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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

It's still just as cold in the kitchen, only a smelly cold

I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the legal way to record room temperature?

What is the legal way to record room temperature? I need to sue landlord for not heating the apartment. [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Dec 17, 2010 - 32 answers

I don't have steam heat.

When giving home-buying advice, I regularly point out that there's likely going to be at least one Major Traumatic and Unexpected Expense. And now, I have mine! Specifically: I need a new gas boiler. Current boiler is approaching 3 decades and would cost approx. $2000 to repair, thanks to everything wrong with it. The salesman comes Thursday. Any advice about brands? What burning (no pun intended) questions do I need to ask? I'm in upstate NY, and the house is just under 2200 sq. ft. with three zones.
posted by thomas j wise on Dec 7, 2010 - 2 answers

Why are radiators so complicated?!

Brrr! It's getting cold, and I'm getting tied up trying to research heaters... Hope me, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by benzo8 on Nov 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Temporarily insulate a drafty exterior door?

My apartment's back exit has a windowed door (similar to this, although it's only a single door) and no storm door. It's drafty and I'd like to insulate it as much as I can, sans all but the most rudimentary carpentry skills. What's my best temporary solution? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 10, 2010 - 10 answers

brrrr

Are standalone Heater-Fans/Oil-Filled heaters more efficient (electricity wise) than electric baseboards? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Nov 7, 2010 - 17 answers

heating oil for an old house

I live in the Maryland suburbs of DC, and I recently bought a old house here (Mt Rainier). The house is heated with radiators and heating oil, and I need to refill the oil (there was only about 5 gallons left from the seller). Any suggestions on where and who to have refill the oil? It's my first time doing this.
posted by waylaid on Oct 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Comparison of different green energy solutions

Comparison of carbon reduction/energy efficiency/ cost-benefit of rain water tanks V solar heating V waste water reclamation? [more inside]
posted by parryb on Oct 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Heating a very cold art studio

I have an art studo that is going to get extremely cold during this winter but I need to keep using it. It's in an old factory, concrete walls and floor, relatively high ceilings (great in summer, not so in winter). I know that I will need to insulate as much as possible - windows, stop drafts etc - but I'm unsure about the best way to heat it once it is suitably closed up. [more inside]
posted by halcorp on Oct 12, 2010 - 21 answers

Garage Heating

Most efficient way to heat an attached garage? [more inside]
posted by discountfortunecookie on Sep 30, 2010 - 6 answers

home oil headache

Can you help me decide if I should buy into our home heating oil co's price cap program? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 on Sep 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Doing the Frequent Repair Dance with my HVAC.

I have to keep calling my apartment manager in to repair the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) unit every few months. This can't be right. I know YANMRP (you are not my repair-person) but I wonder what could be going on and what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Sep 1, 2010 - 12 answers

We are sure you will be pleased with this agreement.

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) [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 6, 2010 - 8 answers

A register of registers?

How can I get a matching replacement for my home's (apparently non-standard) heating registers? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jul 3, 2010 - 5 answers

I've got a problem with gas...

How much does it cost to have gas central heating installed? (UK) [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jun 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Tri-Level HVAC

My part of the house is never comfortable! Help us with our tri-level home heating/cooling issues. [more inside]
posted by thorny on May 25, 2010 - 5 answers

A thrilling question about furnace and ductwork replacement

Getting a new furnace with a side order of asbestos abatement funtimes! Do we need new ductwork too? [more inside]
posted by clavicle on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Argument heats up!

Help me settle an argument between my parents about central heating, please. My mother believes, for instance, that setting the thermostat for 75 degrees and cutting it off once it reaches 70 degrees will warm the house faster than if the thermostat were simply set to 70 degrees initially. My father thinks this is ridiculous. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Feb 21, 2010 - 29 answers

I'm looking to buy a spaceheater for my girlfriend's apartment. Anyone have any recommendations on ones that won't burn the place down?

I'm looking to buy a spaceheater for my girlfriend's apartment. Anyone have any recommendations on ones that won't burn the place down? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Feb 18, 2010 - 19 answers

The H is O...

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]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jan 11, 2010 - 8 answers

shaken not stirred, sort of

Whirlpool LEQ8000JQ dryer. Tumbles but won't heat up. Tried the factory web site, multiple help lines. I know it's a 240, we have fuses, not circuit breakers. Everything seems fine from the house panel down, I think it's an internal fuse. Hope me hive mind. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Jan 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me keep warm.

