Who is your Friend as you try to stop Cold Air Penetration?

Yesterday we closed basement windows, the number one culprit that allows Cold Air to Penetrate into your basement.  Hopefully all of you went down into the cellar and shut the windows last evening.  Did you?  It is ok if you’re putting this off for a weekend project.  Let’s face it, we all need weekend projects.

Today we move beyond closing windows and doors.  There are people with basement doors that exit to the outside; don’t forget these they must be tightly closed as well.  Take a good look at today’s photograph.  Do you know what it is?

It's time to close the windows!

We have been talking about Cold Air Penetration and how the Cold and Dense air gets into your home, or more accurately how it gets into the basement.

Take a look at today’s photograph and you will see the biggest culprit for that Cold Air Penetration.  Yup, that would be the basement window.

Where cold air goes

The other day we talked about Cold Air Penetration and you will see for the next several weeks that we frequently talk about it.

So……., here’s a fairly bold statement that is sure to conjure up reactions from some of our readers.  We contend that stopping Cold Air Penetration is the number one secret to cutting back on Heat Loss.

Here is how it works.

Heat escapes

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.

Where to begin?

Yesterday we started our “How to Winterize Your Home” series by introducing you to the three ways heat moves around – Conduction, Convection, and Radiation.  We had a very clever reader, one of our regular followers, call with a comment saying that there is a fourth way heat moves.  Yes Eric, you are right – heat moves with Evaporation also.  Evaporating liquids moves heat away from the source.  Think about how you perspire in the summer as a natural way to cool down.  

Thanks for the help with the topic of Heat Loss and add Evaporation to the ways Heat moves.

Winterizing your home.

For those of us that love summer the official start of autumn is a date with mixed feelings.  However, we all know that fall can be one of Vermont’s most beautiful times of the year.  The huge disadvantage to autumn is that The Foliage Season has such a short life.

In addition to Foliage Season fall marks the beginning of winter and the need for everyone to make improvements to their home to reduce energy consumption.

Where does the heat come from?

Here is a very perplexing question – if it is ZERO degrees outside and your Air Source Heat Pump is extracting heat from outside’s COLD air to heat your home…., how does that happen?  Today we are limiting our conversation to Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps.

Wouldn’t common sense tell you that cold outside air is not a great source of heat?  We were all kids once and mom would tell us “….shut the door, are you trying to heat all outdoors?”  So, how is it that today the same cold air is going to heat our home?

Lately it's been chilly

The past couple days have been chilly here in northern Vermont and it is that time of year when people are closing the windows.  Ok, ok……, the weather report for the upcoming week looks a lot like summer but none the less, it won’t be long until all of us will be thinking about turning the heat on.

For all of our loyal blog followers I am going back to something that we have talked about frequently; Heat Pumps.  There are several official names for today’s conversation:

How about a big fall project?

Did you know that here at Vermont Modular our busiest time of the year is from September on into the end of November with a considerable amount of activity in December?  Yes, building a home in the fall is not only easy it is actually very easy. 

Building a Modular Home in the fall makes the entire process all that much easier!  Here is a brief overview of what makes building in the fall such a great idea: