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Points To Consider For A Comfortable Home

Preserve The Warmness In And The Icy Out This Winter season: Points To Consider For A Comfortable Home
 
The cold season this year promises to be hard through much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts weather conditions are going to be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!
Autumn is the right time for you to make sure your house retains cozy and warm, in preparation for when the bitter blasts of January and February come pounding. With some simple Do-it-yourself insulation projects, you can hold the heat in and the cold out this cold weather, while also conserving your heating bill.
Check the basement
One of the initial places to inspect for proper insulation is the cellar.
“Up to 25 percent of a home’s heat loss is through the basement,” states Tom Savoy, technical director for Insulfoam.
Various homes within the U.S. were constructed with fiberglass batts among the wood wall studs, which happens to be infamously leaky, supplying a bridge for heat to pass through the wall, states Savoy. This type of insulation may also trap moisture in the walls, leading to a moldy cellar odor.
“Even if you don’t spend time in the basement, it is necessary to protect it right to help to manage the heating all through the rest of your home,” says Savoy.
A simple remedy is adding a layer of constant insulation to the home’s underground room walls using inflexible foam boards, that include expanded polystyrene (EPS).
Obtainable in home improvement stores, EPS insulation is simple to cut and install by using standard equipment at your house. Compared with many other insulations, inflexible foam boards are thin and easy to take care of, without messy fibers to clean-up.
“EPS is a professional grade insulation that even DIYers can set up,” says Savoy.
To begin with protecting your underground room, you may first need to determine how much insulation you will need, based on its “R-value.” R-value is the measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow, with higher numbers indicating better performance. A quick call to your city or district building department will let you know what R-value is proper, and if you will need to take anything else into consideration with your insulation project.
Take a look in the loft
In addition to protecting the downstairs room, another leaky place to examine is attic hatches. As heat rises, these hatches frequently have breaks around them, enabling the warm air to leave. Correctly sealing them with weather strip protection and also adding a layer of firm foam to the hatch will help keep heat in your living area.
In order to get ready for the coming shivery weather, the Farmers’ Almanac suggests stocking up on “sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.” Part of your preparation should also include an easy weekend or two of adding insulation to your home.
 
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Get Rid Of Household Drafts

With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget.
The United States Department of Energy says that household heating and cooling accounts for around 54 percent of the average American’s utility bill. Although some savings can be achieved through proper equipment maintenance and upgrades, the United States Department of Energy explains that an energy efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on energy bills as using a whole-house approach.
With heating and cooling taking up a large chunk of the household budget, understanding where your home is hemorrhaging money and how to effectively stop it can make a considerable difference to your comfort and your wallet. Building specialists say that any cold or drafty areas within a home are typically caused by air leaks within the building envelope. Air leaks can make rooms uncomfortable and allow the air to escape, forcing heating equipment to work continually to compensate. According to InsulationSmart.com, floors, walls and ceilings alone can account for up to 31 percent of air leakage in a home.
Consulting a home inspector or home energy rater, who can assess your home from roof to basement; will give you a better sense of where your home is leaking money and what cost-effective measures are available. While stop-gap solutions such as caulking and sealing visible cracks can help alleviate some of the air leakage, a home inspector will make recommendations that consider the whole wall infrastructure. For instance, a home with traditional batt or blown-in insulation is typically less energy efficient than a home with modern insulation material such as spray foam, because of the gaps these traditional insulation types leave behind.
Unlike the traditional insulation materials, spray foam insulation such as Icynene both insulates and air seals the home’s envelope in one step to provide a cost-saving option that not only stops drafts from occurring but reduces energy waste and cuts the monthly heating and cooling bill. Over the long-term, the savings quickly add up.
Spray foam insulation performs for the life of the property, ensuring that homeowners can enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures all year round without overrunning their heating and cooling equipment. Spray foam insulation can noticeably reduce heating and cooling costs, in some cases by up to 50 percent, easing the strain on the household budget.
Additionally, spray foam insulation helps minimize random airborne moisture and pollutants from entering the home, ideal for allergy sufferers particularly once the cold weather passes and spring arrives. Homeowners can learn the five easy steps of selecting the right insulation for their home on www.icynene.com.

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Do-It-Yourself Weekend Warrior Survival Guide

It’s the do-it-yourself dream: deciding on the perfect DIY project just as the weekend finally arrives. All the supplies have been purchased and you’re ready to dive right in. However, the enthusiastic start of the project doesn’t always end in completion.
“Knocking out a big home improvement or do-it-yourself project in one weekend can be a rewarding task, but it is also challenging and can be taxing on your knees, feet and back when standing in the same position for several hours,” says Mark Clement, home improvement expert and co-host of the national radio show MyFixitUpLife.
Whether you are woodworking at your workbench or staining a piece of furniture in the garage, Clement offers these tips to make the most of your DIY weekend projects while also feeling comfortable enough to successfully finish them:
Focus on form and technique. When learning a new technique, go slowly, step by step, until you’ve mastered it. Allow your body to become accustomed to the various motions required. Moving efficiently is one of the best ways to avoid injury.
Stay hydrated. Make it a priority to drink at least 125 ounces of cold water each day. Staying hydrated is important when exerting DIY energy, especially in the summer heat. So whether you’re digging up the garden, roofing the shed, or wrenching in a no-AC garage, keep a water bottle or sports drink close by.
Create a comfortable workspace. Be conscious of how long you are standing in the same spot working on your project and how your back feels. To relieve pressure and soreness on feet, knees and back, use a durable mat like the Stanley Utility Mat that is engineered with an optimal balance of cushion and support.
Dress appropriately. Flip-flops and sandals do not offer the balance, protection and support that a sturdy closed-toe shoe or work boot does while tackling home improvement projects. Even if you have the grace of a ballerina in the workshop or yard, it is remarkably easy to drop things on your feet and it only takes a small distraction to create a big problem.
Know your limits. When you only have a weekend to finish a big project, you might be feeling the pressure. Before the project even starts, accept that it may not all go according to plan. Plan for a few different scenarios and remember that you can always ask for help.
Have a first aid kit. Even if you are being extremely cautious, accidents can happen and it’s best to be prepared. Keep a first aid kit with all the essentials (antibiotic ointment, bandages, burn cream, etc.) near you at all times and seek professional medical help if necessary.
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