House Wrap Continued

Yesterday we talked about using House Wrap as a way of stopping the wind penetration along with preventing water from entering the exterior wall.  House Wrap which is known by a series of brand names is an amazing product that is used widely in quality built homes.  As you wander around you probably see it being used all the time.

Wrap up the house

Today we are going to take a short tangent to explain one of the most common techniques out there for stopping Cold Air Penetration.

It seems as though virtually every building that is built goes up and then the entire structure is wrapped with “House Wrap.”  Most of the time it appears as though the house all covered up with some sort of cloth – not quite!

How important is moisture and humidity and water?

For the past couple weeks we have been talking about Cold Air Penetration and Heat Loss

As your home closes up for the winter and the heat turns on the house starts to dry out; we have all noticed how doors seem to shrink, cracks open up, and things seem to fit more loosely.  That is because the humidity in the house is going down and “….and all the boards did shrink.”

So, what did you accomplish last weekend?

Today (Tuesday, 11/8) it is a spectacular day, it is 61 degrees, the sun is shining, and it is Election Day.  Oh…………….., at this time tomorrow the sun will rise, the sun will set, and life will go on without political campaigning.  See, there is something to look forward to.

So, last weekend, were you able to tackle any of our suggested ideas to winterize your home?  For example, did you –

Captain Obvious, should he visit your home?

For the past couple days we’ve been talking about fixing the Cold Air Penetration spots in your basement.  We’ve looked at the huge hole in the floor caused by the bathtub drain and then moved on to the “never used” basement floor drain.

We think that both of those ideas are worth point out since they typically are big sources of Cold Air.

The Tub Drain lets a lot of Cold Air to enter.

Ok, so today is Halloween and probably most everyone is either putting the finishing touches on their costume or making sure there’s enough candy for tonight’s revelers. 

But, just in case you are worrying about the heating bill for the upcoming winter ….., we have a tip that will help you greatly!

And the cold air continues.

What’s the big deal with Cold Air Penetration?  Let’s face it most smart people shut, block, close off, and seal off most of the cold air from coming in.  It’s not as though we leave the front door open.  Remember when your mother would say, “….shut the door!  Are you trying to heat outdoors?” 

Cold Air Penetration 101.

So far we have talked about how Dense Cold Air basically forces it way into your home through all kinds of tiny cracks and crevices.  The air wants to force itself in because it is so much more dense and has a greater weight.  That weight pushes against the warm air inside and forces itself inside.

Today let’s look at some spots where the Cold Air Penetrates into your home.  Remember we are chasing those things that when fixed will make a significant improvement and are cheap.

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