Yesterday we talked about the Density of air and atmospheric pressures; both of these significantly impact Heat Loss in your home.
For the duration of our Winterizing Blog series we will greatly emphasize how Cold Air penetrates into your home and how that costs you money. Yes, of course if you stand there with the front door wide open a lot of cold air will enter the house. That is not what we are talking about. We will hopefully show you how seemingly insignificant things allow cold air into the house.
The two major factors to always remember are:
- Density, dense air is heavier and sinks, it does not want to rise. Dense air is compact and often has been squished into a small space.
- Atmospheric pressures will force air to move from one place to another. That air movement will drag heat along with it. Also, the pressure differences between the interior warm air and the exterior cold air will cause air movement.
- Air movement causes heated air to also move and be lost. Remember, Heat Loss is the big enemy that we are trying to stop.
As the atmosphere weighs heavily on air it is compressed and becomes heavier and more dense. That dense air looks for a way to move, a perfect idea for cold dense air is to move into your basement.
Once cold dense air moves into the basement it immediately is warmed whereupon it increases in size as it becomes less dense.
The increased size of the air, the increased mass of the air, rises because it weighs less and literally forces the warm air in your house outside.
So……….., the heat loss in your home is a phenomenon that is directly caused by Cold Air Penetration. See why it is so important?
Take a look at today’s photograph, that amount of cold air is on its way. Are you prepared? We will show you how to make the best of it.
Oh…………., do you know where this picture was taken?