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Old 02-05-2007, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Hey we just had a week of 40 and 50 above in southcentral Alaska. You guys want it back?
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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NAH, some warning about air-tight homes...

Some people have gotten very ill and some have even died from poor indoor-air quality somewhat due to sealing up their house.

My advice is have good, thick insulation and very slight draft shouldn't be too much of a problem. Insulation can lose it's effectiveness if it gets wet, so check it out and replace if it gets water damage. Cracked window seals are better when re-caulked. Simple things like that are probably the best.

Just don't go overboard with preventing all the slightest air leaks.
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:34 PM
 
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NAH, some warning about air-tight homes...

Some people have gotten very ill and some have even died from poor indoor-air quality somewhat due to sealing up their house.

My advice is have good, thick insulation and very slight draft shouldn't be too much of a problem. Insulation can lose it's effectiveness if it gets wet, so check it out and replace if it gets water damage. Cracked window seals are better when re-caulked. Simple things like that are probably the best.

Just don't go overboard with preventing all the slightest air leaks.

Not only that, but you can get some nasty molds in air-tight homes as well.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:05 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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yea ill be leaving the space underneath the door and if theres any small leaks by the window, im leaving them alone. Should I also open the door once a day and leave it open for like 10 seconds to allow fresh air in the house?
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:46 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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"50 degrees is not bad, many northerns go outside in shorts and tshirt in this weather"
I spent over 30 years up in the north and never saw this during the winter.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:53 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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Someone else in another post said that. I personally have done this back in high school. Yes I was cold but it didnt stay 50 after the sun came out, it became nice and warm. I knew if I dressed warm, I would just sweat at noon so I dealt with the morning cold.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:49 AM
 
Location: PA
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Northerners do not go outside in a t shirt when it's 50. 50 is pretty nippy. No, it's not cold, but it's not warm either. It's definetly long-sleeved weather. I hope you were kidding. Being in Florida, 50 will seem pretty temperate but in the North it's different. You don't seem to have a good grip on a truth northern climate. As I told you, use the averages as a guide, but just remember most places have extremes of hot and cold many times each season. It will get brutally hot at times in Oil City and bitterly cold. Ditto for Des Moines, and other places you're considering.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:56 AM
 
Location: PA
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Here's an example. The avg. January temp in Philadelphia, PA is about 30. Now, if you were here in January, most of the month, you would've called 30 pretty balmy due to several cold snaps with windchills from -1 to -10. However, in December, when the avg. is ~35, you would have called it ridiculously low because the temps were mild (high 30's and 40's, even some 50's). Fronts really throw the averages off.
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Old 02-06-2007, 05:30 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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I understand theres extremes but the averages are a good starting guide. Like if the average is 20 degrees, it can go either way. One day could be 5 degrees and the next day could be 35 degrees
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:37 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/02/06/cold.weather.ap/index.html (broken link)

For any of you who got mad and said it is normal, please read the news. 6 people died, schools got closed, pipes burst, cars wouldnt start, etc! In fact some records were broken that day! This is no ordinary cold but a freaky strange record breaking cold spell!
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