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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

What's the oily discharge coming from our central air and heat?!

Our central AC/Heating system leaked some kind of, uh, oil (!?) last night. I have no idea what it is, the super is baffled. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 4, 2008 - 6 answers

It's like living inside a guitar!

What can I use to dampen vibrations from a water pipe? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 2, 2008 - 8 answers

The Properties of Fluids are not Strained

Why does my dryer have to be vented to work? [more inside]
posted by winna on Nov 28, 2008 - 13 answers

The stench of winter is upon us.

How can I identify a bad sewage smell in my living room? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Nov 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Help keep me and MrLyzzyBee warm AND solvent this winter

Gas Central Heating. Is it cheaper/ more economical to run the central heating on for a) a long time at a lower heat temperature or b) a shorter time at a higher heat temperature? I can't seem to get this out of Googling as all the words are so common. Note: I know it's good to have a thermostat. We will look into that - our current thermostat just turns the heating off whatever we set it to. So I just need an answer to the a) or b) bit above at the moment. Thank you! Help keep me and MrLyzzyBee both warm and solvent this winter!
posted by LyzzyBee on Oct 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Seeking Mass Energy Testimonials

For Massachusetts residents: Do you have experience with using the Mass Energy consumer alliance for heating oil? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Oct 14, 2008 - 2 answers

heat pump vs. Vornados

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. [more inside]
posted by diode on Oct 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for rectangular paintable ductwork that looks as good (and works as well) as boxing it in with drywall.

We just boxed in with drywall a round 5" heating duct, running from floor to ceiling in the corner of the living room. Because of some odd features of the room, this took up more space than it should. What I'd really like is to replace the duct (and drywall) with a paintable rectangular duct running up the corner of the room, that would look just as good as drywall. This would have to be rugged enough to withstand small children playing in the room (e.g. not dent like typical metal duct). Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by winston on Oct 5, 2008 - 5 answers

lock in or take my chances re heating oil rate?

I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

No heating this winter: What now?

How do I keep warm this winter in an unheated apartment? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Sep 23, 2008 - 42 answers

How big a wood stove should I get?

How big a wood stove should I get? [more inside]
posted by geos on Sep 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Is bubble wrap a good insulator?

I want to seal off the staircase to the third floor of my home to save on heating bills this winter. The rooms are used for storage only now. Is bubble wrap a good insulator? I would like to let light thru but keep the heat in. My home is an old Victorian with a winding staircase.
posted by boby on Sep 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Keeping my hot side hot and my cool side crisp

When is a heat pump worth it? [warning: a bit long] [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Sticking it to the oil man

We are thinking about switching from oil heat to a geothermal system to heat and cool our 1200 sf cape in western massachusetts. If you have a geothermal system are you happy with it? Have you had any problems? How much did the conversion cost? What are the monthly costs associated with it? Do you know of a reputable installer in our area?
posted by a22lamia on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Water well and propane heating

I'm considering moving to a nice house twenty miles away from the big city I'm currently in, but the new home uses a water well--I don't know exactly what type at the moment, but let us assume I won't need a bucket--and propane for heating. What should I expect from these in regards to water quality, water pressure, cost of propane versus gas provided by public utilities, and anything else those experienced with these systems can think of.
posted by mithiirym on Jun 24, 2008 - 14 answers

Advice on solar hot water systems in the UK? What do I need to know?

Solar hot water and central heating for dummies? I'm in the UK, our (gas, combi) boiler has been rubbish since we moved in, and given that we're now looking at a new boiler we're thinking of complementing it with some sort of solar panel based solution. What should we look out for? What do we need? Can we reuse our existing radiators? What questions should we ask installation companies? [more inside]
posted by handee on Jun 23, 2008 - 7 answers

Geothermal heat on a mountain?

Geothermal heating: what happens if you live on a mountain? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Furnace vents net to sandbox. Is this bad?

High-efficiency gas furnace installed where previously there was mid-efficiency. So it vents straight out the wall while the old furnace used the chimney. The vent is right next to the sandbox. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by winston on Apr 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Is fiberglass duct board hazardous to my health?

Is fiberglass heating/cooling duct board safe? [more inside]
posted by wsg on Apr 9, 2008 - 2 answers

I'm tired of coming home to a cold house!

Which approach really burns more heating oil - keeping the house at a constant medium temperature (say, 64 degrees) or keeping it very low most of the time (58-60) but bringing it up to a higher temperature (say, 66 degrees) once or twice a day? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 4, 2008 - 11 answers

My central heating unit smells like farts

Is my central heating system killing me slowly? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Mar 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Alternatives to heating with oil

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that home heating-oil prices treble over the next five years. Would it be possible to retrofit a domestic hot-water baseboard system for an alternative fuel? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Mar 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Heating the Apple Store

How does the Apple Store keep all its heat from rushing out its open doors? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Dec 6, 2007 - 28 answers

Attention Physics Geeks: How do we improve the functioning of our in-floor radiant heat?

