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Last updated on December 10, 2014

Electricity Bill Nightmare

Four Season Room Creates Huge Winter Electric Bill for This Homeowner

Jake Schloegel, CR President and Founder
Jake Schloegel, CR
President and Founder

Hi Jake…I have a four season room that is elevated off my kitchen. I have an LG system that acts as an air conditioner and heater. It does a nice job with both but my electricity  bills are outrageous. I wanted to see if I could shut off the heater in the winter and it would not hurt the internal structure. I have (hardwood) floors and some drywall around the windows. Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you, Matt


Matt, there are thousands of homes that are “winterized” every year; these might be lake homes, vacation homes, or bank foreclosures, and for the most part they all survive the winter.  Make sure there aren’t any plumbing pipes that run in the floor, walls or ceilings. That being said, many of the materials used in the construction of the room are subject to changes due to changes in temperature and humidity levels. When extreme conditions exist in the environment, building materials may react in undesirable ways. Bottom line, if it was my room, I would try turning off the heat, close up the room and keep an eye on it to see how it is behaving over the winter.


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