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post #11 of 34 Old 12-02-2008, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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I assume you have some insurance on the house and if you do, you cannot claim damages if the heat is turned off and the pipes freeze.
Im not sure how that works... we rent the place and our landlord has insurance on the place but we just have renters insurance to cover our own property, I guess I don't even want to flirt with the possibility of freezing pipes. I don't think I will drop the place below 60/62... Doesnt it take a lot of energy to get it back up to temp? Last year I lived in an apartment so the heat was included.


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we can't turn the heat off all together otherwise it would freeze over extended periods... last night it was 14 degrees F out and a bit breezy. Freezing would equal bursting water pipes and an all around mess. Thanks for your input though!!!

3 neighs- totally JEALOUS!!!!! Lol growing up we had a wood furnace and I would have it steaming...lol. Now were we live it is gas.


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Is your furance relatively new or an older one.? Like what is the efficiency of your furnace? If it is an older model say a coal conversion
(natural Gas) probably 40 to 50% of the heating exchange is going up the chimmney.
It would be a big benefit to install a Hi efficiency furnace of at least 97%
It could pay for itself in 5 yrs. With the savings on the gas bill. And if you
Have other appliances vented into the chimmney it should be lined down to the size of the other appliances flu pipes. (example would be a hot water tank)

Now I am not a big believer in heat pumps where you live because a H.P.
Is not efficent at temperatures below 35 degrees F. Heat Pumps are a different animal so to speak. Geo-Thermal would be Ok, but the prices
When I was putting them in started at $12,000 dollars and went up from there.

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Im not sure how that works... we rent the place and our landlord has insurance on the place but we just have renters insurance to cover our own property, I guess I don't even want to flirt with the possibility of freezing pipes. I don't think I will drop the place below 60/62... Doesnt it take a lot of energy to get it back up to temp? Last year I lived in an apartment so the heat was included.
do not try to make up a difference of 10 degrees. You will lose
All those dollars you are trying to save.

Ah a renter. If the pipes freeze and burst, the landlord possible could make you pay
For the repairs. The price would depend on wheather you have galvanized , copper, or PVC
Or CPVC, water pipes. And the price of a plumber.

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Is your furance relatively new or an older one.? Like what is the efficiency of your furnace? If it is an older model say a coal conversion
(natural Gas) probably 40 to 50% of the heating exchange is going up the chimmney.
It would be a big benefit to install a Hi efficiency furnace of at least 97%
It could pay for itself in 5 yrs. With the savings on the gas bill. And if you
Have other appliances vented into the chimmney it should be lined down to the size of the other appliances flu pipes. (example would be a hot water tank)

Now I am not a big believer in heat pumps where you live because a H.P.
Is not efficent at temperatures below 35 degrees F. Heat Pumps are a different animal so to speak. Geo-Thermal would be Ok, but the prices
When I was putting them in started at $12,000 dollars and went up from there.
It is an OLD furnace... but since we rent we can't do too much for it. We got the landlord to have someone come in and do a tune-up on it (it was making weird noises) if it was my place I would have a new one installed. We have put plastic on our windows to help with the nice breezy stuff. There is also a fireplace in the place but it was was leaking cold air really bad... so we climbed up there and plastic wrapped the top (and didnt use the fireplace...lol) But last night we had the flume adjusted so that it shuts properly, no more air leak!!!.

It is a small place (like 1000 square feet) so Im hoping it wont take much to heat it all winter...


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Do you have the CO2 detectors in your house?

With an older furnace It would be a good Idea, in case the heat exchanger is cracked.

A fireplace with bad dampers will cause your heating bill to sky rocket. So that is good you got that blocked off

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Im incredibly hot natured so I like the house to be at about 68. Unfortunately I am sweating it out this year because of my 4 month old baby at 71 degrees.
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The recommendation over here is ca. 18C/64.5F but if keep my heating so low I start freeze. I tend to keep something around 22-24C/71.5-75F.

Still remeber that you can save a pretty lot of heating costs if you keep your heating so low as possible.

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Do you have the CO2 detectors in your house?

With an older furnace It would be a good Idea, in case the heat exchanger is cracked.

A fireplace with bad dampers will cause your heating bill to sky rocket. So that is good you got that blocked off
Yup we have a CO2 detector... we would have wanted one anyway but in order for my landlord to get a license to rent one had to be installed (which we did)... we just replaced the batteries the other day (plus it is hard wired). Ya I was excited to have a fireplace but it sure was drafty...oh well I guess


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Have you looked into the gas fireplace inserts?

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Have you looked into the gas fireplace inserts?
We looked but it doesnt pay to buy since it isnt our place... the landlord never even used her fireplace. It was funny cause we mentioned how drafty it was and she was like "its always been that way"... But it didnt make it right. Im guessing it will save quite a bit over time having it adjusted to shut right. Im just hoping this winter goes by fast!!!!


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