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Home Heat Efficiency: Six Tips

Home Heat Efficiency: Six Tips
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by in Nov 2008

Primarily a two-person job, the work involves punching holes at the bottom and top of each stud bay and filling up the space with densely packed insulation. You can rent a blower, and you can purchase bags of insulation at large hardware stores. The difference insulation can make, Silva says, is astounding.”It was five or six at night, and we started at one corner of my house in the living room, and I worked across the back of the house, which was the living room, dining room, and kitchen wall,” he recalls. “My wife was inside the house, and as we were blowing each bay of the wall, she could actually feel the difference.”

6. Old Windows

If you’re intent on sticking it out with your old single-pane windows, make sure the glazing is intact. If it’s cracked, repair it. And be sure your windows are locked. “I don’t know how many times I’ve gone into a place where the owner has complained about a draft, and I’ve gone and locked the windows,” Silva notes. “It can make a big difference.”

So can insulating the cavities of your windows. High fuel cost doesn’t mean that you have to retire a home’s old rope-and-pulley windows, Silva explains. Instead, take the interior window trim off and pack the cavity, as well as the top and bottom of the window, with strips of rigid foam insulation.

Next, fill any voids with expanding foam insulation. Finally, in place of the rope-and-pulley, attach a spring balancer where the pulley is and hook it onto the bottom of the window. The result: Old World windows, New Age efficiency.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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6 Responses to Home Heat Efficiency: Six Tips

  1. sue eastburn November 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    HOW ABOUT SOME THERMAL CURTAINS. IDO THIS EVERY YEAR, IT HELPS. ALSO PLACE A BOARD ON TOP OF YOUR A.C. THIS WILL KEEP LEAVES OUT AND RUST FROM GETTING IN. THE AIR WI LL FLOW. HAVE YOUR TREES CUT BACK A BIT. WINTER SNOW CAN BREAK THEM AND CAUSE A PROBLEM. THANKS SUE P.S. MY HUSBAND IS FOR ME

  2. Olga Royal November 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Let the sunshine help warm your home. Open shades to let sun in and when dark, keep shades pulled down and especially when windy.

  3. Marty Brunskill November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm #

    Try using the shrink wrap plastic on old windows, my house is 100 years old and has drafty windows. Easy to put on and take off in the spring.

  4. Dave Hoarch November 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    Window Quilts! We have had them in two houses. First learned about them at a workshop over twenty years ago. The performance is amazing.

  5. ERROL TURNER November 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    BE SURE TO CHECK WHERE THE DISCHARGE PIPE LEAVES THE HOUSE—
    REF—CLOTHS DRYER—
    AND WHERE SILL COCKS LEAVE THE HOUSE—
    GO DOWN CELLAR–IN DAY TIME—WITH LIGHTS TURNED OFF
    AND LOOK FOR DAYLITE—YOU WILL BE SUPRISED AT WHAT
    YOU WILL FIND

  6. Barbara Seddon January 24, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    My house is of about the same vintage and blowing in insulation was not an option as this house is plank construction. I now have 8 inch think walls with LOTS of history between the sheetrock and the outside! I still have a problem with a back draft on my kitchen exhaust fan tho

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