I live in the SF Bay area and I'm thinking about moving to colder climates at some point, but for various reasons I can't handle a cold ambient temperature inside my home, even if I bundle up. In colder areas (specifically New England and the Midwest), how easy/possible is it to find apartments that are well-heated (perhaps buildings with a whole-building radiator system?) or other situations where I can have a warm (68-70 degree) home without paying through the nose for utilities? [more inside]
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?
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]
Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
Installing hydronic radiant floor heating when building a new house? [more inside]
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]
Are standalone Heater-Fans/Oil-Filled heaters more efficient (electricity wise) than electric baseboards? [more inside]
What is a fair way to estimate, over an entire year, the proportion of an electrical bill that is being used for electrical heating? (Previously
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What is an affordable alternative to baseboard heaters? I may be renting a house in the next few months. It's a total fixer-upper (cosmetically), but since the owner is a family member we are trying to work out an agreement to pay for and do the work ourselves in exchange for our deposit/1st/last. Catch is, it only has ancient baseboard heaters through-out... [more inside]
Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler? [more inside]
Are there any good low-capital alternatives to electric Cadet heaters for warming and cooling my house? [more inside]
This weekend, I saw a green renovation show that used a large amount of gravel in the basement to hold heat gathered from a solar-collecting area in the roof. My dad, a builder, says this method doesn't work well. Help me understand if someone has devised a "better mousetrap" or if this is just something that has never
worked and is being done for greenwashing on TV... [more inside]
My heating bill is about twice as much as my downstairs neighbors'. What's going on, and what can I do to mitigate the cost? [more inside]
Is it cheaper to run a full house heat pump during colder months, or use Vornado heaters to heat subsections of the house that we are in at the moment.
I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
How big a wood stove should I get? [more inside]
My landlords turned on the heat in my building, and now my room smells funny. They say that it's nothing, but I'm kinda worried. [more inside]
Another heating question!
We just moved to another apartment. It turns out this landlord has the furnace set up oddly: usually the filter goes between the burner/blower and the ductwork to the rooms, but here he's put it on the incoming vent before the furnace. Does that make sense?
Generally, my experience with forced air makes me really miss radiators. I don't like the idea of having dust mite poo blown up my nose, for one thing. Is it that radiators are more efficient and/or cheaper than forced air, or is it that gas furnaces seem more "modern"?
What is a good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater? Living in a leaky old house, we're starting to dread the approach of our first winter here. All we have is one crappy gas wall heater, this electricity-sucking system on the roof that pumps down solar-heated air, and a fireplace in the bedroom. We need more. (We're already going to seal the windows with plastic where we can.)