What is the best and cheapest way to heat one's home ? we have central

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Recently have had to keep C/heating on low during the night, is this safe?

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  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Dec 05, 2017
    We have central air also. One of the first things my husband did when we moved in was to buy a small gas stove. It uses natural gas. He angled it in a corner where it faces a couple of rooms. It feels good and does make a difference.
  • Inetia Inetia on Dec 05, 2017
    It‘s not only safe but there are programmable thermostats to control the day/night temperatures. If possible, closing the heat vents in bedrooms and keeping the doors closed will save on heating costs. The smaller you can make your living space the more you can save. This keeps the heat where you will spend your daytime hours. This is what I do, and I also use a tiny highly efficient electric heater in the living room. It reduces the time the furnace runs an keeps the room warmer.

    Winterizing the doors and windows is another way to save. Check under exterior doors to see if you can feel cold air coming in. If so block it with a draft roll or a rolled up towel. Check windows too and seal them off with heavy mil plastic. You can hold it in place with 2 1X1” wooden slats cut to snugly fit the length of the window frame. Lay a draft roll on the window sill, then put up the plastic with the wooden slats. Hold the slats in place with tension curtain rods at top and bottom.
  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Dec 05, 2017
    That’s a really tough question being variables in pricing changes all the time and as usual anything that’s popular to use also increases in cost down the road at some point! Even where you live compared to where others live costs can change quite a bit! When you say what’s the cheapest heating, are you asking what’s the cheapest to use or what system going to be the cheapest to buy to put in your home? Again it will depend a lot where you live and what the temps are in your area during the winter and summer months? We have a heat pump on a electric furnace since we live in the county and electricity about the only utility we have access to other then propane! I do have a Empire propane infra red heater that does run on propane that it completely safe to use in a home. It’s built with built in sensors to shut it off anytime there’s not enough oxygen as well as shut it off if there’s too much carbon monoxide. It has 5 infrared panels that glow a bright red when it’s on and puts out a lot of heat. Your uncomfortable just trying to stand within 3 feet of the front of it! I used this same heater in my RV till I sold my RV and no way was I letting this heater go with the RV and now I use this heater in my house for convenient spot heating or emergency heat. Normally these heaters are designed to mount on a wall. But I made a rolling stand my heater is mounted to and the propane tank also mounted behind the heater with a 3/4 board between the two and it’s all on rollers so it can be easily moved from room to room! These heaters claim their 99% efficient and I believe their claims are true! Heater I have I bought a good 20 years ago and still works like new! I have it connected to a 5 gal. Propane tank I believe it is? It will heat up a 20x30 room from say 40 degrees to 80 degrees in a half hours time! Does have a variable temperature knob for controlling how long it’s on. But usually I just run it on high and shut it completely off once it warms the room. Since it has a pilot light when you leave it on that consumes propane without giving off much heat. These heaters probably run around $800.00 - $1,000.00 these days! Mine does not have a fan to blow heat around but gets so hot really don’t need a fan anyway. A tank of propane will last us 2-3 weeks depends how much we use it of course! It saves us a lot of money on electricity not having to turn the furnace temp up when we’re in a cold room in the house. I love this heater and everyone that sees it running it’s the heat pumping out of it alway wanting to steal it from me! 100 times safer then using portable electric heaters that often the cord gets too hot on if used very long and will melt their cords and can start fires. I’ve had several portable heaters over the years where the cords do get very hot and have melted and started to burn my carpet on my floor! Only portable heaters I will even consider using any more are the portable heaters with the infrared tubs that glow red when the heater is on. Which do put out good heat for what they are and the cords have never got hot to the touch regardless how long their on! So that’s a good cheap portable heat source for small to medium rooms! Anyway I see if I can add a picture of my propane heater I’ve been speaking of here! Hope I’ve least gave you some ideas? If I understood your question well enough! Good luck
  • Barbara Ellis Barbara Ellis on Dec 05, 2017
    With a heat pump. When it is cold, you have heat, when it is hot, you have A/C. Set the thermostat like you like it for day heat, evening heat and also set for where you want your air conditioner to come on. After you do this, you need to do nothing. The heat pump does the rest.
  • Clair Clair on Dec 05, 2017
    They are right. It depends on where you are, whether you have gas, propane, electricity, are allowed to have built-in wood stoves in your state, a truck, strength, chainsaw, & time. I live in Alaska now, many people have wood stoves. They are great.
    Below is a good solution, especially if you just need certain rooms, costs a few pennies/ hr. for electricity, doesn’t take much space. Looks like a 1/2” thick white plastic chopping board, about 2‘ x 2‘ square, mounted few inches off the floor. We know cold air stays down, as it hits, goes behind this panel (which sits 1/2” from the wall, it gets heated. Heat rises. The cold air in the room goes down, so it is self circulating with no fans. We’ve had them, works great. Google it, do some research:

  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 05, 2017
    A friend has a house in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where it gets pretty cold. She has baseboard heaters. She was trying to cut down on her heating bills, so she shut off heat in bedrooms she didn't use, but her heat bills went up, not down. She got an energy audit. They told her that by shutting off rooms, her heating system was getting unbalanced, and in the rooms she was heating, the furnace was working even harder to keep them warm while the adjacent rooms were very cold. (The outside of the house is insulated, but between rooms it is not.)

    The upshot of it was that she turned the heat back on in the unused bedrooms, and her heating bills went back down. Now, she keeps the whole house heated, but just a little cooler, and wear a sweater, use an afghan, and sleep under a warm comforter when she wants to keep the house a bit cooler (not freezing, she keeps it about 68, and 65 at night).

    If you're nervous about leaving your heater on at night (though it doesn't say what kind) make sure you get a smoke detector and gas detector, including carbon monoxide and your heating gas, if any. First Alert makes some that are multi-detectors.
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