As we prepared to leave home for two weeks, I agonized over whether to turn the heat on. It had been so summery all October, but now the forecast was for fall. As I saw it, I had to decide between two alternatives, each with its own risk:
- Turn the heat on. But we have not used the furnace for months; something goes wrong, house burns down.
- Leave the heat off. Pipes freeze.
After much thought, I decided that since our pipes have never frozen, the safe choice was to leave the heat off. We returned to a forty-four degree house! We turned the heat on at once, and after a while the temperature began to creep up about one degree per hour.
When I was deciding whether to leave the heat off, why didn't I think about returning to a cold house? Brrrrr.