Ensuring Total Energy Efficiency through Proper Home Insulation

When it comes to home insulation needs, there are so many places in your home which are easily ignored. So if you want to ensure maximum energy efficiency in your home, you should know the gaps that need to be plugged. I will be explaining some of these places and provide you a few tips so that you can save more in the long term while enjoying a more comfortable home interior.

Home Insulation

Where should you Install Insulation?

As a homeowner, you should always know that most of the heat loss takes place through your home’s roof. The reason can be traced back to your science classes where you were taught that hot air rises and cool air settles down. So you should begin by ensuring that your attic is properly insulated. If it is an unfinished attic, the insulation must be installed on the attic floor and if you are using it as a living space, the insulation should be installed between the rafters.

It is the older homes that will lack insulation in the attic. Most of the temperature exchange between your home and the outer air takes place through the attic. This means that your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to maintain the indoor temperature.

The attic should be evaluated by a professional home insulation expert. The insulating material should be checked for thickness, proper installation and gaps. The insulation will have a vapour barrier and it should always faced towards the living space. If it is not properly positioned, it will be the insulation material that will trap all the moisture which could gradually damage it.

While it is recommended to seal all the vents and ducts in your home, when it comes to insulating attics, it is important to leave some ventilation path between the building exterior and the insulation. The gable, ridge or soffit vents should never be blocked in the roof, else you will be creating another big problem – moisture. Besides, thermal insulation shouldn’t be installed around old wiring. I will recommend that the wiring must be checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that the insulation meets the code. You have to allow proper heat dissipation from all the electrical conductors. If not, there is potential fire hazard.

Doors and Windows

This one is easy – most people know how important it is to seal their doors and windows. It is still surprising for me that most homes will not have properly sealed doors and windows. Get your home evaluated by an expert and check if you need to replace those old doors and windows replaced by new and energy-star rated high-insulation materials. If you don’t seal them properly, you will continue losing a significant percentage of energy through them.

Types of Insulation Materials

Once you have determined the places that need the “plugging”, you should discuss the type of insulating material with your insulation expert. Fibreglass, cellulose and rock wool are the three most popular materials which are currently used in different types of homes.

Sealing all Vents

Energy Star claims that almost 20% of heat is lost through the vents and ducts because of leakage or improperly sealed connections. So make sure that all the relevant vents and ducts are sealed properly. At the same time care should be taken when insulating the vents and ducts in the attic.

The Author has more than two decades of experience in the home insulation calgary industry. He currently leads a team of attic upgrade and home insulation team serving the entire Calgary region. He also provides consultative services to large clients and likes to share his knowledge through his writing skills whenever he is not working.

How To Install Hydroponic Air Pump For Your Reservoir

Hydroponic gardening is still at a nascent stage but its popularity is bound to grow in the near future as natural resources turn scarce day by day and population in on the upward trend. Almost all kind of hydroponic systems require some kind of an air pump, like a hydroponic aquarium air pump.

Hydroponic air pump for reservoir

Hydroponic air pump for reservoir

The hydroponic air pump you buy should efficiently work with the nutrient reservoir. It is quite obvious to state that this reservoir should be well oxygenated for maintaining optimum efficiency.

If you have thought about hydroponic gardening, then you certainly want the perfect plants and for this, the aquarium air pump is a must buy. However, it also needs to be installed correctly for efficient functioning.

First and foremost, you need to determine the air tubing’s length that you will require for the air stones to rest in the reservoir and where you want to place the air stones. You may leave a little bit of extra tubing. Certainly, you don’t want a lot since air will lose power over a certain distance.

If you want to seal the lid, then create a hole from the reservoir’s side. Put this hole closer to the top so that water does not spill out. This is the hole from where the air tubing will pass through. Now put the tubing through this hole made before you connect the air stone or the pump.

The next step is to connect the T connectors that you plan to use with your hydroponic aquarium air pump. T connectors are used for connecting two air lines for aerating two different stones. One large pump is capable of aerating several air stones in a single reservoir or it can also provide the necessary oxygen to multiple reservoirs. It is a good idea to use small air pumps for each of the reservoirs.

The next step is cutting the air line before it connects with each of the air stones for putting in check valves. These check valves make sure the air pump will not drain off the water if there is a power outage. Draining water in the pump can cause it to break. Now connect the stones to the air lines and place where you would like. It is good to connect heavier stones since they will stay stable at the reservoir’s bottom. If there are several air stones, scatter them evenly so the reservoir stays well oxygenated at all times.

Now it is the right time for hanging the hydroponic aquarium air pump if you wish to do it. Indeed, pumps can produce a lot of noise and also produce loud vibrations which some people not like. Hence, the air pump that hangs should preferably be a quiet one. Connect the air tubing’s other end to the small connector that comes out of the air pump. Plug in the pump and start oxygenating the reservoir. Now, you hydroponics system is ready to use.

In the past few years, hydroponics gardening has assumed a lot of importance as a reliable method to grow soils without requiring soil.

How to Get Repaired Kitchen Plumbing Problems?

Most of kitchen plumbing problems are minor. Certain most common issues occur in the kitchen include a loose pipe, a leaking tap and an overloaded drain trap. Since these are minor problems, calling a plumber can be costly and time consuming. If you know how to repair these minor kitchen plumbing issues, then you can avoid plumber expenses.

Determine the problem

First check and find out where the problem is. Drippage in two-control tap might be having issue inside the faucet housing, and may its washer have worn down. Washers are used to avoid drippage by keeping the metal closeoff valve inside the tap sealed. If it is a leakage under the sink, then switch the water on and look for a loose pipe.

Sometimes, the drain faucet beneath the sink may cause problems when clogs form there. Drain trap is a U-shaped tube extending from the sink to the wall.

Stop the tap water supply

When you have determined the real problem, switch off the tap water supply. You can see the two closeoff valves either at the ground or near the sink that controls the water flow to the tap. Two closeoff valves are used for hot and cold water supply respectively. Switch on the tap using handles to drain out any remaining water. Now, you can work on the tap. It is recommended to change washers and make the pipes tighter at the same time.

Change the faucet controls

Use a crescent wrench to move out one of the tap valve stem. The stem will look a little similar of a spark plug and includes a washer. Washer is fixed at the bottom of the stem and you need to unscrew the washer. It is available in different sizes and so, purchasing one or two of the correct size will be easier if you take it to the hardware shop.

Tighten the new washer to the bottom of the stem. Enclose a small piece of thread seal tape on the threads of the stem and tight the stem back to the valve. Turn on the control and repeat the procedure for the remaining one.

Fasten the nuts

Employ a wrench to fasten the nuts that control the hot and cold water supply line to the beneath of the tap that access them under the sink. Generally supply lines are made of flexible tubing with a threaded nut on both ends. Once you have fastened the nuts, discharge water and look for leaks. If you find any leak, then use thread seal tape to the threads. Even after the leak continues, bring the flexible tubing to hardware shop and buy a replacement.

Loosen the big nuts

Loose the big nuts that control the drain trap in place. It is a U-shaped pipe at the bottom of the sink and is the main area for clogs. Pull the pipe off in a smooth manner and clean it out. Change the drain trap pipe and put some thread seal tape to the threads. Also examine the remaining drainage pipes to ensure that they are firmly held in place. Switch on the water, and your project is completed!!