This is a song that my wife loves. If it were up to her, we would start listening to Christmas music around Labor Day, but too much of a good thing is not always good. With the onset of colder temperatures it’s time to start cranking up those heaters. When the heat is turned on for the first time, there is usually a strong burning smell that is present. What’s happening is that the electric heating coils have dust that has built up on them during the warmer months and is now burning off. The way to avoid that horrible smell is to pick a mild- temperature day, open all the the windows in the house and turn on your heat. Leave it running for 30 minutes or so – this will burn everything off and with the open windows will help that offensive odor to quickly dissipate. You’ll only need to do this when the heat is turned on for the first time during the season.
Here’s a quick explanation of the type of heat we use in this area. The most common type of heat in our area is resistance heating. A resistance heater is in essence a large toaster with electricity passing through a series of coils. Anytime electricity passes though anything, there is a certain amount of restriction or resistance. Whenever this resistance occurs, it produces heat. It’s similar to rubbing your hands together – the resistance that your hands provide each other with produces heat. On average, a resistance heating system can only raise the temperature 20 degrees above the outside temperature. So, if it’s 40 degrees outside you probably will not achieve a toasty 80 degrees indoors. If you happen to be from a northern climate, this article is over and thank you for reading. Now, for everybody else who’s here in sunny Florida, be rest assured that it will warm up sooner then you think and be thankful that we’re not with the folks that left a couple of lines before. Hey, you in Cleveland, you’re not supposed to read this far!
Thanks as always, Bryan