Heating with WoodThis page is about heating with wood. Money can be saved when heating with firewood or pellets, but there is maintenance to keep your stove and chimney efficient, safe and clean.
Keeping a Trailer Warm?This is a page about keeping a trailer warm. Trailers aren't insulated as well as traditional homes and can be hard to heat during cold winter months. Here are some tips for keeping a trailer warm.
Heating Your Home With Your Clothes DryerThis is a page about heating your home with your clothes dryer. The high cost of heating my have you considering using the exhaust from your dryer to help heat your home.
Making Newspaper LogsMaking your own newspaper logs, is a great way to recycle those old papers and keep warm too. You don't need any special equipment to get started. This is a page about making newspaper logs.
Cleaning Geothermal Home Heating System?I have an open loop geothermal heating system. It was supposed to have an "acid flush/wash" a year ago.
How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?Keeping your furnace filter clean and replacing it as needed will increase the efficiency of your furnace. This is a page about "How often should you change your furnace filter?".
Chemical Odor from New AC/Heat Pump Makes Me Ill?I have bug spray like smell coming out of a brand new AC heat pump system, through new ductwork. I never use any poisons in the house or attic. What is the culprit in my system? It causes my head to spin and my heart races as soon as heat, cool, or fan comes on.
Heating Your Home With a Corn FurnaceBurning shelled corn in a proper furnace can save you money. This is field corn with a low moisture content and usually used to feed livestock. This is a page about heating your home with a corn furnace.
Furnace Blowing Cold Air?It may be time to call a repairman when your furnace is not warming up. This is a page about furnace blowing cold air.
Benefits of Getting a New FurnaceThere can be a real benefit to replacing an old less efficient furnace with a new one. Make sure you do your research before making a decision. This is a page about the benefits of getting a new furnace.
Solar Heating PorchThis page is about solar heating porch. Making use of passive solar warmth can help you save on heating costs.
Furnace Maintenance TipsThis page contains furnace maintenance tips. Keeping your heating and cooling unit working efficiently requires scheduled attention.
Changing a Furnace FilterThis page is about changing a furnace filter. To keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible, it is important to regularly change the air filter.
Using Fire Logs?This page is about using fire logs. Presto logs can be burned in your wood stove or fireplace.
Covering Heat RegistersThis page is about covering heat registers. Sometimes you need to block the air coming through a heater duct vent.
Energy Efficient Home Heating OptionsThis is a page about energy efficient home heating options. Heating is the largest energy expense in your home, accounting for between 35-70 percent of your costs.
Homemade HumidifierThis page is about a homemade humidifier. Heated indoor air can be too dry and additional moisture is helpful.
Using a Kerosene HeaterThis page is about using a kerosene heater. It's important to know a few things about operating this kind of heater.
Winter Heating TipsThis page contains winter heating tips. There are ways to reduce your heating needs when the weather gets cold.
Frugal Tips for Keeping Warm in the WinterThis page contains frugal tips for keeping warm in the winter. When the cold weather comes there are ways to keep yourself warmer without raising the thermostat.
Heating an Addition on a House?My husband and I have recently built on a 14' x 24' addition. We are not finished with it yet and we have not broken through to our existing house. The addition is built on sonotubes and is on top of our entrance to our cellar and crawlspace.
Heating a Partially Finished Basement?I have an 11 year old, fairly well insulated 2 story home (1700 Sq ft). I am planning to install a pellet stove soon. I have a forced hot air system (heat and A/C). My basement is "semi-finished" meaning I'm in the process of insulating the cement walls.
Buying Coal For Home Use?Where can I purchase coal for my stove? I need a supplier in the Cleveland Ohio area.
Repairing a Radiator Valve?I rent an apartment that has the old-fashioned cast iron radiators in Brooklyn (which means it's freezing right now and the heat is on 24/7). I've been noticing steam coming out of the valve at the end of the radiator, so today I went to investigate and the whole thing popped off.
Fuse Blows When Using Heatpump in Heat Mode?The fuse on the electrical board at my home that controls the air conditioner/heater (heatpump) trips off within 30 minutes of my turning it on. It was working fine in the cooling mode. What could be the problem? How do I change the fuse?
Installing Baseboard Heaters?I have been trying to find out how many watts of baseboard heaters can be put on one 20 amp breaker. Thanks
Recommendations for Replacing Baseboard Heaters?I am thinking of replacing the old type of baseboard heaters. Could someone give me the best type of units to go with, I definitely need one A.S.A.P. The one I am replacing is about 8 feet long. Thank you.
Install a Programmable ThermostatLast year we replaced our old thermostat with a new programmable one. Since we're here, and awake at different times, we've not set it for basic times to run, so we just hit the buttons when we walk by. It's quicker to shut on and off than our old thermostat.
Looking For Information About Geothermal Heating?I am interested in Geothermal heating for my home. I am looking for information from others who have this type of heating and how they feel about the decision they made having it installed.
Burning JavalogsDuring Christmas we experienced some very cold weather. We have a fireplace and have not used it because firewood has been high in our area, plus my husband has asthma and we do not like to burn some types of wood.
Advice For Heating Home With Multiple Heating Zones?I have a two story home with multiple heating zones. The upstairs bedrooms are on a separate heating zone. the first floor floor plan is an open design with the den open to the second floor (no ceiling).
