How do you heat your home and keep Heating prices low?

With natural gas prices rocketing sky high – what are you doing to keep your heating bills at a minimal? Any unique ideas to heat up your place without giving up your arm this coming winter?

Currently we have an air-forced duct system in place. I really hate it, the heat does not distribute evenly throughout the house and despite of having a so-called humidifier installed
into the system, we still have excessive dry air.

I really liked those old water based – radiator heaters, it minimized static and really kept homes warm — whatever happen to those?

Anyway, give me ideas on how to maintain a nice warm house this winter, I do not want to make this a major project — keep it nice and simple.

I also have two non-working fireplaces in this old house, I don’t have the slightest idea how to use / maintain one. Currently there are sealed off, and if I get it going … will it even be safe? will it be worth it ? Please share your ideas with me — I am desperate! ~thanks

7 Responses to “How do you heat your home and keep Heating prices low?”

  1. Rayan Robertson Says:

    We live in northern Canada, so this is the big question every fall.
    We have a wood/oil furnace and every fall we have it checked to make sure that all parts are working efficiently. We check doors to see if they hang properly, and if any of the weatherstripping is in need of replacement. Windows on the north side (prevailing winter wind side) of the house are covered in heavy clear plastic.
    In spite of all these precautions, there are days when the house can be cooler than is comfortable, so we also make sure of warm socks and slippers and warm comfortable clothing.
    If you want to use the fireplaces, get some knowledgable person to have a look at them and see if 1) they are safe to use and 2) if they would make any appreciable difference to heating the house. A fireplace that is not used and maintained properly is a disaster waiting to happen.

  2. Eric Says:

    well, you could look at the vents, and if they are old they lose more hot air and drain in the attic, so if you can go up to the duct and feel where ever it meets a wall or at the beginning of the system, and duct tape any openings. It should work, but I don’t know much about it.

  3. papat Says:

    seal all windows and doors with good weather stripping. pay attention to the under side of doors.

  4. B Says:

    You can also make sure that all the seams in your duct work are sealed with mastic. Mastic is a paste like substance that seals off the joints in your duct work that is in expensive, around 12 bucks for a bucket at home depot, you can apply it yourself with some rubber gloves to all the seams to prevent air loss so your system will be more efficient

  5. Boe Says:

    "despite of having a so-called humidifier installed into the system, we still have excessive dry air."

    The reason for this is because you need to run the furnace blower 24/7 in order for it to really do its job. The only time the humidifier will do anything is when it calls for heat and the furnace blower is running. Should be set so your getting 40-45% humidity. You also need to change your furnace filter (pleated) every 30 days. You should see a good drop in the gas bill. Investing in a digital humidistat helps to get it dialed in for the correct level.
    In addition adding a programmable thermostat would help as well. No sense in heating the same temp while your away.

    Running the fire place may help to some degree, but its not going to heat the whole house. More so that just the room thats it in.

  6. john Says:

    ok here we go, there are alot of things going on here, first thing i
    would suggest is for you to have an air balancer come to your home, it
    really sounds like you have sir flow issues, yoiur heat doesnt heat your
    humidifier doesnt work, these are issues of duct work, an air balance,
    will evaluate and make some adjustments .. cost around 120.00

  7. Jerry Says:

    I put a free standing wood burning stove in our place and piped it into the existing fireplace chimney. Now the place is toasty warm all the time, and the furnace won’t turn on until about 3:00 a.m. When I wake up I put a few pieces of wood in the hot coals and blow on them until they take flame. Soon the place will warm right up. I hate the gas furnace with a passion. If I want humidity I put a pan of water on the wood burning stove.