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Heating This Old House

As you probably heard me complain too many times, it is not easy or cheap. We considered several options, including conversion to gas, but none are really going to address all the issues. It is just a matter of fitting the pieces of the puzzle: better insulation inside the walls, new windows and doors, and finished basement. One other piece is the actual heating system we have, but with the furnace replaced in 2003, there is no reason to touch it. Or is there?

Apparently, there is. The thermostat that was managing the system, RiteTemp, was acting a little funny. We would have either extreme heat or cold. We never had completely comfortable. So, yesterday, we decided to replace it with this baby: Honyewell TH4000.


The results are amazing. It actually maintains the temperature at the level we want it to be. For example, if I wanted 70, it is always 70. Always. With the old thermostat, the heat would go up to 70-71, the heating would shut down, the temperature would slowly dip to 67, we would start walking around wondering why we are cold, and then the system would kick in again and crank it up to 70-71.

Our theory is that this move might actually save us some money on the oil. Let's see.

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  1. I have a Rite Temp thermostat and it gives me fits. I think I need to change mine out too. Anyway, I've got the original Volume 1 of Artistic Country Seats by George William Sheldon that showcases the Fenn Home. I am thinking of selling it complete or parting it out by framing individual homes and write ups. Please let me know if you would be interested. bob@altagent.com

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