Everyone has one of these

Some things are easy to see, and others are difficult especially when we are talking about Cold Air Penetration.  Let’s face it, trying to see air penetrate can be problematic.  However, sometimes it is fairly easy to see how the air is able to move from point A to point B.

Isn't fresh air a good thing?

During the summer we always hear about fresh air and how wonderful that can be.  Honestly, I completely agree!  Isn’t it nice to be outside on a summer day in the sunshine enjoying outdoors!  That is truly a wonderful thing.

During the winter that same fresh air can be a challenge to keep out.  Let’s face it the same fresh air we enjoy in the summer has become Cold Air Penetration during the winter. 

How important was heat loss?

Throughout our blog posts we are constantly talking about Heat Loss and how very important it is.  The more heat you loose from your home the more money it costs you and the more fossil fuel you burn.  Losing money isn’t a good idea and contributing to Global Warming is for sure not a good idea.  Losing money is the same as foolishly wasting money, that’s fairly dumb.  Contributing to Global Warming is irresponsible!

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.

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.

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?