Well it would seem that Punxsutawney Phil was correct with his prediction of an early spring this year. After that brutal week of cold weather it would appear that the cold weather is begging to move on and warmer spring weather is coming in. At least that’s what it looked like this past Saturday when the high in some areas was 65˚ F. It was nice to be able to get out and enjoy the warmth while it lasted. All of the members were able to make it outside for either work or play; I spent my mine at a rugby tournament at Millersville. But what brought this weather to the area? Was it a result of climate change or just a warm front passing through?
I believe that it is a combination of the two. New weather models show that this upcoming week we will being seeing an average high of 45˚F, where this may not be the warm weather we all want it is a big difference compared to last week! However, at the end of the week the weather models are predicting highs back in the 30s. It will be very interesting to see how this affects our gas consumption during this month compared to others and compared to our data we collected last year. We have already noticed that the quarter round that I installed last year is already making a difference by keeping the draft down. I have also notice that the few changes that I have made to my room have made a big difference compared to last year.
Last year, my bedroom upstairs was one of the coldest rooms in the house. The reason for this was that there was a large space between the wall and floor, the floor was not carpeted, and the space between the crawl space and the bedroom was not sealed. To solve the first problem I simply applied backer rod, which is pre-caulk filler, then caulked in the open spaces. This has helped keep the draft out and the warm air in. I also placed a larger area rug to help keep any cold air from coming up through the floor. Finally, I was able to seal up the crawl space door by placing a door draft stopper to it. This simple $10 item has been amazing! This stopper is cut to the length of the door and works by keeping the cold air in the crawl space and the warm air in the bedroom. I encourage everyone to look around their house and see what they can do for their homes. Overall, the caulk and draft stopper only cost $20.
We are also seeing that we do not have to have the heat set as high during the day and night because we have been able to capitalize on the warmer weather and the sun. Luckily our house receives sunlight for most of the day so it is always nice and warm, even on those really cold days. Again we are going to compare this data to the data collected from last year to see just how much our gas and energy consumption differed.
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Until next time,