Home Improvement

Home improvement projects I’ve completed and thought I’d share with other folks. Perhaps someone can learn from my mistakes and successes.

Melted Snow in Attic

snow in attic

The blizzard we had on December 20th, 2006 was probably the worst I’ve seen since living in Colorado Springs. The 10 minute average wind speed hovered around 45 mph for 3 hours and wind gusts exceeded 55 mph. It was one nasty storm that caused a lot of problems all throughout the country. For us however, and most people I spoke with who live all around town, the pain was troublesome. Due to the direction of the wind and the orientation of our home, it blew snow in the attic…
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Cold Air Infiltration Into House Under Subfloor

Over the last couple years, I’ve wondered why our master bedroom was on average about 10°F cooler than the rest of the house during the winter. At first, I thought it had to do with poor insulation or that the central air registers in that bedroom were not supplying enough warm air from the furnace. Turns out cold air infiltration was the culprit and it was seeping into our bedroom from two locations. Air infiltration is a bad thing. No matter how much insulation you have, cold air infiltration leaking…
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Insulating Furnace Ducts in Crawlspace

Insulaing ducts

Once again, Melody homes did yet another crap job, this time “forgetting” to insulate the duct work for our central air furnace which happens to run through a ventilated crawlspace. The duct work spiders off into many different directions to supply heat to our house, of which about 100′ runs through our crawlspace. So, during the winter the crawlspace is the same temperature as outside; about 20°F. Whenever the furnace is off, the duct work cools off to about 20°F and takes a good 30 seconds to heat up. As…
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Sealing Furnace Ducts with Mastic

The duct work in our house, at least in the places I could access, leaked a lot of conditioned air into non-conditioned spaces. For example, in the crawlspace and basement lots of air was escaping from the duct work where two pieces joined. I figured I was loosing quite a bit of energy by heating parts of the house no one lived in and was probably making it comfortable only to the bugs and other critters that might like some warmth during the winter months. Conversely, if you live in…
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Cold Air Blowing Through Wall Outlets

Air infiltration occurs when outside air finds its way inside your house. Most people notice this in the winter when cold air blows through their wall outlet. Or in the summer when the hot 100°F air finds its way into your cool living space inside. In either case, you can expect higher heating and cooling bills if you have a lot of air infiltrating into your home. There are numerous locations from which outside air can find its way inside. Even more so in older houses, which are not as…
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