I am interested in the replies to your post. I have been thinking about
the upcoming heating season as well.
My situation, 1YO house, 6" insulated walls w/tyvec, energy efficient
windows, Door seals good, forced hot air, one zone, 2800 sq ft.
I think my options are
- Add more blown-in insulation to attic.
- Add storm doors
- Wear a sweater and set back thermostat
- Install a programmable thermostat
Problem with programmable thermostats for us is that I work at home, my
wife's an at home mom and we home school the kids. The call for heat is
relatively constant except maybe between 1AM and 7AM.
In the 70's, when I was a kid, I remember that kerosene heaters were
popular. I have one but I'm not sure I want it in the house, I use it
to heat the garage when I'm building/fixing something. I do have a
vented natural gas fireplace. Its likely less efficient than my furnace
and only heats up the living room which we do not spend a lot of time
OK - I'm rambling - So, you want to essentially add zone control to
your existing systems. I'm not too sure that's easily accomplished but
I'm curios about the responses.