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BBQ Pug... I hope not!

When you place a T-bone steak on the BBQ it starts to cook from the outside. But what about my dog? [more inside]
posted by paterg on Jul 12, 2006 - 26 answers

How much does an A/C unit cost?

Any idea how much a new combination electric A/C and gas heater costs? Our house is approximately 1450 square feet.
posted by jayder on Jun 28, 2006 - 1 answer

Really thick socks

Tomorrow I sign a lease for a huge old house built in the 1800's, and I am worried about how much oil will be required to heat the place. How can this be predicted without appropriate historical data? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on May 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Central Boiler, Dry Air

How can I keep my apartment humid with the window open? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Feb 11, 2006 - 20 answers

Experienced GeoExchange?

Has anyone had experience with geothermal heat pumps? My gas bills are crazy high. [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Jan 2, 2006 - 4 answers

Five Minutes from 38 Gallons?

WaterHeaterFilter: How much shower-time should I expect from my new electric water heater? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 22, 2005 - 16 answers

How do I heat my home uniformly?

Homeheatingfilter: How do I heat the first floor of my house without sweltering upstairs? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground on Dec 13, 2005 - 10 answers

unexplained pressure differential

My old apartment had extremely leaky single-pane windows, so in the winter my roommate and I would always cover them with tightly sealed heat-shrink plastic film. Why would the plastic nearly always be bulging inward? [more inside]
posted by Galvatron on Dec 10, 2005 - 18 answers

Help me keep warm this winter

Our (rented) house seems to have been built without insulation. Tips on keeping the house as warm as possible this winter? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie on Dec 9, 2005 - 31 answers

Help me not waste water..

watersalvagefilter: Ideas to save water from an inevitable shower.. [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone on Nov 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Sun Twin Electric Heater?

We're looking for ways to beat the high cost of natural gas this year. Anybody have any experience with the Sun Twin space heater? Additional advertising page here . I've heard about this electric heater from a couple of sources, but can't find any independent verification that it lives up to the claims made in the advertising. Anybody know of this thing?
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 21, 2005 - 10 answers

Should I sign a natural gas contract?

Should I sign a natural gas contract? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Oct 18, 2005 - 5 answers

How do radiators work?

How do radiators heat my apartment? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Oct 5, 2005 - 7 answers

Hot Air Heating System Grilles.

Hot-air heating systems...anyone in the UK know a stockist of spare parts for 'central-air' systems in the UK? [more inside]
posted by mattr on Sep 26, 2005 - 1 answer

Thermostat replacement?

Installing a new thermostat for electric baseboard heat - can you help? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Sep 25, 2005 - 5 answers

How to investigate a faulty pilot light?

What might cause a hot water boiler's pilot light to repeatedly go out? We've replaced the thermocouple, inspected the pilot assembly, and had the boiler cleaned. Twice. [more inside]
posted by zogbie on Aug 17, 2005 - 6 answers

Heat Pump vs Standard

Our air conditioner is going out and has to be replaced. We are likely going to replace it with two standard units as the single unit has never heated or cooled the entire house evenly. The heating/air guy said that would be ideal but would cost 8-10 thousand vs 4 thousand or less if we just bought a new 5 ton unit. However the electric company is offering to loan people the money if they want to buy heat pumps. Not having a lot of extra money right now, that is tempting IF heat pumps are likely to do the job, which I am not sure about. [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs on Jul 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Can I get notifications of power outages by e-mail?

Our dog stays at home while we're out working. She does fine and has people walking her on most days, but with the generally unreliable nature of electric power on hot Virginia days, I worry that the house may lose power and heat up to an uncomfortable temperature while my wife and I are at work. Does anyone have any experience with an inexpensive, easy-to-setup way for me to get an e-mail alert if the power goes out or the temperature gets to a certain point? This looks neat, but if the house loses power it won't do me much good.
posted by laze on Jul 26, 2005 - 17 answers

Church heating question

BTUFilter II: I'm looking for any input on replacing a steam boiler, which is cracked, with a hot water unit. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Jun 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Heat Pump or AC in the ATL?

