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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

I'm an oil virgin. Please help!

Home Heating Oil question. I've never lived in a house heated by oil, so I have no idea how the whole thing works. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 4, 2006 - 16 answers

In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics

What can we do to get more air from the air conditioning (and the heat in the winter) to the back of the house? [more inside]
posted by winston on Jul 29, 2006 - 17 answers

Looking for a

8 unit condo in Jersey City needs an energy (HVAC, heating) consultant to look at our boiler and heating system and advise us on how to lower our heating bills. We are keen to consider green options but economy is the main criterion. Thank you for your recommendations and advice. [more inside]
posted by johoney on Jul 20, 2006 - 1 answer

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

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