How cold is it inside up North?
January 3, 2014 4:58 AM Subscribe
I live in the southern US and am curious about heating systems "up North".
posted by dukes909 to Home & Garden (85 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Waking up to 16F here this morning (this is very cold for the southern US), I already know my electric central heat pump won't keep up with it, so I don't even try to let it run it's normal schedule. (62 at night, 66 in the mornings, 64 in the daytime, 62 in the evenings) - I just left it at 62.
As I was drinking my coffee though, it got me thinking about what it would be like to live where it's routinely colder than this, say, like in Ft. McMurray Canada (only because I listened to a radio program about it recently).
I know electric heat pumps are out of the question for winter heating anywhere much further north than where I'm at, so I'm guessing gas or heating oil is the fuel of choice - but what do folks keep their normal indoor temp at for a house using these kinds of fuel? Does the furnace run 24/7? I mean, if the average temp is between -3 and 12 (I checked Ft. Mc), it would seem like you'd have to have either a super insulated house, wear a lot of wool, or have a super duper heating system to keep up.. or a combination of all of the above? Brrr!