Have You Turned On the Heat Yet?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

chilly woman


Have you turned on the heat yet?

Seems like just the other day that I was groaning about the heat and humidity.  In reality it was only two or three weeks ago.

Now we've segued right into geez-I-wish-I-could-turn-on-the-heat-temperatures.  You gotta love New England weather.

Every year I try to hold off until November 1st before turning on the heat. I have to say that makes for some chilly days and nights in October.

I just checked and it's 56 degrees in my kitchen right now. I imagine it will be even chillier by morning. 

Getting out of bed is not so easy on these nippy mornings.  And truth be told it's a bit of a downer to come home to a cold house.

But squeeking out one more cheap gas bill is worth it.  And a nifty bonus is having Champ snuggling in my lap or next to me at night. When the heat comes on I lose him to the radiator.

Three more weeks to go.  Time to dig out another sweater.



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Michael J. Perry
Lancaster Relo Specialist
RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA.

I really wimped out this year and had in on by early OCT. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 19, 2010 02:26 PM
Anonymous #36


Chip and I use the chill as just one more excuse to snuggle. We may never turn it on!

October 19, 2010 02:30 PM
Leslie Prest
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ

I'm in Arizona, but in the mountains at 5,000 ft. Usually by this time we're freezing, or at least frosting. This year we're 70s (80s till last weekend) and 40s at night. Haven't used the heat yet- haven't even disconnected the cooler yet. My tomato plants are still going strong.

October 19, 2010 02:34 PM
Steve Glose
TRC, CIPS, 407-616-7286, Orlando Real Estate, Orlando Medical City
Keller Williams Classic Group

This is the time of year that we see a break on our utilitiy bills. For the past 2 weeks I have been able to keep the A/C off. I welcome the cooler weather here in Florida. Today is 76 degrees, light wind  and sunny.

October 19, 2010 03:00 PM
Lexi & Jordan Ostlund
RE/MAX Professionals

56 degrees would definitely freeze us out!  We have to flip the heat on when the needle dips below about 66.  However we've only had it on once this year which is rare in Wyoming!

October 19, 2010 03:11 PM
Thomas Bloore
American Home Services

Wow! 56 degrees in the house.

Cheat a little and turn on the heat, to 65 degrees before you catch a bad cold.

When ever you all turn on the furnace, be there for an hour with out leaving the house. Watch that everything seems to be operating under it's normal parameters, and you fill heat from the registers. Also see the thermostat is working and sensing the room temp., watch that it has increased. Just a few safety precautions so that you don't leave the newly started furnace running unattended.

October 19, 2010 03:13 PM
Scott Petersen
Client First, Realtors - Canton, MI

I just showed one of my listings.. which is vacant. When I walked in ahead of the appointment I couldn't believe how cold it was in there. Turns out the furnace wsa turned off. My Seller is in Floridia not thinking about the cold weather... Good reminder for all the cold weather agents to check their vacant listings to make sure the furnace is on and working this Fall.

October 19, 2010 03:13 PM
Anonymous #42
Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest, Sugar Land, TX

Just finished a vacation going up the east coast (DC, NY, PA and Maine).  I grew weary of the Houston heat and humidity, but I'm really glad to be back.  Almost froze while visiting Philadelphia.  Sorry, but frost in October isn't for this wimpy Texan.  It's 86 degrees and pleasant here today.  Summers are a bit brutal here, but we have wonderful falls and winters.



October 19, 2010 03:33 PM
Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Winter, does not mean hibernating. We like snow, think about skiing, snowsledding, ice hockey in New England! If your home is insulated, if you don't wear a t shirt in the middle of winter and wonder why you are cold, it can be fun. I can not do the humidity of a Miami Florida. Vacation is okay, but working and drenched in sweat 20 minutes after a shower and off to work, through out the day..no thanks.

October 19, 2010 03:38 PM
Julia Odom
Chattanooga Homes for Sale
Select Realty Professionals

Perfect timing, I broke down and turned mine on for about an hour today. It's been off since 9/27 (it was AC full blast up until then). I got me some thin blood these days after surviving our 100 days of 100 degree weather this summer.

October 19, 2010 05:10 PM
Keith & Evie Sellers
Co-Owners, Serving: Holland, Zeeland, Grand Rapids
Sellers Real Estate PLLC, REALTORĀ® (Keith)

Great blog!  We got the woodstove fired up with a small fire every other morning now.  The house is drafty, the wood floors cold, and the kids have running noses galore if we don't do something to heat it up! 

