SteveZee wrote: wsherrick wrote: buck24 wrote:
william..... with this extremely cold weather we are having you have to be in Glenwood heaven with those stoves you have there.
Below Zero-No Problem O!! It's 75 in the house right now, running the stoves at half damper. Not even running them full out.
That's the difference between a 226yr old house and one that is properly insulated!
Wind exposure and infiltration is the big equalizer. You can have 8" walls with perfectly fitted insulation...but add in some leaky windows and doors, a few drafts around the foundation...and suddenly the heat load has doubled compared to an identical house with no air leaks. Moving a house from the woods to an open field will also have a big impact on the heat load...but the tighter the house is, the less of a difference the wind makes.
Of course you can only get a home to a certain level of air-exchanges per hour before you run into problems much worse than a few extra pails of coal...mildew, condensation, higher levels of chemicals off-gassing from plastics & furniture, etc.