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Yesterday we had our son and DIL, and Mrs Brian's nephew coming over to celebrate theirs and Mrs Brian's late June birthdays at 4:00 PM. The HVAC outside heat sensor is on a west facing wall, in full afternoon sun. Around 1:30 PM I glanced at the smart thermostat that said the outside temp was 111°. My rooftop weather station; also in full sun has a solar powered fan to help cool the heat sensor in direct sun, read 101°. In hot sunny conditions it typically runs about 5° higher than the local GA airport that NOAA and other weather reporting services use for our area. Our heat pump was doing a fine job keeping the upper story main living area of our tri-level at comfy 73° according to both the smart thermostat and the weather station panel.I kept everything closed up yesterday and it reached 84° inside my house.
78° this morning after having all of the back windows open last night to catch the north breeze.
Thank god for cocktails and a ceiling fan in my bedroom, I was able to sleep well.
Watered the tomatoes this morning and moved the pots to where they’ll get shade most of the day. They’ll stay there through Tuesday.
Stay cool everyone.....as much as possible.
At 1:45 PM a car hit a power pole knocking out service to 14K customers . Being a guy that tries to be a problem solver, I began staging the backup generator, with power cables to run the 'fridge and a couple of fans for the upstairs. It felt brutal outside. Mrs Brian was beginning the meal prep in the kitchen and basically told me to stay the heck out of her way and wait for the power to come back up!
Over the next two hours we kept the house closed up, but the inside temp slowly began to rise. A little before 4:00 PM our son and DIL arrived and the inside temp reading was 76°. It still felt OK but I hadn't yet completed the generator startup and began to get concerned . We were all talking for about 10 minutes when the lights came on , and the HVAC system rebooted!
The weather station was reporting 108°. 45 minutes later when our nephew arrived the inside temp had dropped to quite tolerable 75° with an outside temp of 110°.
As the outside temp dropped the house dropped to 73° with the thermostat set to 72° at 9:00 PM. (being a new heat pump user) I knew the outside air was going to stay above 50° (got to 66° actual) so I set the AC for 68°. This morning the house was 68° and I've set the cooling back to 72°.