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Old 12-03-2005, 01:09 PM  
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My gas bill was outrageous this month. So I have a question. If I close the heating exchanges in the rooms I don't use very much, will that make my furnace work harder...thus make my bill higher?

I need some advice.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-03-2005, 01:12 PM   #2
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no should have to work less, if it has less rooms to heat
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Old 12-03-2005, 01:14 PM   #3
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It should help Jenny. A lot of it depends where your thermostat is located. Just be careful not to close off areas with water pipes if it gets really cold or your house could look like a bass pond.
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Old 12-03-2005, 01:48 PM   #4
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Not good, it wasn't even cold last month. It's kind of rare, but some homes have dampers in the ducts. If your basement isn't finished, look for small handles on the bottom of the ducts where they split off to the rooms. That's a more effective way to shut off a room if you're lucky enough to have them.
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Old 12-03-2005, 02:43 PM   #5
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Go ahead and close the the vents i nthe rooms you don't use. That should get more warm air to the rooms you do use, which in turn should alllow you to turn the thermostat down.

Consider doing some things to winterize your home. Make sure your storm windows are closed, and then put plastic over the windows. It may not be the most attractive, but it's a cheap way to improve the efficiency of bad windows.
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:41 PM   #6
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:52 PM   #7
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The key is to keep the room with the thermostat warm. Furnaces tend to be pretty singleminded about that sort of thing.
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:57 PM   #8
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My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:59 PM   #9
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My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....
I just got done snowblowing my driveway, and the pictures in the three day forecast have igloos in them.
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:06 PM   #11
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I just got done snowblowing my driveway, and the pictures in the three day forecast have igloos in them.
And, to make matter worse, you live in Iowa.
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My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....

I hope you get a heat stroke!
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My gas bill was outrageous this month. So I have a question. If I close the heating exchanges in the rooms I don't use very much, will that make my furnace work harder...thus make my bill higher?

I need some advice.

Thanks in advance.
No. It will not. By closing the vents (and the doors, of course), you are reducing the volume of air that the furnace must heat. Make sure that the rooms that you close off don't have any water pipes running near them.

I'd also recommend a programmable thermostat, one that you can set four time zones per day (overnight, morning, day, evening). They are about $60, and it will pay for itself this year.

Also, remember that for every degree you increase or decrease your temperature setpoint, you increase or decrease your heating $$$ by about 6% What is your present setpoint?
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Old 12-03-2005, 04:18 PM   #14
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My front door is standing wide open right now.

It's sunny... and I'm guessing in the seventies.

I should really be outside working on my deck....

Yes, and it's over 100 degrees from May to September there. I'll take the snow.
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Yes, and it's over 100 degrees from May to September there. I'll take the snow.
May... don't be silly.

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