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grunt2001
2011-12-22, 08:11 PM
My wife and i purchased this big ole 100 yr old house a few months back.Now that winter is here we are trying to figure out the best most cost effective way to keep the up stairs warm.Any suggestions.We have a new central air and heat in but it does not keep upstairs warm.ANY SUGGESTIONS?ANYTHING SOMEONE ELSE HAS USED AND CAN COMMENT ON?:cheers:

01fordgazguzler
2011-12-22, 08:20 PM
There are a lot of things. How old is your furnace? What kind of shape is it in? When was the last time it was serviced? What kind of shape is your duct work in? Do you have returns upstairs? You really should just have someone go look at it then give you a free estimate.

grunt2001
2011-12-22, 09:24 PM
Everything is a little over a year.the house is so old there is one 18 x 12 vent in living room ceiling lol

mrcooley
2011-12-22, 10:33 PM
Give one of those quartz heaters a shot.

Lurch
2011-12-22, 10:48 PM
Just my thoughts on your house as a whole, not an exact fix...

-find out what, if any insulation is in the exterior walls, if none have blown in quoted & installed.
-a furnance's btu's are designed to work with a maximum sq footage, although yours is newish, it may be undersized depending on who installed it and what they told the previous owner.
-check where possible at duct pipe joints for air leaks, if there are any use a metal foil duct tape to seal them, this increase the airflow to the designated vents.
-windows, attic, doors, outlets, baseboards..all can be cold air leaks that will kill your homes warmth. insulating around those that are leaking will help insulate the home & increase your warmth.
-There are so many variables you are really at a loss until you have a quality hvac company check out your house & tell you where you need to improve it to attain what you desire.

acvw_insanity
2012-01-06, 12:42 AM
This seriously should be taken up with an hvac specialist because you could have lots of holes, non sealed joints in your duct work, stuff could be in-op, etc. Have you taken off your return air vent covers to see how big the openings are, and if they are truly returns. Lots of things come into play besides the furnace/blower unit being big enough.


Also, what condition are your windows in, is your roof properly insulated?


I would call an hvac specialist, and possibly get an energy audit; Plus, a professional can test cfm at each vent, and that can give a good picture as well.

e.
2012-01-06, 12:47 AM
Something like this could be a short term fix while you figure out if you have any real issues.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Remote-Control-Ceramic-1500-Watt-Tower-Heater-with-Digital-Display/17038556

I use one for the house I rent in Manhattan since it's an old house with lots of leaks - does a great job of heating my room. Might take about 30 minutes or so before it turns my room into a sauna (my room is like 18x10 so the space heater works great)

MountainDew
2012-01-29, 07:03 PM
Something like this could be a short term fix while you figure out if you have any real issues.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Remote-Control-Ceramic-1500-Watt-Tower-Heater-with-Digital-Display/17038556

I use one for the house I rent in Manhattan since it's an old house with lots of leaks - does a great job of heating my room. Might take about 30 minutes or so before it turns my room into a sauna (my room is like 18x10 so the space heater works great)

Just a heads up, run five of those quite a bit over the winter and our electric bill was like 294. Gas was only like 60 bucks though since the furnace is set at 64.