Wesley Chapel, Florida (low 27, high 63)
The predicted cold front arrived in Florida yesterday. We are a little bit north of Tampa, so it’s a bit colder than in Tampa.
In anticipation of the cold weather, we went to the storage shed yesterday and got the electric blankets. We have one for the bed and the one for the couch (for the kitties). Yeah, I know they have fur coats, but you should see how pitiful they look when it gets cold. Hey…they’re Florida kitties!
We were certainly glad we had the electric blankets last night because sometime around 4am, I heard the living room heat pump making an unusual noise. I got up to investigate and soon it was making a terrible racket and then it shut down. Uh-oh. No fan, no noise, nothing.
We have never been in this motor home when it got that cold and we didn’t know exactly what temperature the heat pump quit. We had seen it work when it was 37 degrees.
We turned off the front heat pump and switched on the bedroom one. It ran fine, but no heat came out. The fan worked fine and it didn’t make any noise. We didn’t leave it on long because we can’t stand either the a/c or the heat cycling on and off right over our heads. It wasn’t warm anyway, so it didn’t matter.
We decided to start up the furnace for a little while and make sure it worked. It was the first time we’ve used it, and it worked fine. The airflow was so powerful that it was extremely noisy. Merikay made a comment yesterday that she and Craig preferred their furnace to the heat pumps because of the noise, but ours was the opposite. It warmed up the house in just minutes though.
We shut it down, cranked up the electric blankets another notch, covered up the kitties and snuggled back in bed.
We have a thermometer with an outside sensor. Here is what it read somewhere after 5am.
Mr. Baxter is the furriest cat I’ve even seen, and he never gets chilly….until last night.
Here he is laying on top of our bed on the electric blanket. He still looked cold, so I covered him up….and there he stayed.
We decided to stay under the covers until the outside temp got up to 35 degrees.
Once we got up, we opened the shades to let some of that wonderful Florida sunshine warm us up. We should have one more cold night and then it’s going to warm back up. Thank goodness. I had forgotten, but I HATE cold weather.
We decided to turn on the front heat pump and see what happened. It ran fine, put out plenty of heat and was quiet. I guess the loud racket it made last night was it struggling to keep working in the very cold weather? It worries me though because the bedroom one didn’t make that noise when we turned it on for a few minutes when the temperature was very low.
Yesterday we started our Christmas shopping. Yeah, yeah I know….we’re late! Guess what we’re doing today?