How do you heat your house? Gas, electric, radiator, wood, other?

United States
November 16, 2009 2:27pm CST
I woke up to a cold house this morning. It was so warm when I went to bed that I left the windows open all night. A cold front must have blown in, because it is freezing today (or at least really chilly)! So it looks like it's time to crank up the gas heaters, which are my primary heat sources. I hate them; they dry out the air, smell funny, irritate my asthma, and aren't very efficient at warming a large space. Plus, the bigger one, in my living room, has a broken thermostat and turns itself off every few minutes! Grrr. I've lived in houses with several types of heaters over the years. Several have had built-in gas heaters like I have now and a couple have had free-standing Deerborn gas heaters. Central (electric) was nice, but expensive. In one house, we supplemented the central heat with a fireplace, and in another we supplemented with a wood-burning stove. These gave off a nice smokey smell throughout the house, and the wood stove was especially handy when we had an ice storm and lost electricity for two weeks. Radiators were in two other places I lived, and they might be my favorite type of heat. Though they could be noisy, they warmed their spaces very well, so long as the house was well insulated. So, what type of heat do you have in your house? Do you like it? Would you rather have a different type of heater?
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• Italy
17 Nov 09
My house is heated by a gas burner...thing is I am in a very lucky position as my portion of the building is closed by other two flats that actually keep mine warm too!!
• United States
16 Nov 09
I heat my place with electric and i understand when the weather just changes out the blue. It be very nice one second and ice cold the next. I wish your houses came with feelers. that way when the temp change out side the house will change its temp.
• United States
17 Nov 09
Electric is certainly the most convenient, low maintenance choice, I think. It's pretty hassle free, unless there happens to be a power outage. I live in a really rural area where the electricty goes out fairly often. As few as ten years ago, losing power was a daily occurance. I think that's why most folks around here have two types of heating in newer homes, and something besides electric in older homes. Ooh, I like the idea of a self-adjusting house with feelers! It is so hard to get out of bed in the morning when the house is cold! At least neither of us have to worry about carrying in wood for the woodstove or fireplace first thing in the morning. That's one of the worst parts of those types of heating. Keep warm! :)
@Hatley (164629)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Nov 09
hi celestialbloom well I live in a retirement center with some ninety other s and last winter the heat came through vents in the ceiling so I assume they use a very large gas or electric furnace or furnaces.probably gas as electricity is not cheap here in Southern California.
• United States
17 Nov 09
I imagine you are right then, Hatley, about it being gas - electricity to keep so many people warm would be expensive in Southern California. Then again, when I rencently visited Northern California, I was blown away by how much more everything in general costs there. The cost of living here is relatively very low; however, electricity is still the most expensive utility.