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Continued: Giving in to furnace season

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 11, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Yes, yes, this isn’t as much about gender as body type. An article in the online magazine Mental Floss this year observed that if everyone was the same size and weight, “people of all genders should experience temperature in similar ways. Women are, however, more likely to be smaller, and smaller people are more likely to be colder.”

Staving off the season

Xcel Energy has no statistics on when most switches get flipped because the decision is so dependent upon personal preference, spokeswoman Patti Nystuen said. One person’s arctic blast is another’s refreshing briskness.

There’s another, more psychological reason that some resist the inevitable: As long as the furnace remains off, it’s still late … late … summer. Right?

Barb Schaller of Burnsville said she can’t turn on the furnace yet out of principle, “but we do most certainly turn on the [gas] fireplace for about 90 minutes in the morning to take the chill out,” mostly because she likes sleeping with a window open about 4 inches.

Then again, some just can’t resist a dare.

Jeremy Scheller of Minneapolis said he and three college classmates once tested their limits “in a dump of an apartment in northeast Minneapolis.”

He explained, “Three out of four of us banded together to not turn on the furnace until January 1st. You could see your breath when you went to bed at night, but it was a great college challenge.”

The one who didn’t sign on for the misery?

“He wasn’t pleased, but went along with things,” Scheller said. The experiment actually lasted until Jan. 1, a milestone that outshone even the fact that their apartment was burgled on New Year’s Eve.

“I remember vividly coming home to my roommate saying we got robbed, but at least we can turn on the heat now.”

Kim Ode • 612-673-7185

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