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siovader 02-14-2013 03:57 PM

Tin Walls and Ceilings
Last year we purchased a summer home on the northeastern coast of Maine. The house was built in 1899, and has tin walls and ceilings. A few people told us that we need to run the heat all winter, at a low setting, to avoid condensation due to temperature extremes, which could cause the tin to rust. The oil bills are killing us.

We would like to simply leave the heat off. Can anyone comment on the condensation issue? Will that really be a problem, or is that just a theory? Thanks

joecaption 02-14-2013 04:18 PM

Lack of insulation in the attic impropper ventalation in the roof, no vaper barrer on the ground if there's a crawl space would be some reasons.
If humitys an issue why not just run a dehumidifier?

siovader 02-14-2013 04:28 PM

I've thought about a dehumidifier. However, most have a tank that fills and must be emptied. And, we do not live there during the winter

joecaption 02-14-2013 04:33 PM

Set it on the counter and let it drain into the sink.

hyunelan2 02-14-2013 04:33 PM

Most dehumidifiers also have a drain bung that you can attach a typical garden hose - then run that into a drain and call it a day.

oh'mike 02-14-2013 04:34 PM

1899???? My guess would be that the house has survived many winters without heat without issue.

Was the house always occupied before you purchased it or was it a summer home during its lifetime?

siovader 02-14-2013 04:38 PM

The house was occupied for some winters, and unoccupied for others. The previous owner said that sometimes she left the heat off, and other years left it on. Thanks for the tip about the dehumidifier drain hose. We probably will look for a good unit and set it up that way. Has to be cheaper than $4.00/gallon heating oil. We also planned to fix the attic ventilation and install some more insulation.

beenthere 02-17-2013 11:52 AM

Dehumidifier may not work, if the area gets below freezing. Since the drain hose or the drain will tend to freeze.

siovader 02-17-2013 12:18 PM

Drain Freezing
What if we put the drain hose in a sink, such as in the kitchen?

beenthere 02-17-2013 12:20 PM

So what is gonna stop that drain from freezing?

siovader 02-18-2013 07:14 AM

We may have to keep the heat on very low, say, 40 degrees. We are still looking for ideas, which is why I posted this. Thanks

NestHI 02-18-2013 07:27 AM

If it hasn't rusted in 100+ years it probably won't now. I would assume there have been many winters where there was no heat. Besides the properties within tin prohibit rust.

PoleCat 02-18-2013 08:13 AM

Most dehumidifiers will ice up when ran in lower temperatures.

NestHI 02-18-2013 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1119591)
Most dehumidifiers will ice up when ran in lower temperatures.

Very true.

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