Yesterday we started a conversation about how an Heat Recovery Ventilation system will control the moisture in your home. Basically, the HRV will exhaust stale air from inside your home and bring in fresh air. The concept is really simple and I suppose you could accomplish the same thing by simply opening a window. But, when you open the window you are creating a huge hole in the building envelope and tons of warm air will escape. That would not be a good idea if you are trying to be energy conscious.
As fall approaches and winter is around the corner it is that time of year when we close the windows and try to seal our homes from winter’s harsh weather. Before you go ahead and close everything up for the winter it might be time to consider moisture control.
Ask yourself a couple questions about winter in your home:
Last week we introduced you to the potential problem that lurks in your home. If you have purchased or built a really good home, one that includes:
- Insulation that is done well and greatly restricts heat loss
- Thermal barriers that keep the cold out
- High performing/quality windows
- A home that is built tight
Guess what? You possibly have a big problem lurking in the background that can cause you problems. Here’s what happens:
Yesterday we had another home set on its permanent foundation. This home is located in Southern Vermont up in the mountains. You may recall seeing a post of ours last week when the home was delivered. We received several email inquiries and phone calls with questions about this house.
Yesterday we set both of the modules on the foundation and assembled the ceiling and roof of the great room. The front half of the house is going to be a fully vaulted ceiling and a wall of glass looking out at the view.
For weeks now we have been talking about how to stop Heat Loss and how to stop Cold Air Penetration. To make a very complicated topic easy to understand; to stop Heat Loss is a matter of sealing up a home and insulating it very well. Or, in other words, we are going to make your new home Very Tight. Remember, homes do not breath, you and I breath but not homes.
On Thursday, we had a home delivered to Southern Vermont in a beautiful Mountain location. Look at today’s photograph and you will see one of the trucks and in the background, is another truck.
This home will be a Chalet Style home with expansive glass to take in the view and beauty of the location.
Each home has a process that is followed and yesterday’s delivery is but one of several aspects of ordering a modular home.
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.
A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program. Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy. This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.
Here we are in the kitchen the room that many consider to be The Heart of a Home. Lots of families all but live in the kitchen, it is where people gather, dinners are made, families congregate around the dinner table, and many a cup of coffee is had along with an occasional Adult Traveling Beverage. The Kitchen Island is something that never happened in Grandma’s house, it is an idea born of the 21st Century where the kitchen is an integral part of The Great Room rather than a separate room.
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: