||01-05-2008 04:01 PM
Originally Posted by Dougit
I'm using the ventless fireplace with a blower in the living room to heat the house with the furnace set on 60 degrees. The ceiling fan in living room helps to move heat to other parts of the house. We have a carbonmonoxide detector. Can't see heating the whole house at 75 degrees when we spend most of are time in the living room. I think were saving on gas and electric.
The only savings you're realizing is because you aren't heating the entire house as your furnace would. If the thermostat is set to 60 and it's located in the area heated by the ventless fireplace, that furnace will never ignite. So in reality, your furnace heat isn't set for anything.
It would be cheaper to close the ducts to the rooms you don't want heated, and close those doors, and heat the occupied areas with your furnace.
I had a tenant who wanted her apartment warmer than the 70 degrees I'm required to provide. So she buys 3 space heaters and plugs them in, one in each room, and walks around the 80 degree apartment in her nighties. Until her electric bill for Jan / Feb came, $800.00 higher. What she failed to take into account was that her electric heaters were set higher than the wall thermostat, which means I paid nothing to heat her apartment at all.