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How can we better insulate our garage to keep the heat inside our house?

With all the cold weather we've been having, the bedroom above our single car garage has been positively chilly. The rest of the house is nice and toasty, but that one room is several degrees cooler than anywhere else in the house. How can we make it better? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 24, 2014 - 13 answers

 

Is Serious Furnace Cleaning Necessary?

I have an old style furnace that has been cleaned (by vacuuming) on a mostly annual basis for about 20 years. Should I pay the big bucks to get it scraped out by a professional? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jan 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Heating a Drafty San Francisco Apartment with Electric

Please help me figure out how to heat my drafty San Francisco 1-bedroom apartment without breaking the bank. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by Amplify on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

Making a tealight/teracotta pot heater more efficient

I've gotten caught up in the hype about those upturned-terracotta-plant-pot-with-tealight-candles-underneath-heaters, so I've made one. It's doing the job and keeping the chill off, and what can I expect, really, from something heated by 4 tealights. I want to make it more efficient, though. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Dec 14, 2013 - 11 answers

To BCC3 Control Board, or not to BCC3 Control Board

A question regarding an impending attempt to replace the control board in our furnace myself. Extenuating circumstances: Approaching Arctic Cold Front. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

What can I do to improve my old school gas-fired floor furnaces?

Are there improvements that can be done to them to improve their efficiency and safety? Are there retrofits? Would I be able to purchase something more modern that would directly replace the existing units? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Nov 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Furnaces Suck!

Whenever I change my furnace filter (approx every 60-90 days), it's always bent inwards towards the furnace fan. It's gotten significantly worse this year, and tonight when I tried to replace it, the filter was nearly sucked into the furnace. What causes this? Do I need to call for service? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Nov 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Help with Hydronic Heating

Our new-to-us-but-very-old home needs a new boiler (and water heater). What are our best options? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Space heaters vs turning up the heat?

I live in a drafty old farmhouse. My roommates and I are currently waging a thermostat war--one says it's cheaper to to have the heat for the whole house at 70 than it is for him to heat his room with a space heater. I maintain that its probably way more expensive to heat the entire drafty house. Who's right? We have electric heat. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 4, 2013 - 26 answers

My apartment's radiators are loud and letting out steam. Is that normal?

We've just moved into a new place and it's now gotten cold enough to turn on the heat. Two of the radiators are really loud with air escaping, and often have visible steam coming out of the valve on the side. I've never seen radiators do this. Is this normal? Is this safe?
posted by msbrauer on Oct 31, 2013 - 9 answers

What can I do to use this heating vent under my 7" record collection?

We live in a house with central heating. There are floor vents all around the place. It sounds awesome, but we haven't been willing to turn the heat on just yet because one of the vents is right under one of my record shelves. How can we have a hot room but not melt my hot tunes? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Oct 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Heating contractor in the Twin Cities

Who is the absolute best heating contractor in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Tell me about your frugal, toasty ways, Metafilter

Can you share all the information, products, tips, etc., about weatherstripping and all other ways of keeping my house from leaking heat--and letting in cold air--when it's cold? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 23, 2013 - 37 answers

Toasty toes

Is it possible to recreate the sensation of below-floor heating in an apartment bathroom? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

What's broken: shower, tank, pump, thermostat, boiler, or all??

I live in rented accommodation in the UK. The hot water is scaldingly hot. The radiators burn to touch. The shower temperature is hugely unreliable -- scalding or freezing. The landlord is worried that a plumber will rip him off, based on bad experiences in the past, and unwilling to pay to investigate. Can you help me understand what's going on? I'd like to put my landlord's mind at rest regarding plumbers, and set his expectations regarding likely diagnoses and solutions -- and hence cost. I also suspect this situation is wasting energy and hence driving up the cost of heating bills. I'd like to persuade the landlord that fixing it might be a good idea. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Power outages and furnaces

Hi I am house sitting and Nemo is bearing down on us. I have a oil furnace in the basement. If the power goes out, then comes back, or I use the generator, are there any specific steps I need to take with the furnace? What about water valves, etc? Thanks much!
posted by spacefire on Feb 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Help keep me warm, mkay?

My electric heat pump is icing over something fierce, and the technicians don't really have a clue what's going on. There is one theory I'd like you to comment on, and if it makes no sense, I'd appreciate alternate theories. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Central gas with new ducts or ductless heat pump.

Our home in Seattle contains a dozen or so electric heaters. We would like to get rid of these and upgrade to something more efficient/attractive/economical. It seems our two options are 1) Central gas heating or 2) ductless heat pump. To make gas heating work, we would have to install ducts. Does anyone have any experience with adding ducts to a ductless house? One possibility that has been suggested is to put the ducts on the outside of one side of the house. This would probably work in our case since all of the large rooms in our house share a common wall. What are your thoughts/experiences with installing either gas heating with new ducts or ductless heat pump heating? I'm assuming that central gas would work just fine in a Seattle winter but I'm not sure if a ductless heat pump system would be adequate in the winter ( considering that our hope is to replace - not just augment - the existing system ).
posted by metadave on Jan 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Is $3.79 Ok For Heating Oil?

I'm paying $3.79/gallon for heating oil in Westchester county, NY. Is that a reasonably ok price? If not, can anyone recommend another supplier (I'm using Castle).
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 17, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I eliminate a draft under my front door?

