Thursday, October 14, 2010
My Thermostat is on Crack
But yesterday it was cold in our house at the kids' bedtime, so I decided to turn on the heat. Now our downstairs vents are still closed (because we've been mostly on a/c, and if the vents are open then I would have to wear a parka). I thought nothing of it, because the thermostat was set to turn itself off after reaching a certain temperature. Pete and I watched a show, exercised, etc. When I came upstairs, though, I felt like I was stepping into a sauna. The temperature? 83 degrees!
WHY did the thermostat not kick off? Dude. It's done this every once in a while (like three times ever), but I've caught it before it gets too high. So then I flipped it to a/c. And...it did nothing. So then I forced it to blow cold air. We also opened a few windows to try to cool it down even just a little bit. We slept with the windows open, which means that this morning-you guessed it-it was freezing cold in our house again.
But I didn't dare touch my thermostat, because I didn't want it to do the weird stay-on-even-though-I'm-supposed-to-turn-off thing. Also? I don't know where it senses what temperature it says that it's at. There are times when I am boiling, and it says it's 66 degrees, and times when I'm shivering under a blanket when just the air in the house should keep me warm enough on its own. What's up with that?
My only conclusion: crack.