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Old 01-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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Cold House, Diagnosing a Heating System

  • Went with R-38 worth of blown-in cellulose - which "bought" us about ten degrees vs. where we were at before
  • But, when temps dropped into the teens, the house temperature fell again. When outside hit 10 degrees, the temperature inside hit 58.
  • An inspector found that our thermostat is entirely decorative - the control board on the boiler is partially broken - we've just been manually controlling it from the board and the heat is fine. The inspector also drained a lot of water out of the system - which was black - to clean that up.
  • Of course, we're still running with a 34yr old boiler and, come summer, an 18yr old A/C - exploring geothermal costs since both the boiler and the A/C could easily die this year.



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