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Old 04-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #16
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Thanks for the info Beenthere. When you say "unconditioned space" what does that mean? May layout is a "raised Bungalow" type with the furnace in the laundry room in basement at one end of the house, the ducts leading off the main duct then branch out towards the rooms upstairs & downstairs. Don't know if this helps any!

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Old 04-03-2009, 11:30 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info Beenthere. When you say "unconditioned space" what does that mean?


Crawl spaces, etc, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Install...ing_insulation
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:30 PM   #19
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As kenmac said. Crawlspace, attic, etc, is unconditioned.

but, even your basement will absorb a bit more heat from hotter duct work.
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In theory it may cost more with longer cycles as in Canada we don't seal our ducts with mastic and insulation. More air/heat will leak from the joints over the longer run time. Extra radiated heat is welcome in our basements.
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With your kind of cold winters. Some heat in the basement helps keep the feet from freezing when they walk on the floor above the basement.
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Thats why we wear slippers and groan "snuggies"
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Thats why we wear slippers and groan "snuggies"
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All electric heat is very costly to operate. You should concider adding a heat pump to your system. This can save a lot of $ in the long run. Do you have A/C on the system now?
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Hi JohnH1. No, no A/C. Excuse my ignorance, but what is a heat pump, and what does that do?
BTW, I'm not 100% sure, but I MIGHT have found a cause for the latest bill being higher than expected... There is a baseboard heater in the garage workshop (insulated) However, I haven't been using this workshop and the doors into the garage have been open all winter. Garage is unheated, 12' walls, and a few weeks back I went into the workshop to find that the thermostat, although "OFF", its contacts were not separated,(just wear I guess) hence it has been running for God knows how long, trying to heat what is in effect a double garage! The heater is quite long (I'm guessing about 6' + so I can only guess that it had literally been running for weeks so now my question is: Are baseboard heaters hard on the electric and am I right in thinking that this MAY be a contributary factor in my latest bill? Thanks!!
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Depends on what watt they are.

A 6 footer could be 2000 or more watts.

So, if its a 2,000 watt heater, and has been on 24/7. It used 24KWs per day, everyday.

30days x 24KW = 720 extra KWs a month.
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That heater definitely will drive up your bill! Some of those thermostats do not have an off position, only a 50 degf lowest setting. In some cases that is a failsafe so no one accidentally turns it off and freezes up a house. You can get an electrician to install one with an off position. A heat pump is essentially a air conditoner with a reverse cycle to put heat into a house instead of cooling. Only works good in Southern Ontario and BC. Drastically lose their efficiency/output below 32 degf and you know what our average winter temps are.
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Thanks guys, for all the info! I will have to get that garage thing checked out and disconnected. That way there'll be no more screwups! With regard to the winter temps here, OMG winter's never gonna end this year! We have some light snow again today, but on the plus side it's going to get up to about 3 - 4 degrees from tomorrow! YAY!!
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We sent that lovely mess over to you, LOL. It is going to melt quickly here by the weekend and this is the year of the ICE Jam on the Red River. Should be real interesting to see how that works out.
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Oh that Ice Jam, looks like it could be a bugger. I think it's due to send down it's verdict, around this weekend. Not a nice situation

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