07:01AM | 03/16/99
We bought a home in Oregon that is 20 years old. It has ceiling heat and two wall heaters. We are looking into ways to better heat our home. We've increased the R value in the attic as well as underneath the house. Even though we have increased the insulation, our home is still as cold as a European castle.

I was looking into a heat pump, but in Oregon you really don't need air condiitoning except for about 10 days out of the year. My question is....For my use, would a heat pump be better or would heated floors, radiant heat system, solar heat systems, etc. I'm tired of paying a high electric bill and still being cold...Thanks for your help and advice.


02:11PM | 03/30/99
Because of lack of information all i can say is, right now I use a woodstove it is obviously very cheap , because I live on a 100 acre farm lots of trees. Makes economical sence to use what you have.

Now i have a few questions for you:
What is the R value of your house?
What are your resources available to you?


12:34PM | 03/31/99
You mentioned insulation in every area but the walls. Without wall insulation your house will remain forever cold and your heating bills may not vary too much.
By far and away radiant floor heat is the best heating source. Solar? I thought it rained alot in Oregon.
Heat pump has value in moderate climates, not the cold that you receive. It is beset by temperature limitations.
Hop it helps some.....


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