I am sure these questions are going to become more frequent with the
price of natural gas this winter. Right now its at 1.65 per therm
delivered to my area (and its going to go UP!), in the coldest months
my house uses about 380 therms for the month (so I am looking at
heating bills that will run from 400-630 for 4 months out of the year).
I am looking for some ideas to cut down on my usage (other than the
standard things which I have done, windows, doors, insulation etc).
My house is basically a 'great room' about 25 feet high with 3
bedrooms hanging off it. I have programmable thermostats on
Initially I have 2 questions.
I have 3 large ceiling fans, reversible fans which are DC powered by
transformers. I could leave them on all summer blowing down, but I
was wondering if I could get a thermostat and put it at the ceiling so
they turn on in reverse at a preset temp to blow the hot air down. Has
anyone ever seen anything like this?
Right now my house is heated by a gas boiler / water system. I have a
fireplace which is not a brick one, It uses a fabbed hearth (heat
resistant material) with a metal ductwork chimney (I am not sure what
this type 'fireplace' is called). I was thinking of getting a
pellet fireplace insert to supplement my gas heating. Its located in
the great room and I could turn off the zones (or keep them way down)
leaving on only those zones in the outlying reaches of my house. I am
trying to get a grasp if it's really worth it though considering the
initial outlying investment. I initially was thinking of pellets over
wood since from what I have read they seem a bit easier to keep filled
and are cleaner.
I wouldn't mind some feedback on the pellets, I know the drawbacks
that they won't work with no power (I don't have that now) and they
are a little noisy. I am looking for things like how often you fill
and clean it, how much pellets you go through, do they have those fake
ceramic logs to make it look like a real fire, etc. etc.
Thanks in advance for your input.