The other day we talked about a grease and/or cooking oil fire in the kitchen and how very dangerous they can be. I was surprised how quickly people commented on that blog post. Obviously, there is sincere interest and concern. Let’s face it the grease fire in the kitchen can easily end up with the home being destroyed so, the kitchen fire is critically important and extremely dangerous!
So, is spring is around the corner? Here in northern Vermont the temperatures have been rapidly climbing across most of the north country. Much if not all of the snow is gone. Let’s not forget that today it is the first of March and spring has not arrived! This is still a great time to be thinking and working on keeping your home here in Vermont warm and comfortable in winter.
We have looked at Radiant Heat, Steam heat, and today let’s take a look at Forced Hot Air. Remember when we mentioned that a Furnace is a device that makes Hot Air as compared to a Boiler that makes Hot Water.
In today’s discussion we will be talking about a Furnace and its ability to make Hot Air which is then pumped throughout the house.
In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
As you begin to design your new home and the new kitchen one of the big decisions centers around the kitchen range. Should it be gas? Or, should it be electric? The vast majority of kitchen ranges today are electric with gas continuing to be popular but not a majority.
And the topic for today is laundry. No, we are not going to talk about soap, detergent, and softener for the clothes.
There are jokes about how some families can generate the same amount of laundry as a small country and that might be true. Since Americans are so obsessed with cleanliness it is understandable that household laundry is the second largest consumer of Energy in your home.
Typically, laundry consumes a lot of energy in two ways:
We have been down in the basement so let’s stay there.
Remember, we are chasing holes in the building envelope where Cold Air can Penetrate and rob your home of precious heat. Our goal is to:
- stop Cold Air Penetration,
- cut back on Heat Loss, and
- be more Energy Efficient!
I can quickly think of three more possible culprits that need to be Foamed Shut:
This week we have been talking about Cold Air Penetration down in the basement. And there are several really important facts to always keep in mind as you work to make your home more Energy Efficient:
Let’s see if we can find another place in the basement where Cold Air Penetration goes on all the time. Yesterday we talked about how dense cold air penetrates into the warmth of the house.
Don’t forget that in all of our conversations there is a major rule to understand; when it comes to movement of air – cold always moves towards warm! Cold air is more dense and warm air is less dense! The fact that cold air always moves towards warm air is exactly why we need to stop Cold Air Penetration. Let’s go look ……………….
This coming weekend is Labor Day which is the unofficial end of summer; kids in Vermont started school today, families settle back into a routine, and the amount of summer activities slows down.