CA person here— hope folks are staying warm out there in the northeast! How do you do that exactly? What do you set your thermostat at? Do you stay home the whole time? I have no concept of this weather and am curious...
Pop the thermostat so it’s two degrees warmer. It’s easier for your furnace to keep pace than catch up.
The Northeast is mostly in the negative single digits right now. The upper Midwest is in the minus 20s and 30s.
You set your thermostat as you always would. 68-70 inside is the same regardless of the outside temp.
You stay in as much as possible. If you have to go out, layer up, curse, then get what you are going out for done as quick as possible. Get back in and do something warm like get in bed, hold the cat or dog, fool around... ANYTHING to get warm.
Along with what I replied below...
Cars don’t like this stuff. They are hard to start if they start at all. If you have a block heater, you plug it in. And if you go somewhere, you need to be aware of how long your care hasn’t been running without being plugged in. Diesel fuel can gel at these temps, even with additive, sometimes.
Always be prepared for a vehicle malfunction. Basic survival supplies should be carried in you car. Even a breakdown close to home can be dangerous in these temperatures and windchills.
And, speaking of breakdown, they happen easier at these temps. A vehicle is pretty stressed at -25.
Oh yeah, true. Our winter kid includes blankets, high vision vests, water, portable urinal, extra coats and boots. Mostly blankets. Driving in Russia you can hit black ice before you know it.
We lived in Minnesota for 13 years, this isn’t all that abnormal. It’s just that the press needs a catastrophe to talk about.
It’s also one of the things that kills off all the bugs, varmints and Californians, thereby keeping the environment cleaner.
Couple of interesting things:
Tires become rock hard and develop a flat spot wear they were resting on ground, so your car kinda goes thump thump thump for awhile when you drive.
It’s not the gas, but the condensation in the tank that is a problem.
Your engine oil becomes sludge and makes cranking the engine hard.
Being outside is tough. Breathing in such bitter cold actually hurts your lungs.
Even when you go outside for a little bit, sometimes you don’t feel the cold on your body. It’s not until you get back inside that the cold works it’s way down to your bones and it hurts.
By the way, cursing does help you stay warm.
Another Californian here, wondering about the same things. The coldest I've ever experienced was 25 degrees.
Well, my family just moves on with our life but apparently that’s unique. Things closed up here yesterday. Schools, the university, the mail didn’t go, etc. We went out to the Bob Evans. We took our coats but ran into the restaurant without them. You could see my parents getting dirty looks from others. It’s not like we were wearing shorts and muscle shirts. We all had on trousers, flannel shorts or double layers T shirts. Mischa was wearing a sweater. It’s not that we have valuable coats but we seem to lose them all the time. This is just easier.
If we are outside for any semi long length of time, we wear coats, insulated gloves, insulated hats or ushankas, scarves and if out for a while, we wear snow suits, gloves, ushankas, scarfs and a mouth cover.
If icy we all wear industrial ice grips on our boots. Those are seriously handy!
We set the thermostat at 72 during the day and 68 at night. It's easy to keep warm inside. Outside, you just dress in layers and don't go too far. We ran a couple errands and were in and out of places, but no big deal as we were only outside for 30 seconds at a time. The cold is brutal during the 30 seconds, but it is short lived. Luckily, our car started easily each time.
And for those wondering why you want to keep your tank full... Two reasons. 1) You don’t want to run out in this cold and get stranded. 2) More air in the tank leads to more condensation, which leads to water in your fuel. This can lead to lots of problems.
True, I don’t want any issues with fuel lines. Yikes.
(Former Californian, too)
Do cars work when it’s that cold out? What is the freezing point of gasoline?
-34 Reelfeel all day here. Never left the house and kept heat on all day. Blankets were nice too.
I set the thermostat at 70. I bundle up when I go outside. I don’t go anywhere when it’s this cold.
Heat is turned up. Bundle up if going outside.
There’s not much you can do with cars: just keep the tank full. Layer up if you’re going outside. For your house, just leave it at the same temperature. It doesn’t get too wonky.
It was 22 today- hot!
They do work. I drove mine today and yesterday. It just takes a little longer for them to start.
It took about 20 minutes for my car to be warm. Normally, it takes about 5-10.
Keep the thermostat set at one temp. Ensure that all outside pipes are drained and keep cupboard doors open to allow warm temps to circulate around pipes.
I don’t know how you deal with it. Stay safe!