Weatherization

Hot Water Pipes and Basement Sills – The Secret Heat Loss

July 1, 2013
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    I’ll preface this by saying that this photo is from my basement…notice the insulated sills in the background (*strains arm patting self on the back*). I wrote previously about low cost/high impact DIY projects for the enterprising homeowner. These are projects that are both common and if so desired, well within the means […]

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The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

March 11, 2013
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    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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Blower Door 2 – Blower Door Harder

November 7, 2012
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    And that post title does sound vaguely raunchy but oh, well. Continuing from from a few weeks back where I realized I ought to do a post talking a bit more about how these tools are actually used. Blower doors are spoken of in reverential tones in energy circles. Or at least they […]

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Do Insulating Window Kits Work?

June 27, 2012
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  In case you can’t tell, I wrote this in November just as I was hanging up my 3M window film. Just wait for my January posts on the best window mounted air conditioners! Everyone knows about insulating window kits. They’re simple cheap, effective and most people avoid them like the plague. Plastic window insulation […]

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Blown In Fiberglass vs. Fiberglass Batts

December 29, 2011
Blown In Fiberglass vs. Fiberglass Batts

    I suppose it was only time before insulation manufacturers realized they could forego the expense of all that kraft paper binding the fiberglass batts. At first blush, it seems like blown in fiberglass and fiberglass batts ought to be very similar. I mean they’re both fiberglass, right? However, it’s like saying glass shards […]

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