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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 PM   #16
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It gets around 58-60 down in my basement in the Winter, but I also keep my house around 68. It does not affect the main living area, but does help to keep the basement at the same conditioned levels as my main floor. Before we got Central air in our place, the basement would get around 76 in the Summer, and now with Central a/c, it is around 72 in the Summer, and same RH level during that time.

It becomes a ever evolving experiment in finding a comfort medium for your home, but once you get it weather tight and air sealed, you find that your bills go down from what those that live around you are paying.

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Seal around the attic scuttle with Silicone type caulk, and the candle trick does not always work, so use something like DAP foam, to seal around the windows for any gaps. Same around outlet & switch boxes on the outside wall perimeters. As for the basement, unless the insulation is down there for sound abatement, there really is no need for them, if it is a conditioned space, not open to the elements or dirt cellar.
Will do. I was going back to home center tomorrow so I will add that to my list. I think the R19 is for sound since it is in the garage and the master bedroom is over the garage in the basement. Not sure if insulation is installed in living space since the ceiling is sheetrocked, but I would assume so.
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It gets around 58-60 down in my basement in the Winter, but I also keep my house around 68. It does not affect the main living area, but does help to keep the basement at the same conditioned levels as my main floor. Before we got Central air in our place, the basement would get around 76 in the Summer, and now with Central a/c, it is around 72 in the Summer, and same RH level during that time.

It becomes a ever evolving experiment in finding a comfort medium for your home, but once you get it weather tight and air sealed, you find that your bills go down from what those that live around you are paying.
I noticed in the summer that the AC did not have to run much or at all. The brick vaneer would hold in the cool and we have large oaks around the house for shade. Once I seal up the around the windows/electrical outlets as you recommend it should be better. I have already noticed big different between natural gas and heat pump. Old house would be set around 70 in winter to be comfortable. New house with natural gas has same comfort around 67 degrees. Natural gas gets hot and fast.

You have been such great help. Are you familiar with load bearing or weights? I posted in another catagory about putting fire insert on upstairs hearth.

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The insert should not weigh that much. I would talk to some Chimney Sweeps in your area about that subject, to get an idea of what they are seeing in their line of work, regarding fireplaces & the such.
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Also, it will not take a couple of days to notice if the CPH change worked, it will only take a couple of hours to notice if changing it worked or not.
Milder temp days will cause it to take longer to adjust to the new setting. if it was real cold, a couple hours.

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