How much gas can a furnace use when it's 85F outside?
August 22, 2012 8:04 AM Subscribe
I haven't even turned the heat on yet and my gas bill is already as high as it was last winter. WTF?
posted by mskyle to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I moved to a new apartment; it's larger, and has an old furnace/boiler (gas, driving old-fashioned radiators). I knew that my heating bill would be significantly higher than it was before (my heating bills in my previous place were outrageously low, in large part due to being on the third floor of a well-insulated building). But I haven't even turned anything on yet and the bill is already higher (in therms of gas used and in dollars) than it was in the late fall/early spring months in my last apartment. And I cooked with gas at that apartment, too - I have an electric stove at the new place.
Where is the gas going? What is it doing? Is the pilot light in my new place getting through more gas than the actual heater in my old place (and that wasn't a new heater either, though it was a completely different type of heater)? Is this kind of thing to be expected with old furnaces or is there something wrong? My landladies were entirely transparent about the oldness of the furnace but I didn't expect that to be an issue in August!
Right now we're talking about a matter of $20 or so a month - no big deal - but if this is likely to be indicative of an actual problem with the furnace (beyond just oldness and crapness) I would love to get it resolved before it gets cold. And expensive.