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Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 09:08 PM
my brand new 4.5 ton heat pump hasn't shut off for hours and it's set at 60 degrees (14 degrees at the moment)

StevenBauer
01-15-2009, 09:29 PM
Minus or plus?

Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 09:30 PM
Minus or plus?

plus...though minus happens every year...generally in February

Vince Brennan
01-15-2009, 09:32 PM
We're gonna hit 8 tonite and 6 tomorrow nite.... for Philly, that's positively Arctic! Hell, it's BEYOND (Below?) Arctic. I can't remember the last time it got that low.

botebum
01-15-2009, 09:33 PM
Supposed to go to the teens here tonight. That's way too cold for here.

Doug

Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 09:37 PM
well it worries me because I've kept a hot fire on both fireplaces all day and though those rooms are warm the rest of the house is cold...set at 60 and not able to keep up...makes me wonder if something went wrong...this is the first real test since installation

Canoez
01-15-2009, 09:41 PM
Phillip - heat pumps don't really excel when it's below freezing. You say it's new - is everything correctly installed? (i.e. has it worked well at slightly warmer temperatures?)

StevenBauer
01-15-2009, 09:41 PM
How well is the house insulated?
Do you have good (thermopane) windows?

Steven

Mrleft8
01-15-2009, 09:43 PM
It'll happen. Yer zones are probably set up more for AC than heat I bet....
And yer fireplaces (unless they were built by a knowledgable mason ;) ) are prolly sucking more warm air out than reflecting it in.

Mrleft8
01-15-2009, 09:44 PM
....AND When it gets this cold, it just plain old gets hard to keep the whole house warm, unless you're a gazzillionaire.

rbgarr
01-15-2009, 09:46 PM
IIRC a few years ago here the temps went to about five below (F) and stayed that way for about a week and a half, the wind shrieking the whole time. The ground froze to a depth of about five feet, causing all sorts of water main breaks and sewer tank problems. Fingers are crossed it doesn't recur.

Vince Brennan
01-15-2009, 09:47 PM
Tend your dampers closely and hope for the best. I agree with Lefty: most heat pumps Ive seen are set more for AC than heating, and when the temp gets below freezing or above 90, their efficiency really takes a big hit.

(Open to substantive correction as I'm not an HVAC expert, just working from observed phenomena.)

Glen Longino
01-15-2009, 09:48 PM
Around 20 here tonight.
60 degrees colder than I like!
Gotta keep 3 woodstoves stoked through the night or my wife will howl like a coyote!
She only does that when she's too cold.....and one other time.:)

rbgarr
01-15-2009, 09:51 PM
The only time I heard a coyote howl was when Ann Coulter appeared on some talk show. What a racket!

The animals in the distance sounded nice though.

Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 10:12 PM
Phillip - heat pumps don't really excel when it's below freezing. You say it's new - is everything correctly installed? (i.e. has it worked well at slightly warmer temperatures?)

at mid 30's and above it works fine

Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 10:13 PM
How well is the house insulated?
Do you have good (thermopane) windows?

Steven

new R-39 most places ...double clazed (new) windows throughout

Phillip Allen
01-15-2009, 10:15 PM
Around 20 here tonight.
60 degrees colder than I like!
Gotta keep 3 woodstoves stoked through the night or my wife will howl like a coyote!
She only does that when she's too cold.....and one other time.:)

only once...too bad

Captain Blight
01-15-2009, 10:15 PM
They're talking about 20 to 25 below tonight, with wind chills (in the gusts) approaching 50 below. Guddayumn. Beautiful night, though, very low humidity so the stars seem huge and close.

Glen Longino
01-15-2009, 10:17 PM
I just stepped outside my front door, where the remote digital temp sensor reads 8.6 degrees. Everyone is aware of the effect of wind chill, but the effect was really obvious tonite: there wasn't the slightest breeze, and it didn't feel all that cold.

Also, just standing a few feet from the temp sensor, the radiant heat of my body made the indicated temp rise 0.3 degrees!

"temp rise 0.3 degrees!"
You're a hottie, Norm! ;)

Mrleft8
01-15-2009, 10:19 PM
I just went outside to....ummmmmmmmm........ Water the plants.... It wasn't too bad with just a long sleeve T-shirt and jeans on..... But then I unzipped..... I'm not positive, but I think the stream was frozen before it hit the ground....

J. Dillon
01-15-2009, 10:22 PM
Lefty , ya ought think about an out house. ;)It's a bit warmer in one.:D:D

JD

Mrleft8
01-15-2009, 10:29 PM
I have one Jack.... But that requires putting on boots.... And fighting the mice...