Physics Geeks Please Help: Is it better to turn our radiant floor heating system on and off or to let it run? My partner and I have been debating this, for days and days now. Please help us stop the hate. [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Nov 30, 2007 - 30 answers

I want to get in hot water!

NoobHomeOwnerFilter: Where do I start troubleshooting water temperature issues? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 19, 2007 - 21 answers

Best way to heat my iguana's enclosure?

I have a full-sized iguana enclosure that needs to be heated more effectively. I've been researching my options and I think that using an infrared heat panel is the best way to go, but I'm not sure what size to get for my enclosure. Reptile enthusiasts needed! [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Nov 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Why is my house using so much gas?

Why is my natural gas bill insane this month? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Oct 18, 2007 - 13 answers

My heating system: just fine or time bomb?

My forced hot air system has no return ducts. Instead, cool air falls directly into the basement, where there's a filtered intake on the side of the furnace. Are my life, health, and or selling prospects at severe risk? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Sep 20, 2007 - 9 answers

The best way to heat concrete?

What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Get me hot: residential boiler info needed.

Does my home really need a new boiler? How do I choose one? Where should I buy it? How much should I pay? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz on Jul 30, 2007 - 3 answers

Does bamboo burn?

Does bamboo burn in fireplaces and wood stoves? I'm wondering if I can use it to heat a house, since it's far more renewable than trees.
posted by Galen on Jun 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Country heat for city boy?

Househeatingfilter: Saladpants is a city boy from major east coast city, who recently moved to smaller west coast city, Portland, OR. He and Mrs. Saladpants are looking at a house which, while only 15 minutes from downtown, is essentially out in the country. This means that the house has no gas line running to it and no sewer either. In this particular house, the Saladpantses have two potential heating options: Propane or Electric. They have no experience with either, and are uncertain as to which is better. They seek opinions, wisdom and experiences of fellow mefites. [more inside]
posted by saladpants on Apr 20, 2007 - 15 answers

Is it me, or is it a little warm in here?

What form of energy is used to heat a Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Costo store, and how much does it cost per month in the winter? [more inside]
posted by colgate on Apr 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I combine two thermostats into one?

Do I need to have separate thermostats for my central air conditioning & my radiator heat? [more inside]
posted by zempf on Mar 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Cold showers

Please help me figure out what is going on with my hot water heater. I want to have a less foggy understanding of what may be wrong before I start asking either my landlord or the oil company questions. [more inside]
posted by mkb on Feb 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Why is my ConEd bill so high?

Why is my ConEd bill so high? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Feb 9, 2007 - 19 answers

How warm should my landlord keep my apartment?

I've tried Google-ing and I've done what I can manage with the archives, but I'm not finding the answer to my how-warm-is-the-landlord-obligated-to-keep-my-apartment question... [more inside]
posted by oreonax on Jan 30, 2007 - 9 answers

. . . building a home network so cool, it's HOT.

Not-My-Walls-To-Cut-Through-Filter: Anyone have experience running Cat5 through HVAC ducts? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on Jan 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Is it cheaper to heat a whole house using gas or to use an electric space heater for one room?

Will it cost less to run a gas furnace to heat the entire house or to use a space heater to heat one room? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jan 3, 2007 - 16 answers

Avoiding Open Flames

Is there any where I can buy a furnace in the DC area and pick it up today? It needs to be all electric, and not a heat pump. [more inside]
posted by juggler on Dec 21, 2006 - 9 answers

No sweater thick enough

I have a double sliding glass door in my bedroom that leads on to an enclosed porch. These doors are slightly bowed outward away from each other, which leaves a gap about the thickness of my finger in the middle. In Beijing, in December, with prepaid utilities and heating that's barely adequate to begin with, that's not a good thing for my wallet, conscience, or bodily comfort. So how can I McGuyver this gap shut? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 11, 2006 - 17 answers

Need advice on a new oil furnace

My husband and I are in the market for a new oil furnace. Help us make sure we get the right one. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Nov 8, 2006 - 4 answers

Is my building going to kill me?

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]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 5, 2006 - 19 answers

Help me make sure I'm not getting scammed...

BrrrrrFilter: It's gotten cold here in Chicago and my heater appears to be broken. Google didn't help me much probably because my knowledge of HVAC is weak. Help me find out quickly if I'm being ripped off? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Oct 13, 2006 - 15 answers

What's the minimum oil we need?

What's the minimum oil will it take to keep our new apartment warm through the winter? We're in a relatively moderate climate (Pacific Northwest). [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Ooh, it's a bit parky... in.

Brrr. Our rented Victorian flat is getting a bit nippy. Help us insulate it. [more inside]
posted by randomination on Oct 5, 2006 - 12 answers

Need a weed-wacker for my heating bills

I'm looking for a take-no-prisoners strategy to reduce home heating bills. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 14, 2006 - 9 answers

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