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Another benefit from air sealing
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From our perspective air sealing should often be the first step, but when explaining its importance to the home owner they often see the cost and hassle as too much and just want to add more…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Sep 4.

I say to-may-toes and you say to-mah-toes
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I like that song but I'm showing my age.We often talk about the general public's need to be educated about energy efficiency to increase their understanding and their interest in making…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bud Poll Mar 15.

Another Window Question
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We all know windows are cold in winter and do a poor job of keeping the heat in.  Unfortunately, the calculations that show the potential savings for new windows are dismal, with an extremely long…Continue

Tags: loss, heat, Window

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bud Poll Jan 9.

Basic CAZ instructions may not provide the correct number.

When you measure the worst case depressurization of a CAZ are you measuring the pressure in the appliance room or the room above it?  When your appliance room is in the basement and you run your…Continue

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Started Dec 19, 2013

 

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Bud Poll replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What an RCC can do with no R- insulation in the walls.
"Hi Hal, I have no experience with your RCC product, but I can comment in regards to using a radiant barrier "only" or applied to an insulated surface.  An insulated surface would obviously not be as hot as a non-insulated one and thus…"
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Another benefit from air sealing

From our perspective air sealing should often be the first step, but when explaining its importance to the home owner they often see the cost and hassle as too much and just want to add more insulation.  But those air passageways between basement and attic (and everything connected inbetween) are often super highways for those unwanted critters that inevitable find their way into our homes. So is having a few mice running up and down inside our walls really that bad?  Well, maybe one could…See More
Sep 8
tedkidd replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Why are you there? WHY ARE YOU THERE?   We need to make conscious effort to stop quickly jumping to diagnosing problems and offering solutions to problems not clearly articulated.  Why are you there? These can not be YOUR reasons,…"
Sep 4
Bud Poll replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"It is the other way around for the ducts in the attic. When the ac is running they actually cool the attic at a cost. Of course any heat that finds its way into the house will always end up at that ceiling. But there is another effect that…"
Sep 3
Bud Poll replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"LOL, I have a one track mind and every once in awhile it jumps the track.  The 90° makes more sense now.  "I was not discussing heat flow."  Heat flow is what determines the ceiling temperature.  I'll stand by…"
Sep 3
Bud Poll replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Hi Kurt, You mentioned "On a RESNET discussion some insulation experts agreed that insulation will not prevent hot attic air from heating ceilings."  I suspect there is more to that discussion as that statement isn't entirely…"
Sep 2
Bud Poll replied to Hal Skinner's discussion How much heat energy is lost through the floor of a house?
"With conduction that ends at the bottom of the joists and convection that is naturally suppressed due to the "warm over cold" winter condition, radiant heat loss is the only remaining path (assuming no air flow) and from articles I have…"
Aug 30
Bud Poll replied to Hal Skinner's discussion How much heat energy is lost through the floor of a house?
"Hi Hal, Search "Basecalc basement heat loss".  From memory Canada (nrcan) has/had a software for calculating heat loss through basements and now I see ornl uses the same term.  But you are correct that there is a ton of data out…"
Aug 30
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"From my work in NY City many years ago, the critters I saw would never have fit through a quarter size hole, of course if they wanted to pass through they would simply enlarge it.  They were huge and almost indifferent to humans.  People…"
Aug 29
Barbara Smith replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Eliminating quarter sized holes can impede rats from entering a building, in areas where rats tend to live: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/29/344022034/rats-new-york-city-tries-to-drain-rodent-reservoirs"
Aug 29
Ben Jacobs replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"This is info I give to clients that I serve. People who live in homes that are not energy efficient get a major benefit to their health as a result of making the homes more energy efficient.  Very often homes that are not energy efficient also…"
Aug 28
Brennan Less replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Thanks Bud. I just feel the need to point out any such issues, because we as a field need to be inclusive of women, both as home performance professionals and as homeowners (and elsewhere). I understand that it was not your intention, I'm…"
Aug 28
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Hi Brennan, "weak and irrational" is not at all what I was trying to communicate.  It was a nasty mess where anyone might have felt uncomfortable sleeping underneath.  But since I had to tell someone, I chose hubby (he could also…"
Aug 28
Brennan Less replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"I would love to see such matters discussed on this forum without broadly characterizing women as weak and irrational. As for the other benefit of air sealing, it is certainly something that home/pest inspectors regularly recommend to limit pest…"
Aug 28
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"That is also one of my concerns about adding new insulation over old.  On a consultation I did, when I went into the attic it had between 1' and 2' of old wool, depth varied because it had been moved around a lot at some point. …"
Aug 27
Barbara Smith replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"The only time I was present during dense packing of an attic with cellulose, people who were observing outside the home told me they saw "small rodents" jumping from the attic as we blew. "How small?" was my…"
Aug 27

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