Getting a draft despite having weather stripping and a door sweep. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jan 1, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I move / switch NYC apartment radiators?

Does anyone have experience with, or know how to, switch radiators between two different rooms in the same apartment (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Indoor/Home Temperatures in Arctic or Very Cold Climates

At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

It's cold outside - and inside too!

UKTenantFilter: My heating broke on friday at 2pm. The landlord turned up at 4 but didn't fix it then because he 'wanted daylight to work on it'. Today (saturday) he said it couldn't be fixed because it needed a new fuse and 'nowhere that was open had one' - so we have to wait until Monday. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Dec 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I shut my upstairs heating vents?

Why are there forced air heating vents in the second floor of my small rowhouse? Won't the hot air just head upstairs and even it all out? [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Kilo-What?

In my flat here in the UK I have four electric storage heaters that are kaput. What electric heating should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Oct 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How to heat our home this winter?

Is it worth it to use space heaters (instead of the built-in baseboard heaters) to keep warm this winter? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by CutaneousRabbit on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

How much gas can a furnace use when it's 85F outside?

I haven't even turned the heat on yet and my gas bill is already as high as it was last winter. WTF? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Boilers boilers boilers

Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Thermostat to help control ventilation intelligently?

Is there a sensor device or thermostat setup that can inexpensively switch on a fan based on the difference between two temperature points (one inside, one outside)? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Which brand of HVAC?

Different Central air conditioner and furnace brands? When it comes to HVAC, should we go with Carrier, Goodman, York, or Lennox? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jun 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go?

Heating an old house: Should the baseboard heating stay or go? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 1, 2012 - 19 answers

How to cool this HOT house???

Just replaced a 50-year-old tar/gravel roof with white shingles. This is in Florida. But now the house is hothothot, heat keeps rising, air-conditioner runs constantly but can't keep up! It's just after noon and 84 degrees in here! The roof is low-hip, the attic is a crawl space insulated to about R-30, there's a turbine on the roof and three passive vents. Still hot! Depressing after writing such a big check. Capable roofer says previous thick layer of tar/gravel probably insulated a lot. But now what's my next step? 1. Would a white latex coating be more cost-effective than a solar-powered vent? 2. Any other suggestions? Whew, and thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Air conditioning vent clearance

I have air conditioning vents in the floor at the side of the room. The vents can be angled in different directions. If I put a large dresser against the wall, above a vent, with clearance of a few inches, will it be substantially detrimental to heating/cooling?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Do I need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year?

Do I really need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house?

Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Feb 1, 2012 - 8 answers

My house is growing cold, please hope me!

Seattle: *urgent* need for a plumbing/heating maintenance today or this weekend for the in-floor heating of my townhome. Haven't had heat since apparently Wednesday night, and the company that installed it is non-responsive to my repeated calls. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Jan 27, 2012 - 8 answers

BRRRRRRRR Momma, why ain't the heat on yet!?

What are the advantages to a newer modern gas furnace heating system vs. a 35~ year oldish pilot-light gas system? [more inside]
posted by Bodrik on Jan 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Does that look valve-ish to you?

Is this a valve and, if so, how do you open it? [more inside]
posted by demagnetized on Jan 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Economics of an electrical vs. heating oil radiator

Economics of an electrical vs. an heating oil radiator? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Ideas for Partitioning a Room to Save On Heating Costs

Anybody have ideas for a how to partition our living room from our kitchen to conserve heat/energy? But in a cheap yet stylish way? Opening between the two rooms is about 10-14 feet wide (image a normal doorway about seven times the width, maybe the size of a small garage door) [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Splash-slash-slosh?

I have forced-hot water baseboard heating in my apartment. It sloshes. Should it slosh? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

converting my house heating from oil to natural gas

Converting my home from fuel oil to natural gas heating - how to do it? My 1890s house is heated with radiators and run on fuel oil - which has been steadily getting more and more expensive. I have natural gas already running to the house for appliances and water heating. [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Nov 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Winter heating confusion

How do I use a programmable thermostat/heater efficiently in the winter? Specifically, how cold should I let it get when no one is home? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

1928 Weil-McLain hell.

How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Steam Heat

I'm about to sign a lease on a commercial space that has radiator heating. The landlord wants us to pay one third of the heating costs for the building, as the space takes up the ground floor of a three story building. At first this seemed logical to me, then I thought about it a bit... [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Apr 26, 2011 - 12 answers

DVD remote too hot to handle!

What's causing this DVD remote control to become too hot to handle? [more inside]
posted by motown missile on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Heating pad overuse?

How long is too long when using a heating pad for cramps? [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties on Mar 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Any laws about heating provided to tenants by landlord?

Are there any laws that require landlords to provide efficient or modern heating units for tenants? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl on Mar 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Should I get an air source heat pump

We've just moved into an old house in the South of the UK. The oil-fired boiler is in desperate need of replacement. No mains gas is available. I'm interested in air source heat pumps, what advice can you offer me? [more inside]
posted by grahamspankee on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me control my furnace's blower

How can I reconfigure my Goodman GmH950703Bx furnace so that it doesn't blow all the time? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Feb 23, 2011 - 3 answers

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