I have a genuinely large, genuinely seasoned house that is strenuous to heat; The heat tends to rise straight up to the ceiling, if I climb up on a ladder, the temperature is nice and warm.
Down near the floor, the room feels frigid.
Turning up the control device puts more wear and tear on the oil furnace and costs myself and others a fortune in energy bills. It doesn’t make much improvement in comfort. There’s actually insufficient insulation in the walls, because I guess drafts of outdoor air coming in. I’m suspicious that all of the windows in the lake house should be replaced. They are old, single-pane and most likely leaking air. I’d appreciate to tear my lake house down to the bare studs and start over. I’d make sure to install Energy Star rated windows, add lots of insulation and get rid of the duct system. Those outdated ducts take up a ton of space, collect contaminants, degrade air quality and are honestly allowing my heated air to escape. I’d also throw out the forced air oil furnace. I’m sleepy of decreasing filters, paying for maintenance and dealing with temperature stratification, dust and noisy operation. I would like to install a boiler in the basement and radiant heating throughout the whole house. The boiler would supplyoverheatedwater, pumping it through a series of pipes hidden beneath the floor. These pipes would then spread heat evenly from wall to wall, and because of the heat originating at floor level, the highest temperature would be found within lower half of the room. I could lower the control device setting, save money and appreciate more even comfort, however a hydronic heating method requires genuinely little upkeep, makes no noise and doesn’t blow pollutants into the air, then unfortunately, I can’t afford to tear up the floors or replace a working oil furnace.