SMARTINSEN
01-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Supposed to be -40 in Fort Kent tonight. What is that in degrees C?

-37 in Ely, MN
-17 in Defiance OH.

Supposed to be a relatively balmy -8 here tomorrow morning, perhaps colder on Saturday morning.

Phil Heffernan
01-15-2009, 10:40 PM
I'm off to the Adirondacks, to officially freeze my butt off, snowshoeing up mountains...I'm going to test the theory that there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes...I'm layered up the wazoo..

PH

SMARTINSEN
01-15-2009, 10:50 PM
Mt Marcy: -27 tomorrow morning.

J. Dillon
01-15-2009, 10:53 PM
only bad clothes...I'm layered up the wazoo..

PH

Yea but can you move ??;):D

JD

Rich VanValkenburg
01-15-2009, 10:59 PM
-8 here this morning and lower for tomorrow, 30 miles west of Port Huron.

Bruce Taylor
01-15-2009, 11:03 PM
Supposed to be -40 in Fort Kent tonight. What is that in degrees C?


-40, as it happens. :D

pila
01-15-2009, 11:12 PM
4 degrees below 0 here now. May get a heat wave tomorrow, up to 15 or so.

htom
01-16-2009, 12:01 AM
-12 F right now, going down to ~-20 F again. Then we're supposed to gradually warm, and maybe have a high of 32 F on Monday.

huisjen
01-16-2009, 07:59 AM
-23F Here this morning, which is the coldest I've seen it in seven years here. The kitchen sink cold water line froze, but thawed with no damage, and now I have the IR camera I know where the problem is, so that should be the last time it happens.

As they used to say at the bus stop in high school, "A bit nipple."

Dan

Phillip Allen
01-16-2009, 08:17 AM
-23F Here this morning, which is the coldest I've seen it in seven years here. The kitchen sink cold water line froze, but thawed with no damage, and now I have the IR camera I know where the problem is, so that should be the last time it happens.

As they used to say at the bus stop in high school, "A bit nipple."

Dan


Oh, oh bring that camera down here please...

elf
01-16-2009, 08:28 AM
3 here on Cape Cod right now. Sunny, clear, cloudless and jackfrost on my windows.

Hollingsworth
01-16-2009, 09:16 AM
Chicago this morning: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3363/3201636754_2133e1be2c.jpg?v=0

Canoez
01-16-2009, 09:21 AM
-15F (-26C) here this morning. Brrrr....

cs
01-16-2009, 10:06 AM
We were at 8 this morning when I woke up.

Chad

Peter Malcolm Jardine
01-16-2009, 10:10 AM
Minus 12 F here this morning. It's winter.

Dan McCosh
01-16-2009, 12:20 PM
3.3 degrees F here this AM. Compared to Chicago, I suppose I should be grateful.


Radio was calling it minus 10 F. here this a.m.

ishmael
01-16-2009, 12:30 PM
The coldest I've seen, ever, was 27 below, Fahrenheit. That's getting chilly enough for me.

cs
01-16-2009, 12:33 PM
I've seen the ambient temperature at 40 below zero F and I've seen wind chills as much as a 100 below. That is why I don't like North Dakota.

Chad

24hacker
01-17-2009, 11:59 AM
Got up yesterday and it was -17

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
01-17-2009, 01:35 PM
Minus 10F yesterday and 10F above today.
No big deal on the North Coast.
Could be worse if we had wind.
It's snowing now, 4 to 9 inches more by tomorrow morning depending how close ya are to Lake Erie.

SMARTINSEN
01-17-2009, 04:06 PM
We had -13F this morning just before sunrise.

Supposed to warm up, at least here in New England over the next few days.

A bit of snow for tonight, but no big storms on the horizon.

The coldest that I can remember was Christmas of 1977 (I think, but within a year, it may have been '78).

It was about -25F on Christmas morning.

ProaRotorhead
01-17-2009, 04:17 PM
60F in Pearl City last night!!! DAMMMMMMN! Had to use the sheet AND the comforter! Now that's what I call a real weenie-shrinker.
-RH

Vince Brennan
01-17-2009, 04:23 PM
Yah... positively balmy at 6 this AM in Philly.... took my gloves off to put a check in the ATM and couldn't move my fingers after a couple minutes. Finally gave up.

Tinman
01-17-2009, 04:32 PM
We just finished 3 days straight of -40 weather. It is supposed to gradually warm through the weekend, but all the waterlines froze and the horses have been burning through hay like crazy. I t was so cold in the house yesterday that the pot of boiling water on the stove froze. I have had my fill of winter already and it's only mid Jan.