Winterizing - Windows

Winterizing - Windows

So far in our Winterizing series we’ve been down in the basement and for today we will again stay there. 

The other day we asked for help from Captain Obvious when we looked at the basement door.  Today we need his/her help again.  Do you remember back in April or May when you opened the basement windows for air circulation?

The basement windows should have been wide open all summer long allowing fresh air to circulate; that was when the fresh air was nice and warm.  As of yesterday many of the Green Mountains are now covered in snow.  Yes, it is beautiful with the fall foliage and the snowcapped mountain in the distance, actually it is spectacular.  Living in Vermont is a constant source of Optical Nutrition, a.k.a. beauty; but I digress.

Now that the temperatures have dropped it is certainly time to close all the basement windows and keep them closed until April and/or May rolls around again.

If the basement windows are left open a huge amount of Cold Air Penetrates and The Chimney Effect begins.  When we think of The Chimney Effect it really a fairly simple concept.  There are two significant factors that contribute to air leaking that robs your home of heat:

  1. Pressures inside and outside the home greatly effect air movement
  2. A path for the air to move.  This is what we have been talking about so far.

Probably the easiest to see is the Path Ways.  Obviously if a given amount of air leaks out of the building then the same amount of air will find its way in the building creating The Chimney Effect.

So far we have been looking at Cold Air Penetration, through the Tub/Shower; “The Never used Floor Drain,” the basement door, and now basement windows.

Take care of these areas where Cold Air Penetrates and you will make huge progress towards an Energy Efficient Home.  We will continue to stick with our goal of making big progress with the most minimal of cost and effort.

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