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Display Name: Stacey Cordeiro
Member Since: 2/24/11

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@kmk1112 - yes this is also true of a regular water heater. You can insulate those hot water lines between the tank and your faucets to reduce the heating loss. A recirculating system keeps hot water flowing through your plumbing, whether you use it at the tap or not, which is very wasteful. These tankless systems really are a better solution to your problem, but as the article says, only if you locate them properly.


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5/20/11 12:17 PM

Michelle, of course a better air-sealed and insulated home is going to use less energy than and old drafty one. Air sealing and insulation are both necessary, you shouldn't really do either one without the other, but they are very different things.

All I'm saying is that you have captioned #3 above as "don't worry about over-insulating" - but really what you meant to say was don't worry about over-air-sealing. I'm pointing out that error and also disagreeing with your statement that you don't need to worry about it, because you do.


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3/8/11 02:19 PM

I have to disagree with #3. For one thing, it's air sealing, not insulation, that "tightens up" a house. And the issue is, if you tighten up a house far enough, you are sealing yourself inside with your combustion appliances like gas stoves, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. If these appliances are not functioning properly, or if you cause them to backdraft as a result of your renovation, you are in danger of adding carbon monoxide to your indoor air. Even though it's true that most houses have a lot of air sealing to do before this becomes an issue, it is not responsible to present the issue the way you have here. This is definitely something you should worry about!


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2/24/11 03:47 PM