GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Heating

Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

The Heat is on!!!!!
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No more bundling up to go INside our house.

No more frostbite from standing indoors too long.

No more wondering if my bones will ever warm up.

No more MVP Mom ducking out of meetings at the house because she’s freeeeeeezing.

No more wondering if our house will ever have heat again. Because it does!

Yay!!
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Baseboard Heating Needs A Makeover

Why do baseboard heating baseboards have to be so ugly? Why couldn’t an actual DESIGNER have designed those covers?

After all the work we’re doing with the house, the thought that one of these will be running around the bottom of each room is not pleasing.

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I took this problem to the web and found a product that might work: Over-board covers.

They go over the installed baseboards (pictured above) and hide the awful ugliness of those ugly baseboards with a pretty nice-looking cover.

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I’ve asked LC to look into it and we’re waiting to see if there’s any way we can do it - at least in the living room and dining room.
Here’s hoping….

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If You Can't Stand The Heat, You're Not In Our Kitchen

LC says there will be no place for baseboard heating in the kitchen. Our options? Either radiant floor heat or a kickspace heater.

Pros and Cons of Radient Floor Heating


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Pros :
  • No dust particles flying in the air
  • Reduces energy cost
  • Is virtually silent

Cons:
  • Takes time to heat up
  • More effective at heating the floor to the touch vs the entire room
  • Expensive to repair


Pros and Cons of Kickspace Heaters


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Pros:
  • Sits under a floor cabinet out of sight
  • Heats up quickly
  • Will have its own thermostat

Cons:
  • Can be loud
  • Will need servicing every other year or so
  • Will need replacing any time after 5 years

Not sure which way we’re leaning with this decision. One thing we do know after standing in the gutted house for hours yesterday: heat is very important.
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Things Are Heating Up

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Topic of conversation today with LC: Gas vs. Oil Heat

OIL
Pros:
  • It’s what we have

  • We just got an oil delivery

  • The burner is about 10 years old so there’s still more life to it

Cons:
  • It’s expensive

  • The boiler may need servicing

  • The chimney needs to be repaired



GAS
Pros:
  • It’s cheaper than oil

  • It’s cleaner

  • The oil burner will eventually need replacing

  • It can include hot water heating and our hot water heater is past its lifetime

  • It’ll allow us to get rid of the chimney that juts out in the kitchen and bathroom

Cons:
  • It’ll cost a lot of $$$ up front to install

  • It’ll take us over budget


LC is going to crunch the numbers and get back to us with specifics. Sig other is now thinking about Forced Air Heat. My head is spinning...

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