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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

we're wrapped up pretty tight

Good morning.
I'm glad we weren't camping yesterday because it was cold, cloudy, and windy. :-)
On our last day off, I stayed home and Craig did our usual running around. I had to be home for a 9am service call. We had our furnace guy coming over to take care of the co2 problem we've been experiencing off and on. I first told of this problem back in early June. You'll find the post here.
Anyway, the problem seems to be a negative air flow. The high fan is sucking in more air than it can find. Apparently, even though our house is 57 years old, I've managed over the years of insulating, caulking and weather striping to pretty much seal it up fairly tight. So without much air leaking into the house to compensate, it was pulling air down the water heater exhaust, causing the water heater to occasionally vent into the house.
So what was the answer? Bring more air in from outside. He ran a 4 inch pipe from the furnace room just above the floor to near the attic ceiling.. I said, "isn't that just like opening a window?" He said it wasn't because the attic is dead air. Little movement. The only time air will come through the pipe, is if it's pulled through when the fan is running. He says we'll get more air in through the water heater exhaust, which is really another open pipe to the outside. I guess I didn't realize how many 'openings' we have to the outside. The dryer vent, the bathroom exhaust. They all hook to the outside, with nothing much more than a poorly self sealing flap. It will be interesting to see in the winter if cold air comes down through it. If so, I can always stuff some insulation up it for the winter. Most of the winter, the furnace uses low fan, so it isn't as much of a problem as summer.
So anyway, after that was done, Craig had arrived back home, and we mowed the yard. Got the mo-ho backed into it's parking space, and I did some weeding.
Dinner was a chicken version of hamburger helper. Was good.
And now, it's back to work. Looks to be a fairly busy week. Since it's hard to schedule time for lunch, I always take stuff to snack on during the day. This week it's bananas, watermelon, plums, celery, cottage cheese, and tuna fish. Oh, and leftover pasta salad from our trip. :-)
And since we were gone and didn't fix big enough dinners for leftovers, it'll be lean cuisine thingies for the next 2 nights. But that's okay, I like them. :-)


  1. You don't want the house too well insulated, anyway. It's bad for you.
    Attic air is usually warmer than the rest of the house. Heat rises.
    Have a great day. Sounds like a good lunch! :)

  2. Hi Wayne! :) Glad you got the co2 issue solved. HUGS!