Start of the 2016 heating season

Its bragging time!

This is always fun. Not just the bragging, but also being the last of our Chicago friends to turn the heat on. It’s fun because our deep energy retrofit efforts, including the insulation and air sealing, begin to pay off in measurable ways.

When did we turn the heat on? Well, I don’t really know. The heat was still off on November 17th when we left town for the holidays. But at that point I had to power up the thermostat, just in case it got too cold while we are gone. So the heat may have come on that day, but probably not until the cold set in around November 20th. For all intents and purposes, this year we turned the heat on November 17th.

I am always curious to know when other Chicagoans turn the heat on, so I asked around. Keep in mind that we had an extraordinarily warm and pleasant fall. It took for the night temperatures to drop into the lower 40s in early and late October before the rush to the thermostat set in. In short, some people turned on the heat during the first October cold spell, and others during the second.



Heat was probably only needed for a few nights, as we were blessed with a lot of warm spells. These continued into November, although the overnight temperature did settle in the 40s and even dropped into the 30s, which got the boilers or furnaces firing away for good.

Why were we still comfortable with the heat off on November 17th? Yes, yes – insulation and air sealing, blah, blah, blah! I don’t need to beat this dead horse again – not for now. But there are also some nerdy elements that shall be explored in the next blog post.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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