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10:38PM | 10/14/04
Member Since: 10/14/04
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I have a 3 story, 4300 sq ft victorian home built in 1876. The previous owner gutted it, re-wired, re-plumbed, re-insulated (but did this poorly). He also removed the aluminum storm windows, leaving me with only the original windows. (I have looked into having the windows updated, but nothing is standard. The estimate I got was for about $1K/window -- and there are 19 windows on the first floor alone.)

This house costs me about $3,000 year in oil to heat.

The house has four heating zones - one on each floor; and the fourth heats a room on the first floor that was the previous owner's mom's bedroom (she liked it warmer). For some reason, this thermostat also controls the basement.

Since we like it cooler to sleep, I had been setting the thermostat on the first floor to 68, the second floor to 65, the third floor to 62. The second and third floor thermostats rarely call for heat -- only when the wind blows through the clapboards and windows.

I'm wondering if this is the most economical way to heat the house. Or should I set all the thermostats the same?



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