, and set it to let the temp drop down to around 40 degrees during the day, to keep pipes from freezing in case your wood stove has a problem. Programmables generally let you override your settings temporarily if something unusual comes up.

    Of course, with only a few cold days left this winter, it probably doesn’t make sense to get a programmable now. But with their prices what they are – for the simpler ones, anyway – that would be a good investment for next winter/cold season.

  3. Mike says:

    Very nice Joel.

  4. Joel says:

    You want the spare?

    No, I’ve got a spare. Thanks anyway, though.

  5. Ben says:

    “THAT is what a programmable thermostat will do well for you.” Yes, but Joel will always have information that can’t be programmed into any thermostat, including the weather forecast, the condition of his fuel budget, how he is feeling at that moment, and what is happening in the Lair at that moment. Any of these things (and more) might influence how he chooses to use his little LP furnace.

    Come to think of it, I believe that I’ve just described why I’ve never seen fit to install a programmable thermostat in my own home.

  6. Anonymous says:

    But one can run a programmable thermostat like a non-programmable one, if one wants to. However, one cannot run a non-programmable like a programmable.

  7. Judy says:

    Here’s my take on thermostats – KISS – I walk over, I push the buttons to run it up or run it down, depending on what mood I’m in. Don’t need to be a computer programmer or an electrical engineer to operate it. They are also cheap to replace when they decide to quit working.

To the stake with the heretic!