Mr. Slim Heating/Cooling Unit?Does anyone have knowledge or experience regarding the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim heating/air conditioning system? I have total electric and we're wondering if it would be any savings to install one Mr. Slim unit (which goes high up in the wall) to use instead of our baseboard heat in each room. Would appreciate any info. Thanks so much.
Metal Frame Holder?I am looking for suggestions to make a frame holder similar to the one in the attached photo. The originals are from Pottery Barn and are no longer available. They slide on the pole and are tightened to remain in place and hold the frame.
Radiant Heating Advice?I am looking for information on radiant heating. How warm does it get? How cost effective is it and can you heat a home in the mountains comfortably?
Inexpensive Heating for a Cabin?We use our lake cabin all of June, July and Aug, with only day visits to open and close it in May and October. We've had it for 39 years and have NEVER used heat of any kind. However we now can't get NC insurance without a whole house heating system. What is the cheapest arrangement that would "pass muster"?
Think Heating Not Cooling in the Summer MonthsHeating a home can be a pricey task. With oil costs on the constant rise, a home heating bill can often be exorbitant. Yet, there are some ways to reduce the cost and now is the time to do it.
Keeping Warm When the Thermostat is DownSnuggling under electric heated throws and electric blankets lets you turn down the thermostat and saves on the high cost of heating your home.
Draft Stoppers for Windows?I want to make draft stoppers to lay at the base of my windows. The idea is to sew a tube of fabric and fill it with something to hold its form. The question is what can I stuff it with that will fill in that right angle between the window and the ledge; and, I hope, be washable.
Energy Efficient Thermostat?I want to install a energy efficient thermostat, one that will turn on the heat in the morning, down while I'm at work, then back on in the afternoon, and then back down at night. Is this something that I can do myself or is it something I will need to hire an electrician for?
Heating Advice For A Drafty Farm House?My elderly mother lives in the country in an old, drafty farm house and heats with a wood stove since she is on a fixed income. She is getting to the point of not being able to handle the wood.
Keep Your Radiators CleanNow that the cold weather is here you want to do everything possible to make sure that your heat in your house is reaching its potential. Make sure you brush out your heating radiators.
Taming A Snake To Keep Out DraftsDrafts from under doors or windows can be blocked by laying a handmade "snake" across the crack. Make a tube out of material or use a knee sock or several socks sewn together. Stuff the sock with any bulky material, and then sew up the open end.
Free Kindling For The AskingIf winter comes and you still haven't gathered a good supply of dry kindling, see whether your supermarket will give you some of the waxed cardboard boxes that are used to ship fresh vegetables to market. Cut them into strips of convenient size with a utility knife. You'll find that 3 or 4 (3x4-inch) pieces are probably enough to ignite small logs.
But as a word of CAUTION, if you use too much you take the chance of producing a very quick, hot blaze that could trigger a chimney fire.
Reflecting Heat Back Into A RoomIf you have radiators in your home, place a metal reflector behind each one to bounce heat into the center of the room.
High Humidity for Winter ComfortKeep the moisture level of your home relatively high during the winter, either with a humidifier or with lots of plants. Higher humidity makes the body feel warmer.
Prevent Buildup of Scale in HumidifiersPut vinyl magnets in the well of humidifiers and it will prevent buildup of scale. Use Refrigerator pictures, Magnetic Calendars/business cards etc. I have used this in both Furnace and Room units.
Saving Money on Heating Your HomeTips and advice to heat your home for less this winter as suggested from the ThriftyFun community. To help heat our home, we winterize by covering all the windows with the plastic made especially for them.
Fast Heating Fuel SavingsA winter storm is quickly approaching and you listen to the roar of the furnace as it works to heat your home. With every cold snap you count pennies burning away in your home's heating system.
Rising Heating Costs?We have propane heat. Heating costs are suppossed to go up by 70% this year. What are simple things that we can do to save money but keep our home warm?
Firewood Buying and Storing TipsIt's always best to shop for firewood before you need it. Sometimes you can find great deals in the spring and summer, before people are thinking about cool weather and warming their home.
How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?I'm hoping someone can settle a dispute between my husband and I. I really just want him to see it in print, then maybe it'll sink in. How often does everyone change their furnace filter during the winter months? He changes ours twice a year and really honestly believes that it is often enough.
Cold Air Coming Out Of Heater Vents?I always have cold air blowing out of my floor registers from my oil heat furnace and it's not even turned on. I turned the heat on today and I get the warm air then followed by the cold. Any ideas? I had a plummer come to fix the same thing last year. Guess it didn't work.
Changing Furnace Air Filter?I live in a mobile home and have a Coleman heat and air unit; it is all electric. My home is very dusty, yet every time I change the filter there's not a speck of dust on it.
Hydrosil Heating Question?Does anyone have any advice about buying HydroSil heaters? I'm looking for a way to lower my propane heating costs at my fishing cabin in Missouri. Thanks.
Safety of Kerosene Heaters?I live in a older mobile home. My boyfriend's boss gave him a kerosene heater. It warms up the place nicely. My question is are they safe? We just use it in evening. At bed time we have hot blankets.
Changing a Furnace Filter?My furnace filter is between the furnace and the humidifier. The filter is installed upright. Should the arrow point to the furnace or to the humidifier?
Keeping a Trailer Warm?I live in a old trailer that doesn't have heat. We have space heaters but can only run one at time or it throws the breaker. It's only really cold about 2 months out of the year here but is there anything else I can do to help warm the place up? Thanks for any help.