Owning a home is fun! Our latest adventure in homemaking involves our heating and cooling system, so we're having to make some long-term decisions with very little first-hand experience. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Apr 22, 2005 - 3 answers

What'st he best way for me to setup heating in my basement without getting a feedback loop of thermostats?

Our 1200 sq. ft. partially finished basement is cold. There is insulation in the ceiling, and the windows are pretty new. Our thermostat is upstairs, so when the upstairs is comfortable, the basement is about 5-10 degrees cooler (a guess), even though there are heating vents in each room.

Can I just hook up a squirrel fan and pump warm air from the ground floor downstairs? Cut more vents in the ducts? Any other possible cheap/simple solutions?

I get the gnawing feeling that I'm stepping into a complex feedback loop problem--if I install a second thermostat, then the two thermostats duke it out until one of them wins or becomes skynet. Bonus points if you can point me to a place online where I can ask these questions and not get my head ripped off by HVAC professionals.
posted by mecran01 on Jan 22, 2005 - 15 answers

How do I read the dipstick on my home heating oil tank?

How much oil is left in my 300 gallon underground home heating oil tank? I stuck the measuring stick in, and it came up wet from 15" on down. Assuming a standard, what is the general rule(r) of thumb?
posted by ValveAnnex on Dec 13, 2004 - 7 answers

Home Heating

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"?
posted by davy on Dec 13, 2004 - 10 answers

Why are radiators so often painted white?

Why are radiators (the things connected to your hot water system that heat a room) usually painted white, when white is the worst colour for heat radiation?
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 13, 2004 - 19 answers

Home Heating

For all of you who live in Northern states/areas that get very cold in the winter--what temperature do you leave your house or apartment at in the wintertime when you're home (I don't mean during the day when you go to work and turn it down, etc.)? I'm having an argument with someone who thinks that "normal people leave the thermostat at 65 degrees in the winter."
posted by fabesfaves on Dec 13, 2004 - 76 answers

Radiator Help

RadiatorFilter. I live in a student flat in the UK built in the last two years, that has a radiator with a large turning knob and a small dial on the end of the knob. How am I supposed to set it? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Dec 2, 2004 - 11 answers

House Heating

Heating question. I have a new home. It has a forced air furnace. I generally keep the thermostat set at 69 degrees. My roommate keeps bumping it to 72. Will this make a dramatic increase in the cost of the heating bill? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Nov 30, 2004 - 23 answers

Kerosene space heater?

"Winter is icumen in, lhude sing 'Goddamm' ...
Was thinking of augmenting my rickety ol' furnace by getting a portable kerosene space heater for inside the house. Bad idea or unfairly maligned by price-gouging gas & electric companies?
posted by RavinDave on Oct 31, 2004 - 5 answers

good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater?

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.)
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2004 - 8 answers

Warming Up

Advice on heating a room.. (MI) [more inside]
posted by jalexei on Sep 14, 2004 - 3 answers

Storm Windows

Storm Windows. I need to replace my home storm windows to save on heating costs but want to avoid toxic vinyl windows which seem to be what everyone says is "good". Any recommendations for good storm windows that are not vinyl?
posted by stbalbach on May 26, 2004 - 4 answers

Thermostat Question

Are there any programmable or automatic thermostats that can keep a house within a certain temperature range, and not just at a certain point? For example, I don't want to set the temperature at 72°F, but have the air conditioner come on at 73°F and the heater come on at 71°F. I'd prefer a range of six degrees or so, so that the air conditioner comes on if the temperature rises above 74°F, and the heater if it falls below 68°F, or something like that. I don't pay enough attention to it now, so the temperature swings too much and it's bad for items in the house. Can't some technology do this for me?
posted by mdeatherage on Apr 1, 2004 - 9 answers

Which direction should I point the louvres from my heating/ac vents?

Which direction should I point the louvres from my heating/ac vents? [more inside]
posted by crawl on Feb 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Home Heating

What's the best way to warm up inside your house? My roommate keeps the temp. far too low in my apartment to the point that my space heater has little effect on clearing out the cold. Any advice to stay warm?
posted by drezdn on Jan 22, 2004 - 30 answers

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