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Anonymous

12:38PM | 12/07/04
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We have very uneven heating in our house and I'm looking for any suggestions for how we might improve the problem. Here are the details.

The house is a 55 year old ranch house in northern California. It is an "L" shaped house where the living area (living, dining, kitchen) are in the bottom part of the "L" and 4 bedrooms are off a long hallway in the top part of the "L". The gas forced air furnace (not sure how old but I'd guess at least 15 years, model is Lennox Conservator IV)is in the garage which is at the very top of the "L" (after the bedrooms). The bedrooms all have one vent and are all between 120-180 sq ft. The living area is an open area and is about 650 sq ft total with 1 vent in the dining room and 2 in the living room.

When we set the thermostat (which is in the hallway near the 1st 2 bedrooms) to about 66 the bedrooms are all comfortable, thermometers in the bedrooms show about 72 deg. At the same time the living area is much colder and a thermometer will show about 63 deg (9 degrees colder).

In general the house is not energy efficient but the living area has several disadvantages compared to the rest of the house. They are:

1. Living area has hardwood floors vs. pad and carpet in bedrooms (there is an uninsulated crawlspace under the entire house)

2. While all the windows in the house are original (single pane aluminum), the living area has much more glass, 2 large sliding glass doors and 2 large picture windows vs just 1 window per bedroom.

3. There is a fireplace in the living room with no door or other enclosure, I can feel cold air coming out of the flue.

I've considered a couple things to try and help the situation:

1. Installing a fireplace door, though they don't seem to be very well sealed

2. Installing insulation under the floor in the living area of the house

3. Putting double pane windows & doors in the living area though this really isn't in our budget right now

Any recommendations on which of these ideas might be best to pursue, or any other ideas are very welcome.

Thanks,

Greg


gjmcshea

03:16PM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 12/06/04
3 lifetime posts
Reposting since the first post didn't take...

The heating in our house is very uneven and I'm looking for any suggestions to fix the problem. Our house is shaped like an "L" with the living area being the bottom part of the L and the 4 bedrooms are off a long hallway that is the top part of the L. When we set the thermostat to about 67 the bedrooms will all be comfortable with actual temperatures in the rooms of about 71. At the same time the temperature in the living, dining room, or kitchen will be about 63 and pretty cold. The thermostat is located in the hallway near the 1st two bedrooms. Were hoping to find some way to have the house heated more evenly.

Here are details for the house. It is in northern California and is a 55 year old ranch house. The size of the bedrooms range from 120-180 sq ft, the living area is about 650 sq ft and is pretty much an open area. The furnace is gas forced air and it is located in the garage which is at the top of the L (i.e. the vents for the living are at the end of the run of the ducting). The furnace is a Lennox Conservator IV, I don't know how old it is but I'd suspect at least 15 years. The house has not been upgraded much and is not very energy efficient.

The living area has several disadvantages compared to the bedrooms which might explain the temperature difference.

1. The floor in the living area is hardwood vs. thick carpet + pad for the bedrooms. There is an uninsulated crawlspace under the entire house.

2. There is much more glass in the living area, there a 2 large sliding doors and medium picture windows. All window/sliding doors are single pane aluminum.

3. There is a fireplace in the living room that is not enclosed in any way. I can feel cold air coming out of the flue.

I've considered doing the following to get the living area warmer:

1. Install a fireplace door, though they don't seem to be sealed very well.

2. In the crawlspace install insulation under the floor for the living area.

3. Upgraded the sliding doors & windows in the living area to double pane (though this really isn't in our budget right now)

Any opinions on which of the above ideas would be most helpful or any additional ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Greg

carl21l

05:56PM | 12/07/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
are there adjustable register covers in the outlets to the rooms? if so adjust the ones in the bedrooms so that they are partially closed while those in the living area are open all the way. this will force more of the hot air into the living area. vary the adjustments to get the desired heat in the different areas. as regards the fireplace, there should be a damper just above the firebox that can be closed when there is no fire being used. if there is no damper, install a metal cap at the top of the chimney to close it off, and do not build any fire in the fireplace.

JMHO

Carl
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