Hello MeFites, please help me make the first floor of my house a little bit warmer. The problem is big single pane windows that are leaking heat. [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jan 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Analog thermostat went binary.

Why has my thermostat gone binary? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jan 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Need an electric blanket

Can anyone suggest a durable electric blanket? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey on Dec 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Close the door, you're letting the heat out!

My new house came with a scary, creepy "Cozy" brand gas wall furnace. It's 15ยบ right now. How much money am I burning by using it? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo on Dec 8, 2009 - 26 answers

Ventilation Problem

How do I determine why vent is not sending heat & A/C to one bedroom? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Nov 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me stay warm with a broken furnace.

Yesterday I woke up to my furnace screeching like a banshee. Turned it off, and called for service, but they won't be able to get out for a while. I'm not sure when, because the service will be through my home warranty. I have a fireplace and wood, south facing windows that let in lots of sun, and a very small, not-so-awesome electric space heater. I have some questions about the combination of heating sources I should use until the furnace gets repaired. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Nov 29, 2009 - 28 answers

Radiator + Valve adjustment = wet carpet?

There's wet carpet around my water/steam radiators and I'm not sure why. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Nov 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Human powered heater?

Is there such a thing as a self powered/manual heater? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 1, 2009 - 15 answers

How should I stay warm this winter?

Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
posted by apricot on Oct 25, 2009 - 12 answers

How to tell when a furnace is on its last leg?

I have a 20-year-old furnace. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Oct 20, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I make my rented flat warmer? On the cheap, if possible?

I'm renting a flat and it's cold, and it's going to get colder (I'm on a 1 year contract in the alps). Is there anything noninvasive (preferably cheap, but I'm ok to spend if it's really going to work) that I can do to warm the place up? What sort of portable space heaters give the best performance for electricity/gas? Are there any decent renter-based guides to improving insulation? [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 14, 2009 - 26 answers

Heating a workshop

What's a good portable and safe way to heat a detached garage that's used as a workshop. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Sep 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler?

Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Sep 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Is our cat in danger of over heating?

We have an apartment with no air conditioning and it's going to be over 80 degrees today. Should I be worried about our indoor cat over heating? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Aug 29, 2009 - 29 answers

Will my heating bills go up if I rip out my lowered ceilings?

The previous owner of my house lowered the ceilings to save energy. I hate them. If I take the new ceilings down, will my energy bills go up that much? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Aug 9, 2009 - 14 answers

How can I find the best rebates for home heating/cooling?

Replacing the AC and furnace -- is now the time to buy? Tell me what you know about rebates! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Does attic ventilation = more efficient air conditioning?

Is leaving the windows in my attic cracked beneficial for keeping my air conditioning bill low? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

my homemade heating pad stinks!

help me make a microwaveable heating pad that doesn't burn or smell bad. barring that, help me buy one. [more inside]
posted by nadawi on May 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Cheap heats?

Are there any good low-capital alternatives to electric Cadet heaters for warming and cooling my house? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Apr 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Help keep me hot and cold!

Can someone recommend a programmable thermostat that will save me from insane energy bills? [more inside]
posted by griffey on Apr 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Ok, so you have hot rocks. Now what?

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]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Apr 14, 2009 - 14 answers

How to get my microwave oven to heat again

Why did my microwave oven stop heating after I tried to use it to heat water in a clear pyrex measuring cup? And how can I get it to work again? I've had the not-heating problem before, and it has gone away. I can't remember whether I did something to make it work again. This time, I tried unplugging the oven and plugging it in again -- no dice. Everything works except for the heating up part.
posted by Sia Stewart on Apr 11, 2009 - 5 answers

I can't afford this.

Why does my electric furnace use twice as much energy as my neighbor's? I live in a townhome development and we have the same floor plan. [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jan 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Heating an empty house

When I was out of town, my landlord came in and turned the heating on in the house I'm renting from him. This is in the UK. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jan 4, 2009 - 30 answers

Heat is expensive!

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]
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Device to redirect wall vent output

Homeowner HVAC Filter: Where to find a "vent redirector"? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 8, 2008 - 7 answers

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