October 22, 2010MCM Home Improvement: Gee, It’s Cold In Here!
By Sablemable aka Jan
If you’re living in an area where soon the winter winds and snow will blow, then you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say it’s cold inside my house! Well, Jan, you reply, turn on the heat! Easier said than done, gang. Oh, yeah, the furnace works and is about 83% energy efficient, but I’ve discovered that my 1955 ranch is poorly insulated.
One area that plaques it is that vertical window at the entrance. Remember this from my Brick-It post a while back?
And here’s the other side of that window, in the coat closet. The cold air just creeps in. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
Well, we never got around to enclosing that section and we’ll have to wait until next spring. Double brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
Then there’s the kitchen window, above the sink. Inside…….
I had mistakenly classified this window as casement windows when they are actually awning windows. Somebody had also painted them shut on the inside and removed the screens. Bad former owner(s)! Again, cold air is coming in from these windows, somehow breezing through the paint.
No extra insulation has ever been added to the attic, ceiling and walls, but Bob did purchase batting for the attic and he and our neighbor, Andy (nice neighbor!) will be laying them down this weekend. That will help greatly!
Bob wants to replace the kitchen awning windows with just a plain window, but I still would like the awning windows, energy efficient this time around. Also, some of the window panes will have to be replaced as they are the original single panes. Bob and Andy will do that next year.
Got any ideas, readers for the kitchen window?