We had 2 gas wall *furnaces* that heated the part of the living
room/bedrooms near one, and another room/laundry room for another.
We've never had central air in this house. At one point we had a floor
furnace where one of the wall furnaces is now located.
There is a larger room on the back of this house that only has 2
baseboard heaters, and we have a wood burning stove in that room. We've
always been cold in the winter with the furnaces and baseboard heaters.
The wood stove works nicely, but it has to be constantly monitored as
to what the fire is doing (do I need to open the flue more or less/add
wood/turn logs, etc.)
I've tried several types of space heaters for rooms that don't get
heated well otherwise and these radiator oil heaters have been the best
heaters I've ever used, and 2 heated the entire house before we even lit
the pilot light on the main wall furnace.
I personally think 55 is too cold, especially the older you get, to be
comfortable. We keep it in the upper 60s. But, I do have electric
heaters (heater/exhaust fan/light/night light) in both bathrooms for
nice toasty showers and baths. Had them in our bathrooms in my previous
house too. We wouldn't have it any other way.
On Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:50:54 PM UTC-5, Art Todesco wrote:
Up until this year, 67-68 was fine for us. Now, 68-69 seems to be the
I wonder if anyone has factored the aging population and associated
increase in thermostat settings into the global warming equation. ;-)
"Vlad Lescovitz" wrote in message
The wife doesn't like the house being set at 55 degrees
so she (and the teen) take long showers, only leaving
the bathroom when the 50 gallon hotwater tank runs cold.
My propane hotwater heater is set to something like 135 degrees.
That means a lot of hot water is going down the drain.
I wonder - is there a calculation done on how much
energy it takes to heat 50 gallons of water with propane
versus how much energy it takes to heat a house by 5
degrees with propane?
Maybe it is cheaper to just heat the house more?
MY house is 74 and at time I am not happy with that
I haven't read all the replies and I'll leave the personal opinion out. Why
not just zone out the bathroom with its own thermostat? Limit it to certain
times. Or get one of those in wall heaters with a timer?
When you take a shower, most of the
heat of the water is released into the
air in the form of heat or humidity.
The water that goes down the drain is Luke
warm. And even that heat is not totally
lost as it heats the pipes in the wall.
By the time the waste water leaves
your house, it has given up most of the
heat. Enjoy the hot shower. It is
one of the true benefits of modern life.
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