Questions tagged [heating]

Heating is warming a space for human comfort. Use this tag for questions on space heating and central heating. For questions about heat for preparing food use the [cooking] tag. For heating water use the [water-heating] tag.

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How to identify electric blankets that are likely to be durable?

Are there any design elements or other indicators that could help me identify whether a particular type of electric blanket is likely to be durable (and how durable)? Are there any resources out there ...
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Partial Passive Solar Jury-Rigs?

I live in an apartment, with the authority to make minor modifications, and I am wondering whether there are any fairly low-effort passive solar design elements that I can incorporate. Any ideas? ...
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How much do I need to trickle my faucet in cold weather (as a function of x,y,z)?

I am told that, in cold weather, I should let my faucet trickle a little to prevent pipes from freezing, especially if some portion of my above-ground pipes are likely to get cold. Are there any rules ...
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Keep my hands warm while working on a laptop?

I want to keep my hands warm(er) while working on a laptop in a cold room. Would it make sense to take a polar fleece blanket, fold it in half, sew together the two edges that are perpendicular to the ...
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Most energy-efficient way to keep my pipes from freezing without tearing up walls/floor?

I live in a second-floor apartment in the US Midwest. For a few weeks per year, I have found that I need to turn on the baseboard heater in my kitchen in order to prevent the pipes in the kitchen and ...
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Most efficient cheap heating system for small apartment in the US midwest?

I live in the US Midwest and am looking to upgrade from my current old baseboard heaters to a more energy-efficient solution. Any ideas? I am already well advanced on a parallel project of home ...
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Solar air heater inside the window?

I have an older Solar Venti solar air heater that's supposed to be installed on the roof, or on a wall. For various reasons it has not been installed .. lack of a suitable location. As it just ...
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Direct Electrical Heating

For a college project, I'm looking to learn about direct electrical and biomass heating as a means of decarbonization of our college campus? Where can I learn about these? Searching for direct ...
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What is the most efficient setting on my oil-filled radiator?

I have an oil-filled radiator with three heat intensities: Low (900W) Medium (1100W) High (2000W) Given the radiator has a thermostat, what is the most efficient heat setting to use? My goal is to ...
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How much more efficient is boiling water with a lid?

I sometimes end up boiling water in a pot without putting a lid on top because I can't find the lid. How much energy is wasted when bringing water to a boil without in a pot without a lid? Or ...
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How more efficient are low surface temperature radiators than traditional boiler systems?

I've recently come across low surface temperature radiators (E2 technology) as a form of heating. Unlike a traditional water radiator they operate at 30 - 50 C instead of 75 C. Small fans pull air ...
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Is there a Life Cycle Analysis comparing natural gas and propane as heating fuels

I am choosing between natural gas and propane for a boiler. I see a discussion here where the accepted response primarily deals with the CO2 released during actual burning of the gas. I am curious ...
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Will a warmer climate reduce energy demand and increase solar PV production?

Nowadays, everyone talks about it: climate change, and more importantly, how to stop it from happening. Although there's a lot of debate around the topic, the consensus is that by inventing a way of ...
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Is an air to water heat pump appropriate to keep a hot tub at temperature throughout the year (hot tub to run 24/7)

Is an air to water heat pump appropriate to keep a hot tub at temperature throughout the year (hot tub to run 24/7). Presumably if the efficiency is greater than 1 even at the lowest temperatures (say ...
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Efficiency considerations of forced air vs. hydronic central heating

For a building that is centrally heated by local fuel combustion (i.e. heating within the building rather than district heating), one may distribute the heat throughout the building using as a energy ...
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Does air duct cleaning increase heating efficiency?

I recently moved into an older house with a natural gas-burning forced hot air furnace. There are no records of the ducts being cleaned, and based on the layer of black grime I can see, they are quite ...
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For overnight heating, is it more efficient to use an electric space heater in a bedroom or a whole house natural gas furnace?

Is it more efficient to heat a bedroom with whole house's forced-air natural-gas burning furnace, or only an electric space heater in the bedroom? For a very location-specific application, electric ...
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How many Kilowatt hours of heat does a 4000 sq-feet McDonalds emit on a typical day?

If I recycle the waste heat emitted by a Mcdonald's, can a well-placed Mcdonald's take the place of a community heating boiler?
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Can the heat generated in a data center be used to heat households and offices?

I've just read the article Microsoft sinks a data center off the Scottish coast (The Verge, 6 June 2018) I understand that the cooling of a data center is a problem. Data centers produce huge amounts ...
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Can hot air move horizontally without a fan (vertical is easy)

Passive solar thermal, taking cool air at bottom and hot air out at top is easy. But can the same 'hot air rising' system be made to work horizontally. IE long black tube on a narrowboat Any ideas ...
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Temperature equalisation throughout the house

We have been living in our home for a year now, so have seen both summer and winter, and we are now looking to solve the heating and cooling problems we have. Heating The walls and roof of the house ...
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Are all Peltier-type stove fans the same?

I'm considering a stove fan to distribute heat from a small wood burner. The prices of commercial Peltier-type stove fans seem to range from £25 to £100. Is there likely to be a significant ...
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What should I do with coal that I have been given?

My wife and I recently moved from London to a lovely old cottage in the countryside with electricity, no gas and a wood-burning stove. We are incrementally improving insulation to make the house more ...
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better to heat house with gas or with electricity?

