Insulating windows + other tips to stay warm?

We have a Honeywell programmable thermostat and it's great! Ours has settings for weekdays vs. weekends, with four time settings a day. I have it set to get warmer right before I wake up in the morning, get cooler after I leave for the day, get warmer when I come home in the evening, and then get cooler again when I usually go to bed. If I, say, get up earlier than usual or go to bed really late and get cold, I can manually override it and bump the temperature up.
First of all I read this as insulting windows. Secondly, doesn't your house get stuffy with the film on the windows, don't you find you need to let the air circulate in winter as well as summer?
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Badgercurls, that sounds awesome. I really have to get me one of those!

I don't expect it'll get too stuffy (it's a spacey place), and if it does, I can use a fan or open the window in the living room. I didn't wrap that one because the living room holds heat really well. The bedroom gets really, really drafty, and I couldn't keep it warm at all last winter. I didn't realize how drafty it was till I set up my drums in that corner of the room. I'd go to play them and get blasted with cold air.
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First of all I read this as insulting windows. Secondly, doesn't your house get stuffy with the film on the windows, don't you find you need to let the air circulate in winter as well as summer?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
There are lots of places in the US that are much colder than the UK...most people in cold climates don't open the windows in winter.
First of all I read this as insulting windows. Secondly, doesn't your house get stuffy with the film on the windows, don't you find you need to let the air circulate in winter as well as summer?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
There are lots of places in the US that are much colder than the UK...most people in cold climates don't open the windows in winter.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Good point I didn't think of that! According to another thread some of you are already getting snow!

Do you have what we call 'double glazing' two layers of glass with a gap between them per pane?
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First of all I read this as insulting windows. Secondly, doesn't your house get stuffy with the film on the windows, don't you find you need to let the air circulate in winter as well as summer?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
There are lots of places in the US that are much colder than the UK...most people in cold climates don't open the windows in winter.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Good point I didn't think of that! According to another thread some of you are already getting snow!

Do you have what we call 'double glazing' two layers of glass with a gap between them per pane?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Not in all houses. Older houses might not. They usually have added "storm windows" to provide more insulation, but if there is only single glazing and the person is renting or doesn't have the money to replace the windows, the shrink wrap plastic is an inexpensive solution.

There are lots of places in the US that are much colder than the UK...most people in cold climates don't open the windows in winter.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Good point I didn't think of that! According to another thread some of you are already getting snow!

Do you have what we call 'double glazing' two layers of glass with a gap between them per pane?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Not in all houses. Older houses might not. They usually have added "storm windows" to provide more insulation, but if there is only single glazing and the person is renting or doesn't have the money to replace the windows, the shrink wrap plastic is an inexpensive solution.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Ever since I started reading the Point Horror books at school I've wondered what a storm window/door was. Now I know! Plastic wrap is a good idea, I will mention it to someone I know who could do with it. Does it just go over the glass or over the frames as well?
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Good point I didn't think of that! According to another thread some of you are already getting snow!

Do you have what we call 'double glazing' two layers of glass with a gap between them per pane?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
Not in all houses. Older houses might not. They usually have added "storm windows" to provide more insulation, but if there is only single glazing and the person is renting or doesn't have the money to replace the windows, the shrink wrap plastic is an inexpensive solution.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Ever since I started reading the Point Horror books at school I've wondered what a storm window/door was. Now I know! Plastic wrap is a good idea, I will mention it to someone I know who could do with it. Does it just go over the glass or over the frames as well?
Originally Posted by curlylaura
It covers the frame, too, since that's where the draft usually comes in. I bought the double-sided tape and the plastic in a kit.
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It's a special kind of plastic wrap, you put it on with the tape and then use a hair dryer to shrink it. That makes it tight and non-wrinkly, so it looks good and you can see through it clearly.

By the way, there is something else called a storm door in the US -- in areas where they have tornadoes, a storm door is an outside door that goes to your cellar. You are supposed to use it to zip into your cellar for protection if there's a tornado warning. In non-tornado areas this is often called a Bilco door, after the main manufacturer.

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sorry befrizzled my BIL hasnt got back to me yet. ill see him tonite though and if you have any specific questions or anyone else PLMK.
sorry befrizzled my BIL hasnt got back to me yet. ill see him tonite though and if you have any specific questions or anyone else PLMK.
Originally Posted by OBB
No biggie. I'm going to be home all day cleaning up my mom's house from a burst pipe, so no shopping for me. The only question I have is whether I'll be able to install stuff myself/how difficult it'll be.
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installing programmable thermostats?
installing programmable thermostats?
Originally Posted by OBB
Yeah. I would guess there's wiring I have to hook up, right? I'm kind of clueless.
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ooooh wiring...now thats a concern. i work with him part time and he wont even let me touch live wires and i have some experience with electronic assembly. but its more of a safety and insurance thing. but if youre game and want to live up to your screen name JK ill know by tonite.
It's a special kind of plastic wrap, you put it on with the tape and then use a hair dryer to shrink it. That makes it tight and non-wrinkly, so it looks good and you can see through it clearly.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Yep I use that stuff too..

and for the question of stuffy, you can leave it off a couple windows so you can open them and have air come through on good days.. We also have the big sliding glass door and a couple fans if we really need to move a lot of air.

Don't forget space heaters, I have two of them one for my living room and a little one in the bathroom. I hate to shower in a freezing bathroom at 4:30am so I run the space heater for a bit to warm up the bathroom so I can get ready for work without heating the entire house. The livingroom one I use during the day so I don't have to heat the entire house. Kitties and doggy have learned to live with each other enough where we all can be where the heat is..

Just make sure to turn it off when you are not home and have it on a good powerstrip.. I have my living room one on the same strip I have the computers on.. Yeah that's a bit over kill but I had a freespace in the back-up
I've turned on the heat in the bathroom sometimes in the morning, but I don't keep it on all day. I thought about getting a space heater for the bedroom, though; the baseboards aren't near the bed, and that's where I need them!

OBB, yeah, I'll pass on getting fried. Maybe that'll wait till SO is in town. He's handy with the electrical stuff.
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I use this space heater in the living room where we spend most of our time. We originally bought two (his and hers, LOL), but last year we just used one and it was fine. We tried a LOT of space heaters before finding one that really worked. Every time I walk out of the room though I turn it off, even if I'm only away for a few minutes.
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We have a heated mattress pad on our bed and have mercy it's fantastic to crawl into a warm bed. I find we leave the heat at a much lower temp by having these two things to keep us toasty. Sometimes I put my heating pad behind me in my chair and cover up with a blanket. This is the one we have and it was worth EVERY single cent. I got it on sale with free shipping.
http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...xx.esn_results

One day when we're not living in rentals our home will be much more energy efficient. We've done some weather stripping and insulating in our current home. You can even buy little insulated pads that go behind your outlet covers. Every little bit helps.




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Changing a thermostat will not fry you. The voltage is stepped way down.
Changing a thermostat will not fry you. The voltage is stepped way down.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide
Thus the wink. SO is fairly well-versed in the electrical department, and I doubt he'd let me try something with a danger potential.
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OK he said a fifty dollars thermosat will do the job. Honeywell is a good product and depending if you want more gadgets on it or just a knob the prices will vary. you can install it yourself but he wouldnt recommend it. HTH. now for my fee...

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