Sunday, February 12, 2017

Winterizing Your Home

   In the Philippines, I saw winter only in the movies or television.  I thought the freezing point temperature was below zero.  That was what I heard in films.  

   In Kentucky, I learned that freezing point is 32ᵒF.  That’s way above zero.  There we usually got below 32ᵒF all the way to what weather forecasters called “teens”, 19ᵒF to 13ᵒF during spring and fall.  In winter, it actually went down to what weather forecast called “single digits”, 9ᵒF to way below zero which had a negative sign after zero, -1ᵒF to -9ᵒF.  Homes, whether big or small have centralized heating.  Portable heaters can supplement but would not be sufficient to use on its own.  Thus, the heating cost, supplied by gas takes a big chunk of the monthly budget.

   Winterizing my windows was something I learned to save on heating.  Whether the window is new or old, cold air seep through the cracks.  There are winterizing kits available in home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot.  The kit contains a sturdy transparent plastic and a roll of very thin double sided tape.  The plastic covers the entire window and taped without a gap to prevent leakage of warm air and seepage of cold.  

   Since I moved to San Francisco, I’ve been living in the same place for three years.  This winter is almost over but the snow storms up in the northeast are felt all the way here.  I have been waking up in the middle of the night to turn on my portable heater for a few minutes.  I ordered a winterizing kit on line and installed it on my bedroom window yesterday.  Last night I slept through the storm raging outside my window. 

   It’s almost spring but San Francisco summer days come down to 40ᵒF, courtesy of the Pacific Ocean coast.  Pacific Ocean extends from Antarctica passing San Francisco to Australia.  Antarctica is the coldest place on earth.  The lowest temperature recorded in Antarctica is -89ᵒC.  The wind blowing on the surface of the sea water that came from Antarctica deprives San Francisco of summer as we know it. 

    I am anticipating a considerable saving on electricity which powers my portable heater.  Our landlord pays for heating our small place called “in-law apartment” common in San Francisco but  that’s no excuse to allow energy wastage.  Every little thing counts in conserving this planet Jehovah God so lovingly created for our benefit. (Gen. 1:29-31)  

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