I have a 2 yr old log home in NC that I use as a second home. It is closed up most of winter. I have been setting my thermostat on 50 all winter. My electric bills are higher than my neighbors who are also snow birds.. I leave refrig. on low and all other power turned off. Does the heat have to be kept at 50 for a log home all winter? I understand that heat pumps don’t work beow 40 degrees and my heat strips are probably what are raising my bills. any alternatives?
You really do not want to lower it any more. It should be kept at 50 to 52 so that mold doesn’t form on walls and items inside. If it is not caulked or chinked on the exterior you should look into having that done to help keep the heat in and the cold out. Doing both interior and exterior will really help. Call Mike at 866-670-3020 for an idea of this cost.