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Old 02-14-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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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

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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?

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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
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Set it on the counter and let it drain into the sink.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Dehumidifier may not work, if the area gets below freezing. Since the drain hose or the drain will tend to freeze.
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What if we put the drain hose in a sink, such as in the kitchen?
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So what is gonna stop that drain from freezing?
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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
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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.
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Most dehumidifiers will ice up when ran in lower temperatures.
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Most dehumidifiers will ice up when ran in lower temperatures.
Very true.

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