I broke a self-imposed rule. I turned on the heat yesterday....2 weeks before my November 1 standard.
We had a showing (which went really well!) yesterday morning, and it was 56 degrees in the house. The new cold front that has moved in is dropping the temps into the 20s and 30s overnight, and the daytime high is barely in the 50s. The house was chilly, and it wasn't going to warm up by much before the showing.
So I turned on the heat. There is always a moment of "oh please work" when you turn the heat on for the first time in a season. Since our furnace also produces our hot water, I knew it was working. But kicking it into high gear to warm the radiators is another thing. Even the oil company prints right on the monthly statement "please test your heat before winter hits!". When a system has been dormant for 6 months, there is always a chance it is going to rebel.
But it didn't. And within the hour, the temperature in the house was rising. It actually felt HOT in there to me, and I had it on 68.
After the showing came the flip side of my decision....do I shut it back off? I looked at the forecast, and a low of 28 was in store for us over night, and a few days of 50s, but back into the low 60s later in the week. So I compromised....I left it on, but turned it down to 63. This seems to be able to keep the chill off the house (because I have to admit....a few mornings of waking up to the house in the 50s was mighty cool!). If the natural temperature of the house warms above 63, the heat won't kick in.
I installed the storm windows on Saturday, so that helps with draft, By opening the blinds on the south side of the house (typically I just open the slats, not the full blind), the sun helps warm the house some.
I may change my mind and turn the heat off later in the week. We will see how the week goes.
Anyone else kick their heat on yet?