Help me keep warm this winter
December 9, 2005 11:03 AM Subscribe
Our (rented) house seems to have been built without insulation. Tips on keeping the house as warm as possible this winter?
posted by Wolfie to home & garden (31 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We moved over the summer to a new place. We found it so charminng we of course didn't think about the consequences of aluminum frame windows and a 50 year old gravity furnace. We've replaced the thermostat with one that actually registers temperature but as soon as the heat goes off - the house starts cooling down again. We've also weather stripped every door we can.
We're in San Francisco - so we're not talking about freezing temperatures - but the last few weeks have been a lot colder than normal and without the heat on at night the inside temperature is getting down to about 50 degrees inside the house.
We're wondering a few things:
Will big heavy drapes over our rather large windows insulate us in any meaningful way?
Is running an electrical heater really cheaper / more efficient than running the furnace in a relatively small house?
Has anyone done this before - sealing the windows
Any other tips for efficient home heating an old house we don't own?