The whole idea behind winterizing your home is to save on energy costs, doing the right thing for the environment, and improving your own personal comfort – all of it centers around the simple fact that houses do have a Chimney Effect.
The past couple days have given us some strange winter weather. In the very recent days it has snowed, rained, wintry mix, back to snow, freezing rain, and then a last gasp of snow.
It seems as though one of winter’s picturesque images is that of icicles dangling from roofs. They twinkle in the sunlight and are an iconic image of winter. Many of us as kids vividly remember breaking off an icicle and licking on it as though it were a Popsicle.
Every day we suggest you go look for this or go look for that; look here or look there. It seems as though we are always using our eyes to find problems. On Friday we talked about a hole in the basement floor, the useless basement cellar drain.
Today we suggest another approach. We are going to suggest that you walk around the house on a particularly cold day. For those of you that missed it, this morning it was a miserable 4 degrees outside. Isn’t that awful!
A long time ago when your basement was built it was common practice to install a floor drain. This drain was installed in case something awful happened in the basement, the drain would allow water in the basement to leave. Things like a broken pipe or a washing machine leak would cause a minor flood in the basement and the floor drain would solve any problem.
Just the other day we received an email asking about the huge hole in the floor associated with the bath tub. Basically the question was whether or not they should do something about that hole.
Let’s take another look at the bath-tub:
Earlier today Vermont Modular posted a beautiful picture showing the nostalgia associated with sitting by the fireplace. The picture’s caption said, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
There is another part of the fireplace that is often neglected. Ask yourself this, “…when was the last time you had the chimney cleaned?”
In yesterday’s blog post we talked about Energy Star appliances and how they can save a lot. Not only are Energy Star appliances goof for your pocketbook but they are far better for our environment because they consume LESS ENERGY.
Are you curious how today’s photograph shows you new appliances? Perhaps we are going to talk about appliances that are in the bathroom. Huge amounts of energy and environmental impact come from your bathroom by:
This time of year it seems as though we are deluged with advertising that tells us this is the right time of year to purchase new appliances. Well, it just might be the right time.
So when you are looking for those wonderful appliances that make life easier make sure you are always looking at appliance that are Energy Star rated. The difference between an Energy Star appliance and one that is not rated can cost you hundreds of dollars more each year.
Over the next couple days I’ll try to point out a couple easy things that you can do to improve on the Energy Efficiency of your home. Today’s big tip deals with your thermostat.
Like so many things there are numerous types of Thermostats.
In previous blog posts we have talked about R-Values that measure how effective at blocking Heat Loss the exterior wall of your home. The “R” in R-Value refers to the insulation’s Resistance to heat loss. Therefore, the greater the resistance the better the insulation is performing and that translates to the higher the R-Value the better. High Score wins.