My home's front door has a gap at the top and along its sides, where I can see daylight and feel cold air. What can I use to seal the gaps that will be flexible enough to move with the wood door as it shrinks and swells with the changing seasons? Thanks in advance.
It seems logical to me that metal roofing would get hot and add heat to the house. Yet it's supposed to be energy efficient. If I use metal roofing in Nashville, will it save monthly utility costs?
We like the looks, fire resistance, and permanence of metal roofing to replace our asphalt shingle roof. Will metal transmit heat and cold more than asphalt shingles? What percentage of increase might we expect in utility bills if we don't add insulation?
I'm converting my wood-burning fireplace to gas in my Goshen, Indiana, home. Which will save more on utility bills--buying a fireplace insert, or buying a free-standing gas stove that sits on an extended hearth in front of the fireplace? In the latter case the pipe would be routed through a brick wall that plugs the opening of the existing fireplace.
50-year old home in Denver, Colorado, is of 2 x 4" frame construction, and has eight single pane windows. What expenditure will improve my utility costs more--having the walls and attic pumped with insulation or replacing the windows with good vinyl double-pane windows?
My heating and cooling ducts run through my attic. I'm looking to add more insulation to my attic. So which kind and style would work best in my situation (spray foam, spray loose insulation, or both? Best bang for my buck and best energy plan?
Is the money savings in my heating bill that different between double and triple pane windows?
I plan to add a sunroom onto my living room, and I'd like it to have a glass roof to allow for views of the beautiful San Diego sky. What type of glass do you suggest I have installed for maximum energy efficiency and to avoid drastic temperature fluctuations inside?
I am building a new home in the Chicago suburbs. I am acting as my own general contractor, and have a question about windows. Which type of frames--vinyl, wood, or aluminum is the most energy-efficient? Can I get a tax break for using energy-efficient windows in new construction?