Using spray foam in the basement

Yesterday we talked about insulating the basement and the conversation was active, thanks everyone for joining in!

In yesterday’s blog we limited the conversation to the use of Polystyrene Rigid Foam panels.  If you don’t know it by its real name (Polystyrene) then you probably know it as “Foam Boards” or “Foam panels.”  These are typically pink or blue in color and they are used everywhere.

What’s going on down in the basement?

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.

Power Panel

Yesterday we took another look at the Electric Meter that is on the outside of your home.  We did get a call pointing out that occasionally the Electric Meter is not always mounted on the side of the house.  There are other available locations:

Electrical Service

This week let’s take a look at some of the other mechanical systems within your new home.  So far we have examined heating, some of the electrical service, and what the carpenter might be doing.

Today let’s look at the size of your electrical service.  Did you know that the power company owns several pieces of equipment at your home:

Radiant, Steam, Forced Hot Air, and how about Heat Pumps

We will conclude our discussion about various types of heat with a discussion of Cold Climate Heat Pumps that also have several other names, they are known as a Mr. Mini-Split

Heat Pump technology is not a new thing.  Heat pumps have been used for decades down south as a source of air-conditioning and also as a source of heat.  Unfortunately, Heat Pumps did not work nicely when temperatures dipped below 40 degrees.  As you can quickly see they simply did not work well up north in cold climates.

Radiant, Steam, and how Forced Hot Air

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.

Its Cold outside, we need heat!

The other day we started a conversation about how to heat your new home.  Every “heating device” is a machine that makes either Hot Water or it makes Hot Air.  Technically a Furnace make hot air and a Boiler makes hot water. 

In today’s discussion we are not talking about The Boiler.  Today we will talk about Radiant Heat

Every home will need heat!

Several days ago, we talked about the tasks your carpenter will need to do inside the home. 

Today let’s take a look at one of several ways to heat your new home.  Almost always the plumber is also your heating technician.  When you are ordering your new home from Vermont Modular Homes you will need to decide how you plan on heating your home.  This is not an easy question as there are so many options available to you.

How much work is there for the carpenter?

Many times, the first job for the carpenter is to build the stairs down to the basement.  We talked about this yesterday and the obvious reason for building those stairs first is a safety concern.  Going up and down on a ladder is not as safe as using a set of stairs.  But, now that those stairs are done it is time to start on the finish work.

And you will also need a carpenter.

On your job right now you have the excavator guy outside with his machinery building all sorts of things.  And, one of those tasks is to dig a trench for the underground power so that the electrician can have the power company energize the house.  While the excavator and the electrician are busy, down in the basement the plumber is busily connecting all kinds of pipes so that the mechanicals of the house all work. 

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