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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Importance Of Batteries

13.5 is cold. So you can imagine what 13.0 feels like.

It's hard to imagine that the well-being of every living thing in my house, humans, cats, fish and plants, is 100% dependent on 3 AA batteries. But it's true, and I discovered just how important these AA batteries are yesterday.

Monday night Suz and I were watching TV with the fireplace on, and wondering why it was so dang cold in the house. The blankets we were using felt like they had come out of the fridge, and the couch cushions were room temperature.

Unfortunately the room's temperature was very cold. We were baffled.

When we woke up in the morning the house was even colder. About 7 degrees colder than it should have been. The house had dipped to 13 Celcius while the outside temperature was -1.

Suz found the culprit right away. The thermostat had failed because the 3 AA batteries which run it, had passed away. Yes, the batteries had died.

I sacrificed the Double-As from our TV remote to satisfy the Gods of Nonfunctioning Thermostats. I put the new batteries into the thermostat and pressed "Run Program". The settings were stored, so the furnace knew exactly what day and time it was, and turned on immediately.

Two hours later I left for work, but was still shivering a bit, because the house had only risen to 18 degrees. Thankfully we did not have to make funeral arrangements for the dead batteries.

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Blogger patti_cake said...

Eeps! I had better check the status of my batteries also.

10:38:00 AM

Blogger mmat said...

i'll have to keep that in mind. i have the exact same thermostat as you except mine's in american temperatures, so i never really know how cold it is.

and since my remote uses AAA's instead of AA's, i'd be out in the cold if my thermostat batteries died.

12:24:00 PM

Blogger Katie said...

I never knew that.

The geek I am, I just had to convert the temp.

5:31:00 PM

Blogger Becky said...

We have the thermostat set to 60 b/c we our heater runs on oil. Oil costs too freaking much to set it any higher.

9:45:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

So, what IS 13c in F? It can't be under 50... can it?

That's too bad about the oil. Funny thing about oil - it's cleaner burning than natural gas according to National Geographic, so don't listen to all that natural gas propaganda!

12:10:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I change mine every spring and haven't been victimized by an outage yet. Maybe I've been lucky. Glad to hear you're thawing out.

9:36:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

13C is 55.4F And that's pretty dang cold for your home! Yikes!

12:16:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

I'm happy to report things are back to normal. Normal being no icicles hanging from the kitties whiskers. In other words, about 20C.

12:58:00 PM


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