I recently spent three weeks down south.
It was a glorious break from the winter weather that I am used to.
When I first arrived at my mom’s house, the temperatures were in the 60’s during the day and upper 40’s at night. That next week we enjoyed days of sunshine and mid-sixties. Her spring flowers were already in bloom and there were new leaves forming on the trees. I went down to help her out due to some medical issues and once she was fully recovered, I needed to come back home. Three days before I was set to return, my home town was hit with a huge snowstorm. This wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities although it is never welcomed at the end of February. My biggest regret during my return trip was that I hadn’t taken my HVAC dealer’s advice earlier in the year. He had made a recommendation to have a programmable Smart Thermostat installed. It was a little pricey so I opted not to listen. Now, I would be returning to a very cold house with no way to adjust it ahead of time. I don’t have any pets and live by myself. I didn’t see a reason to keep the house any warmer than 55 degrees while I was away. My thinking was that I could save on energy during my absence but this now meant that I would have to wait for the house to warm up when I got home. If I had listened, I would have been able to adjust the settings remotely with my cell phone and I would be going home to a nice warm house. I will be calling my HVAC dealer once I am home and having the installation done as soon as possible. I learned my lesson for sure.
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