Winter heating strategy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-21-2008
Winter heating strategy?
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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 1:49pm

What do you do for heat in the winter?

About how much do you spend?

Do you feel like your heating strategy is effective and efficient?

What improvements would you like to make?

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Mon, 10-12-2009 - 2:05pm

I have heating on the mind since it's been so cold here lately!


What do you do for heat in the winter?


We live up in the mountains and only have electric here, no gas. We have baseboard heaters, which work well in the bedrooms since we can close the doors and keep the heat in. The living room/dining room/kitchen is all one big room and it's always freezing. We only have 2 small baseboard heaters in that area and it probably needs at least 4. This weekend it was 58 degrees in the living room. Brrrrr! We do have a fireplace, but it is huge and doesn't quite function well.



About how much do you spend?


In the summer our electric bill is $100. In the winter it has gone up to $500 (And we never keep it warm in the house. I'd hate to see what the bill would be if our house was 72 degrees!)



Do you feel like your heating strategy is effective and efficient?


Not at all. It's obviously not effective since our house is always freezing. We have lots of windows where we can feel drafts. I know that we need to replace them, but that is out of our budget right now!



What improvements would you like to make?


I think new windows would make a difference, but they're too pricey for now. We are looking into a fireplace insert that would blow the warm air out and function more effectively than our current fireplace.


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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 10:16pm

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:28am

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I installed my heat pump system as well as designing and installing all the duct work for

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 2:40am
Colleen, make sure the louvers on your warm air ducts are fully open. Running a sweeper over them can close them by accident. I am guessing you have central air returns rather then in each room. If this is so and beings this is your master bedroom I would hazard a guess the door is closed at night as a privacy measure.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 3:04am
<< We live up in the mountains and only have electric here, no gas. We have baseboard heaters, which work well in the bedrooms since we can close the doors and keep the heat in. The living room/dining room/kitchen is all one big room and it's always freezing. We only have 2 small baseboard heaters in that area and it probably needs at least 4. This weekend it was 58 degrees in the living room. Brrrrr! We do have a fireplace, but it is huge and doesn't quite function well. >>

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 12:12pm


Seems like you need to go get a tube or two of caulk and go around all your windows and doors on the out side if you are actually feeling air movement.


I think we do need to do this. Some windows just feel cold, but some you can feel an actual draft.



Glass unless it is double with an air space will always allow the interface between cold and the warmer

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 10-14-2009 - 6:43pm

We have electric baseboard heating plus a portable electric heater in the living room - looks like a little wood stove with faux flames and everything :)

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Registered: 05-01-2003
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 1:28am

I think we do pretty good here.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 3:46am
I am glad my suggestion may have given you an idea, Barb. Might check the clearance
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Registered: 07-21-2008
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 2:28pm

"We call it The Oracle because all winter, one of our cats sits in front of it staring at the faux flames like she is getting messages from it - LOL."

LOL!

I do like the fact that you can heat just certain areas with the baseboards. We turn them on in the kids rooms just before bed time, then turn the ones in the living room off.

Wow, what I would give for a $90 utility bill! :)

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