- Jul 15, 2003
Our central heat went out once, for 7 days. Guys finally fixed it and we were happy. We'd used plug in heaters during that time, and next months electricity bill was 470 dollars.Wait, how have you been heating the house with no central heat? I would focus on fixing the furnace, though given it's age it's probably worth looking at replacing with a high efficiency condensing furnace. A heat pump might be worth looking at too, they've come a long way. Some can work down to -30.
If you have abundance of free or cheap electricity, baseboard rads might be worth looking into otherwise it's going to cost a lot. As far as plug in heaters the oil filled ones are probably the safest. I'd get some heat trace wire for the pipes too if you'll be without heat for long. I need to do the same actually, the texas incident a while back made me realize I'm not all that well prepared for a situation that I lose heat/power for long. The heat trace wire could run off solar at least.