Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Alternative to Central Heating

We have oil heat... and radiators... This is a first for me! Everywhere I have lived - in our apartment last year, at my parents' house, in my apartment in college - I've always had some sort of central heating system. I've just never dealt with radiators before. We had not been able to successfully turn on the heat since we moved here, but we hadn't needed it yet. Since the weather took a turn for the worse this past week, we decided to get serious. We called someone to come fill up our oil tank.

When we called, they asked whether our oil tank was above ground or below ground. Thankfully, I was able to tell them the answer, as a few nights prior to this I was outside in the dark doing laundry and completely tripped over the little knob sticking out of the ground marking our tank. Yep, our tank is certainly underground.

Now we have oil in our tank and the heat is running. The one thing I was not anticipating is how utterly creepy the furnace and radiators are. The radiators pop every now and again and when I'm not expecting it, it makes me jump! It's incredibly loud. The pops have even woken Chris up in the middle of the night (Thankfully, I sleep through everything!). Plus, when the furnace starts up in the basement, it makes the strangest noises you have ever heard. I may avoid doing laundry down there until we turn the heat back off in a few months just to prevent the fright of it coming on unexpectedly while I'm down there.

I mean seriously. Look how creepy that radiator looks. Not friendly.

I am pleasantly surprised though with how well the radiators work. We have been keeping the thermostat set at 60 or 62 degrees, but it feels so much warmer.

7 comments:

jennie said...

as a naturally jumpy person i would definitely be startled by those pops! hey that is just another good reason to not go into that basement

Liz said...

you are teaching us some seriously valuable lessons about old homes! i'm glad you have another excuse not to do laundry :)

LA-jan said...

A lot of your posts remind me of Missouri. I remember having to fill our propane tank, although above ground, we relied mostly on the wood stove for heat. Poor Dan was the first up and had to stoke the fire. . .cold, water would freeze in our house when the fire went out!

Paul said...

You should hear ours starting up (new burner a few years ago though). The pipes getting the warm water sound like a cross between a war zone and a percussion section. With that said, nothing finer than radiator heat.

Erika said...

we have baseboard heating, and let me tell you, the noises it makes sounds like someone has a SERIOUSLY upset stomach. It also has woken me up in the middle of the night once or twice...but we just caved a few days ago and turned on our heat so I haven't gotten used to it yet. Also...baseboard heating doesn't work that great - our house is cold!

Patty said...

62 degrees??!! That's an igloo!!!

Rob said...

You sound like Kevin McAllister!