The temperature took a serious dive the beginning of this week which started John and I on our traditional fall discussion - turning on the heater. John is on the conservative side. He believes that unless the snot dripping out of our kids' noses is turning into icicles, the house is warm enough. I, on the other hand, believe that keeping the house colder than 70 degrees is torture far worse than anything they can come up with in Guantanemo Bay. Of course, I was born and raised in the desert so anything under 80 degrees is cold and anything below 60 is frigid.
The crux of the problem is that John doesn't understand that keeping the house at 68 degrees in the summer is different than keeping the house at 68 degrees in the winter. Why is that you may ask?
1) Insulation in these older houses is sub par.
2) When you walk inside the house dripping sweat a cool house is relaxing; when you come into the house after being so cold that you feel like your joints have frozen solid, 68 degrees is barely warm enough to melt the icicles in your hair.
Of course the debate isn't usually about keeping the house at 68 degrees, it is about when to turn the heat on for the first time. When we wake up in the morning and the house is below 60 degrees, I believe heat is a must. John takes a little more convincing. I can't figure out if this is because he is so financially conservative or if he is so used to the cold that it doesn't affect him the way it does the rest of humanity.
Does anyone have a similiar issue?