My roommate, after two years, got a very welcome but surprising offer on his house. He accepted it.
Now, if nothing falls through, we have to be out by November 25.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t been looking because he honestly didn’t think he’d sell the condo.
We have been working very hard over the last few days, to find out info and weed out bad houses (failed title 5, short sales, foreclosure, MOLD!!) and today we’re finally going to see our two main picks (based on a drive by of each, and website listings).
My favorite house (which is also the biggest one we’ve looked at and is actually 20k less than the much smaller second choice) is an 1845 colonial.
This house needs new windows. It has oil/steam heat. Every room has a radiator. My roommate has never lived in a house with radiators before. I haven’t lived in one since I was very little. So, neither of us actually knows how they work.
Here’s my question (finally):
Is it possible to turn OFF the heat in the rooms we’re not using?
It is a 1 zone house.
The house has 5 bedrooms. Unless we have company, we will not likely be using 3 of them over the winter. We’re thinking of just putting plastic on the windows, draft blockers on the doors, and closing up the spare rooms until we have a chance to paint/furnish/decorate them. We’re going to be too busy with the main house and our bedrooms to worry about spare rooms. Oh, this is assuming he decides to buy this. I keep talking like we are definitely getting it.
So, if we turn the heat off to those three extra rooms, could we actually save money? Is it even possible to turn the heat off? Does closing the valve on the radiator turn the heat off? Or, does it cause an increase in steam pressure resulting in BOOM!
Also, I like my room to be cold because I’m a burrower. Is it possible to turn the heat down in my room while keeping his more warm?
Our realtor is waiting for a call from some other agents so we’re still sitting here waiting for the order to go. I’m so excited. I’ll post back with more info when I get back.