Is it better to heat house with gas or electricity? We have gas insert and gas heating but am looking at other options for sustainable energy use. Thank you!
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Newer heat pump vs new space heaters in Seattle winter

I see similar questions to this one, but mine is slightly different, so here goes: I live in Seattle, where the winters are mild, with days in the 40s°F (4-10°C) and nights in the low 30s°F (around -...
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Heat Recovery Ventilator HRV, metal vs paper core?

Which one is more efficient and has longer operating life, thin metal or nano paper core in a HRV? It will be used in a Nordic country. TL;DR I'm searching for a heat recovery ventilator. I am not ...
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How can a rocket mass heater be combined with a tight modern construction?

I currently have a house under construction. The overall design is for a tight, well-insulated building with a balanced active air exchange system (an ERV: a unit with two blowers, one in and one out,...
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Most cost effective heated flooring?

I am pulling out the carpet in my house. I live in a cold area. I want to heat my flooring, but don't want to spend an arm and a leg doing so. What is the most cost effective and energy efficient ...
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Is heating with candles economically and/or ecologically worthwhile?

Considering my home doesn't have a heating system nor chimneys, I wonder if it's worthwhile to heat using only candles. There are multiple dimensions to consider: Does it cost less than electric ...
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Heat escaping very old cob house

I have just moved into a semi-detached house (rented) made out of cob, heated with a wood burner which also heats up the water for radiators and washing. There is also a large boiler,electrically ...
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Can a household's organic waste alone produce enough methane for its own space heating?

If a household puts all its organic waste, from both the kitchen and the bathroom, into a biodigester, will it produce enough methane for the household's space heating in a low -25 °C to high -15 °C ...
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Boosting radiator convection with fans

I found an article online from somebody who built a rig consisting of a number of pc fans mounted under a radiator, blowing upwards. A temperature sensor ensured the fans would kick in as soon as the ...
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Running boiler intake along chimney for preheating

My house has a boiler in the attic that provides hot water for taps and for central heating. On the opposite side of the attic is a chimney pipe for the fireplace on the ground floor. I was thinking ...
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How to heat an isolated room

I live in a medium-sized airy house whose bedrooms are all in the main part of the house, with the exception of one bedroom which is above the unheated garage. This room gets quite cold even in the ...
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How can I vent smoke from a non-rangehood stove without losing too much hot air?

I want to vent smoke, such as roasting coffee smoke and cooking grease out of my kitchen. I do not have a hood, nor is there room to install one due to cabinet and window placements just above the ...
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Need critique of my idea for a passive heating and cooling system for a tent/waterbed

The Idea A small thin waterbed mattress inside a tent cot that is filled with water that's heated by the sun during the day and cooled at night. The Details Get this tent cot and water mattress (...
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What is the rationale for a base temperature for degree-days of 12 degrees?

When evaluating the energy demand of a building, the weather conditions are supposed to be controlled for by calculating degree-days (sometimes also known as accumulated temperature difference). In ...
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Heat Pump vs Air Exchanger, What's the difference?

I hope this is the right place - I'm looking at buying my first home in a climate where a heat pump would make a significant difference on our energy requirements for heating and cooling. I've done ...
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Is it possible to calculate energy efficiency of a flat by knowing how much energy was consumed for heating?

During 6 days my heating system consumed 11,4 m3 of natural gas keeping its temperature at 20 degrees of Celsius. No human or other energy source (except for refrigerator) was inside the flat at that ...
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Would you save energy by heating the air in a shower stall so that you could use colder water?

It is refreshing to take a cool shower in hot weather. And for the sake of discussion, lets assume that one should be "comfortable" with temeratures when taking a shower. Considering that the vast ...
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Good alternatives to a fuel oil heating system in an apartment block

I live in a building of 8 apartments, in Belgium. We share a communal fuel oil boiler in the basement to provide hot water and heat. For the latter, each apartment has radiators through which a hot ...
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Are there different types of water-source heat pump?

I have heard multiple names for water-source heat pumps. What's the difference between something called a water-to-water heat pump, and a seawater heat pump? Are they just different names for the same ...
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Which type of portable heaters are best suited to use in a static caravan?

I am looking for 2 portable heaters to use in a static caravan. One to go in the children's bedroom (safe to leave on at night), the other to go in the living room. Which types of heaters would be ...
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Why are electrical cars encouraged but is electrical heating discouraged?

Electrical cars are very much promoted for a sustainable future, because they do not rely (directly) on fossil fuels. In the meantime, most of the electricity is produced with fossil fuels, such that ...
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Infra red heaters

I have a nine hundred square foot home that has a wood stove as its only source of heat. I am planning to be away for one to two weeks a couple times this winter and am wondering if an infra red ...
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How much CO2 do those gas flame pits outside restaurants emit?

I've been noticing gas-fueled flame pit displays outside some "hip" restaurants, such as this one shown in a Portland Monthly article. I find myself reacting to them with disgust; it looks like they'...
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At what point is it better to use a room heater vs a central heating unit?

I have a house which has a central heating and cooling system which I assume uses a heat pump. This central heating system is not zoned so when I turn it on, I need to heat the entire house. I live ...
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Are ground source heat pumps a form of geothermal energy?

This question may be about semantics as much as sustainability, but let's see... When I think of geothermal energy, I think of hot rocks (or hot aquifers) that are kept warm by the internal volcanic ...
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Oxyhydrogen as home heating method

I'm curious about the efficiency of using Oxyhydrogen as a home heating method. Oxyhydrogen can be generated from water. I understand the fact that it takes more energy to generate the oxyhydrogen, ...
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Can I use new electric oven to protect kitchen plumbing

It is 9 degrees and front room space heater has quit. Thinking of taking kitchen space heater to front room and turning new elec oven on to protect plumbing. BRRR