January 2018 – Baby, it’s COLD outside!

It’s been a COLD January, except for a few days ago when it hit 60° and then plummeted again – like a tantalizing taste of spring only to be thrust back into winter. Our house is made of sturdy stone and while it stands up well to wind and rain, the stone gets cold. The walls are cold, the floor is cold – and I’m cold!

I don’t know why we didn’t think about this before, but we decided to insulate the ceiling in the basement to help keep the 1st floor warmer. With the cold weather we’ve been having (like 0° F), it has been as low as 41° in the basement, and that cold has been seeping up through the floor boards.

But not anymore. We installed 12 rolls of R-19 insulation up into the ceiling of the basement. Now we’re keeping an eye on the temperature in the basement to make sure it doesn’t get so cold that pipes freeze, and keeping an eye on the temperature in the house – to see if it makes a difference. I think my feet feel warmer already.

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The floor joists had no insulation, and it gets cold in the basement.
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So we bought 12 rolls of R-19 insulation.
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We feel warmer, now I hope the pipes won’t freeze in the basement!

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