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Pearl Wilson, Contractor's Assistant
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We have a cottage with baseboard heating with thermostats upstairs and baseboard
heating downstairs that runs continuously. Normally in the winter we leave the
baseboard heating upstairs set at 50 degrees. This year our handyman blew out
the pipes and we are leaving the cottage without heat at all except for the part
of the basement with the water softener. That baseboard heater runs steady,
there is no thermostatic control. Our handyman told us that it is cheaper to go
with the baseboard heater without the thermostat set on low. It keeps the room
warmer than I thought was necessary. Is he right?
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:14:09 PM UTC-5, Sue wrote:
He's nuts. The more it's on, the more heat it puts out, the more you pay.
Twice the heat, twice the cost. Unless you live somewhere where there are
tiered rates, in which case if you use twice as much you would pay more th
an twice as much if you go to the higher tiered rate. I'd have a thermosta
t set to a low temp to prevent freezing.
No, he's an idiot. To raise the temperature of a room you need a given
about of energy, no matter the source or the fuel. In your case, you
can have the heat set on low, say 1000 watts for 24 hours and the cost
is the same as 2000 watts for 12 hours cycling with a thermostat, or
4000 watts for 6 hours.
On a warm day, if no heat is needed the T-stat will turn it off, his
setup will keep it going even if slow. Think of it as filling a gallon
jug with water. Turn the faucet on fast it will fill fast, turn it on
slow, it will take longer. In either case, the result is a gallon of
replying to Sue, Iggy wrote:
He's very wrong to have it run regardless. But, he's very right to always
maintain the same temperature...this is true with any heating system. However,
the only way to make maintaining a set temperature work efficiently is to have a
thermostat that tells the unit to kick on only as needed.
I agree with the others HOWEVER>>>>
Check to see what he really means.
For example, in my wife's studio there is a 220v baseboard heater that
simply has a knob that can be set continuously high through low.
When she is not in there she keeps it set to low. It's not a calibrated
thermostat but it will turn off if the temp. goes over it's set point.
If that's what he's referring to it's OK.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 4:26:30 PM UTC-5, philo wrote:
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Maybe, except for the part where she says whatever it is that's without a
thermostat (or precise temp control, per your point), it keeps the house
warmer than they think is necessary. Anytime you're running electric
heat and keeping it warmer than necessary, it can run up some big bills
fast. But I agree, we don't know at lot here and it's not explained
well. Does she mean the choices are leaving the thermostat upstairs on
50F or leaving the heater in just a small utility room running on low,
like you say? If that's the case, i agree, it could very well be less
expensive to keep a small room well above freezing, instead of the whole
place at 50F. Best would be to put a small electric heater, even a plug-in
one in the room that can be set to ~40F. If you spent $35 on one of those
it could be less than running electric to keep that room at 60F all winter,
that's for sure. Plus think of the carbon and the whales saved.
I bet if you look in there High to Low is actually a thermostat but it
is only looking at the heat right there. If it gets warm enough, that
will turn off.
I had 2 of those wall pack toaster wire heaters here for years.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:37:16 PM UTC-5, Dean Hoffman wrote:
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Or just drain it like everything else. IDK if there are issues with draini
a water softener compared to any other tank, but if not, drain it. It also
solves the problem of what happens with a cabin if it loses power in a
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