Don Ames's Blog – January 2012 Archive (5)

How to Insulate Windows for Energy Efficiency and Peace of Mind

One of the reasons we have windows in our house is for mental health. Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a house with solid walls and no windows. I saw a similar living arrangement on T.V., they called it - being put in the hole - it was a movie about a prison.

When it comes to natural light and being able to see what is happening outside, windows would be hard to live without. When it comes to energy efficiency and…

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Added by Don Ames on January 30, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

What is Air Sealing

What is Air Sealing and How can it Save Energy?

by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com

Air sealing is important because air leaks through the walls, floor, and ceiling of your home. Air leaks out of your home when the air pressure inside the home is greater than the air pressure outside the home. Air also travels from hot to cold. The bigger the hole and the greater the pressure or temperature difference, the more air…

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Added by Don Ames on January 23, 2012 at 3:01am — 1 Comment

Heat transfer: How Heat Gets Out of Your Home and Costs You Money.

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

Heat flows out of your home in two ways, transmission and air leakage. Transmission and air leakage occur through all surfaces of the home - walls, floor, roof, windows and doors.

The amount of heat transfer depends on two factors: thermal resistance and surface area. Thermal resistance has to do with the quality and quantity of the material in the walls, floor, roof, windows, and…

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Added by Don Ames on January 11, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Today's Power Trip - Heating Duct Insulation and Raccoon Paradise

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Please read the article and catch the screen cast at the end of the article.

Earlier in the week, I spoke about construction flaws and how builders have a tendency to build energy waste right into the structure of a home. The contractors really don't mean too, we all understand that, but , never-the-less, poor construction design, short cut methods, and lack…

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Added by Don Ames on January 9, 2012 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Where to Look For Construction Flaws and Energy Waste

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

Construction flaws waste energy, reduce comfort, and encourage building deterioration. A little knowledge about construction methods can help you locate and correct these flaws. Let's face it, homes were not created equal, homes are the result of a hundred hands belonging to fifty different people that will never live in the house, but, never-the-less, have great influence…

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Added by Don Ames on January 5, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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