6/15/2009

Who'da thunk?

Let me make it clear from the beginning:

I DO NOT LIKE TO BE COLD

That's all there is to it. I see no reason to be uncomfortable if you can do something about it, especially if it's because you're chilly.

So, it's one of those cosmic conundrums that I would end up in a country where, up until the last 2 decades or so, insulation was a non-issue in housing construction. If you let your mind wander a bit, you can imagine what comes with that problem--dampness, mold spores, windows covered with water drops. It's not pretty. And it's definitely not warm. As a matter of fact, I can only think of two times in the last three years when I didn't have to turn the bedroom heater on to take the chill off before going to bed -- yes, that's year-round, not just in winter, but I digress...

There has been a push for heat pumps to heat your home lately. And they are definitely a step in the right direction, I suppose, but they are pretty expensive--a few thousand dollars here in the world of New Zealand. I can't see our landlord shelling out that kind of money, so we decided to take a baby step to make a difference in the temperature of the house.

We bought a dehumidifier. And, I am thrilled beyond words. In fact, I'd do a happy dance if I weren't so old dignified. We plugged that puppy in about 5 days ago and I bet we have emptied 3 gallons of water from it so far. It has made a difference beyond my expectations.

I'm sure this tidbit of information isn't earth-shattering to you, but, believe me, my family is very pleased about it because 'when Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy'!

7 comments:

Mildred said...

That's great! I hate to be cold too. Glad you have noticed an improvement.

Marja said...

Don't tell me about it. In Holland we had nice central heating.
I think I developed Ahstma because of the damp house. The last 10 years my husband did a great deal of trying to improve our house Insulating the walls roof floor etc. Now we don't need the dehumidifier anymore.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Betty,
When I moved here 16 years ago I was shocked. The first place we rented you could literally see the walls move with the wind! I developed asthma and quickly learned the benefits of the dehumidifier. In the last few years and a few houses later we have renovated our place to include a wood stove, and gotten away from the damp gas heat. A noticeable difference, and as Marja write insulation in the walls, roof, and underfloor makes a huge difference. I think our overpaid power companies here actually like to have people with substandard homes to generate more profit while driving people to our already over burdened health care system. Glad you are feeling warmer though.
Cheers,
Robb

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Betty, You have visited my blog a couple of times before. You must have forgotten. Anyhow--glad that you came back!!!! (I remember you telling me about your wedding.)

I wouldn't like to be cold either. Hope your dehumidifier helps.

Thanks again for stopping by.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tammie Lee said...

ok, you have me chuckling.
Still I understand, it is the moisture that makes us oh so cold and mold is not good for Anybody!
Congrats.

Lorac said...

A dehumidifier can make a world of difference! Glad it is helping. My son lives in the basement and it gets damp and therefore cool there. He uses a dehumidifier and can you ever feel the difference!

Lorac said...

Thanks for answering my question Betty. I am going to try to do both! I have another question. I took off my word verification. Have you had a my trouble comments in the past?