Q: Jason – Do you have any other advice on how to save heat in my house? I’m looking for some little-known advice, not the same stupid stuff about “buy a setback thermostat” and “put a sweater on”. I read that stupid advice and say “Well-DUHHH!” – YT
A: YT – I will try not to let you down with my advice to you. I don’t want you to get done reading this and say “well-DUHHH!”
2) If you are looking to do an upgrade to your home that will save you heat and cost some money then upgrade your furnace. In most cases this will get you a higher return for your money and your effort that buying a corn burner, a fireplace insert, replacing windows, or most any other upgrade. Unless of course you already have a high efficiency furnace.
3) Look in your attic. how many inches on insulation do you have up there? If it is less than 2 feet you should look at maybe adding some. A harware or home improvement store can tell you what you should have up there. The meards near me even lent me their insulation blower to blow the stuff into the attic with. It is not hard to do but you need two people and a good mask for the guy running the hose.
4) If you have a basement look to see if the wood is insulated where the concrete basement wall stops at the top and the wood base of the house comes together. This spot is rarely insulated and it allows a bunch of cold to convect through this bare uninsulated wood to your floors and basement. See picture.
5) Put on a sweater! HA! I couldnt resist YT. Please forgive me – Jason