csstoker wrote:I was going to leave all of the rooms say at low to mid 60s, knowing they will turn them up when they are in the room because they will notice the cool air in lower heated areas. The concern was thinking more like they won't remember to turn them down.
The electric is very fast recovery to the skin, but when only turned up in the rooms used, it seems like it is always on as heat exits the room also to try to warm adjacent rooms. Even still, the hallway and stairs never seem to get warm with this room by room method, and as you occasionally move through a non-heated area- like the stairs... or to go upstairs for something you get hit with noticeably cooler air.
I had an HVAC guy once who told he that he had never tried it but bet that overall heat usage would be lower by heating all rooms (even unattended rooms) in the house then to use the "heat the contents and room you are in" method. He reasoned that beds, couches, furniture, clothes, walls floors all retain room temps and take a long time to get to the temp of the room when cold but once heated was cheaper to maintain the temp than to keep re-heating and allowing to cool. Does this make sense or would I use more electricity this way?
csstoker wrote:This would be a great savings but it is a 65 lb hopper and I might get 2 full days out of it.
The more I think about it, I was wondering if the analogy of the instant water water is relevant. It is supposed to be less costly to just heat the water at the faucet as you use it rather than to heat the entire water tank?
csstoker wrote:.cheaper to maintain the temp than to keep re-heating and allowing to cool. Does this make sense or would I use more electricity this way?