Plus there's the added benefit of Daddy getting to cook over the flames inside the home!  Cast iron cooking season has come!

And - say good bye to the pesky flies!

October 19, 2010 05:25 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
Cambridge MA Realtor
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

Hi Karen ~ I was relieved that I had another bill in the mail from my no-heat days - so I squeeked another one out.

Hi Kerrie ~ Around here the change from one extreme to the other was so fast it could give you whiplash.

Hi Lisa ~ I get it - though for me it's the cat. I feel bad for him with his paws on the cold floor.

I hear you Nicholas!  Another warm spell would be just the ticket.

Hi Michael ~ Well that makes me feel better! Though truth be told I'm not much stronger - I think it was the 16th or 17th when I caved.

Hi Irene ~ Way to go! Your comment gave me such a chuckle - love it!

Hi Leslie - I noticed the tomatos this year too - they last much longer than I would expect.

Hi Steve ~ That sounds very nice.  Getting the feel for weather all over the country is one of my favorite things about AR - somehow getting the national forecast just isn't the same.

Hi Lexi & Jordan ~ So the weather is better in Wyoming? I'm jealous!

Hi Thomas ~ Those are good tips.  I've got steam heat so water in the pipes / leaks are something I think about too.  This time of year I only keep it on for a couple of hours at most anyway and then shut it off completely.

Hi Scott ~ Empty listings in the cold weather are a source of much stress.  Too many places have suffered from burst pipes in the last few years. 

Hi Jeanne ~ I am no fan of heat and humidity - this summer just about killed me - but from this vantage point 86 degrees sounds very appealing.

Hi Andrew - I dislike both extremes but feel much more hopeless/helpless in summer.  Insulating my very old house is on the list - in fact I was talking to an agent at an inspection today and was amazed at how cheaply she had it done.

Hi Julia ~ Is that for real - 1oo days of 100 degrees?! Mon dieu!! I would not have made it through that summer - no way, no how. Yikes!


October 19, 2010 05:31 PM
John Novak
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace

Hi Liz - At the other end of the spectrum, we haven't quite turned off the A/C in Las Vegas yet. But we are getting very close to the time of year where we don't need A/C or heat for a month or two.

October 19, 2010 06:45 PM
Ron Parise

Heat??? my air conditioner is still running,  .I expect another month or so before I can turn the system off and open the windows until next summer 

There are lots of reasons for living in SW Florida, but winter weather is #1. It attracts the snow birds and their money and makes my business go.  The only downside is the traffic that comes with them

October 19, 2010 08:35 PM
Chris Olsen
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate
Olsen Ziegler Realty

Hi Elizabeth -- I hear ya! An exceptionally warm down comforter does wonders.  I keep it very low at night, 60 for me, but I'm toasty under this incredible down comforter -- that is, until the alarm bell goes off! 

October 19, 2010 09:32 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

Hi Liz,

I was forced to turn on the AC in Sept and early Oct.  It was 90 a couple of days and the huskies leave me little choice. Heat stroke is a risk.  I WON'T turn on the heat WON'T for another 2-3 weeks if I can stand it.  It goes off by mid-April - even if I freeze.  that's just the way its going to be until my finances improve.

October 19, 2010 11:59 PM
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I turned on the heat. we also use space heaters, so that we don't have to heat up the whole house. I have small children, and in my understanding, it's important for them to be in warm environment. Some dollars I will save over the heating bill are not worth a bad cold my children can catch. They throw off blankets at night, even if it's cold, and if the room is chill, they will wake up with bad cough - it runs in my husband's family. 

so - it's start of heating season for us.

I'm amazed how hardy everybody is though! 

October 20, 2010 12:17 AM
Ryan Case
SCA Real Estate

In Temecula, it has been raining nonstop! Considering the heat tonight :)

October 20, 2010 12:33 AM
Anonymous #53

I’m curious as to why you try to wait until November 1 before turning on the heat. If I need the heat or cooling, I simply use them. I like to be comfortable. Of course, here in San Diego, I rarely use them since my windows are open most of the time so that I can enjoy our mostly beautiful weather.

October 26, 2010 10:59 PM
Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent

It has cooled down a little bit in Vegas also and thanks for rubbing in the wonderful weather of San Diego Russel. The great weather in San Diego will be bringing me there soon!

VB ;~)

October 27, 2010 07:29 PM
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