if you can heat your bedroom with a 60w bulb then you don't even need a heater. you could then take a bath or a shower and need to open the windows because your place is over heated. i can imagine what would happen if you cooked something with gas or electric. i think your place may be insulated fairly well and the heat from the lower floors are keeping you in much more comfort than you realize.
brightico wrote: »
It's about 58-60 degrees in my apartment when I wake up and, it pretty much stays at that temperature all day without any form of heating. The light bulb heater can take my bedroom to 68-70 in maybe 2 hours. You certainly can't do that by showering or cooking unless you cook for 24 hours a day.
niel wrote: »
i agree with tony as he is basically restating what i said. the only thing i differ with what he said is that a kwh is 3100btus as it is actually 3413btus, but i usually round this to 3400btus or 3.4btus/wh.
Brock wrote: »
I like to round it to 3333 that way 3kw adds up to 10,000 BTU. And then if you asking heating guys everything is in ton's, which is 12,000 BTU
Cariboocoot wrote: »
You remember the "zero heat concept" homes of the 1970's? No heat source! Just that given off by the ordinary appliances and lights already in the home.
There's a diminishing return on investment with insulation, proportionate to the environment in which it is used.
(Says the guy with the -40 Winters who thinks R38 is a bit low. )
icarus wrote: »
PS As for earth sheltering, I find that our place stays much warmer if there is a bunch of snow around/on top of it. Aside from the insulation value of the snow (which is considerable) the snow stops a huge amount of air both from infiltrating, but also from blowing over the side (or roof) of the house. Our back wall is only 6' tall, and in the winter the snow will pile up to the eave, adding a huge layer of insulation to the north wall, and to a lesser extend the east and west walls.
icarus wrote: »
Try this for a trick,
When it is quite cold, take a garden hose, and mist the north (or windy) sides of your house for several hours. A few hours sprinkling and you can have a 1/2" of ice on the entire wall. Nothing makes a great sealer than coating the house in ice. Now air infiltration anywhere. Seals the window casings and sashes, doors and jambs, framing to foundation. etc. Cuts down on the wind noise as well. In real windy or real dry areas, the ice sublimates pretty quickly, (matter of a day or two, but if the air is still, it can stay for a long time, and you can always add more!