Over this past weekend we had unseasonably cold weather, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and very high winds. Isn’t April just fabulous! I have mentioned several times that I personally think April is the cruelest month of the year. Last weekend snow, this coming weekend it is forecast to be 60 degrees. See why I think April is awful! The great thing about April is that it is followed by glorious May and so on…………
Here it is the middle of April 2018 the temperature outside is 51 degrees, it is cloudy, raining, and windy. YUCK! Personally, I think April can be the cruelest month of the year! One day it’s beautiful and then the next it’s snowing. By the way, a freezing mix is forecast for the weekend.
Yesterday we talked about how Condensing Boilers had become very energy efficient and that in some European Countries the government was either requiring Condensing Boilers or strongly encouraging their use with financial subsides; the goal is to reduce Green House Emissions and to improve the environment. Don’t forget that a Boiler makes Hot Water.
Today let’s take a look at how the Furnace has improved. Boilers make hot water and the Furnace makes Hot Air.
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: