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How can we better insulate our garage to keep the heat inside our house?

With all the cold weather we've been having, the bedroom above our single car garage has been positively chilly. The rest of the house is nice and toasty, but that one room is several degrees cooler than anywhere else in the house. How can we make it better? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Tell me about your frugal, toasty ways, Metafilter

Can you share all the information, products, tips, etc., about weatherstripping and all other ways of keeping my house from leaking heat--and letting in cold air--when it's cold? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 23, 2013 - 37 answers

How to cool this HOT house???

Just replaced a 50-year-old tar/gravel roof with white shingles. This is in Florida. But now the house is hothothot, heat keeps rising, air-conditioner runs constantly but can't keep up! It's just after noon and 84 degrees in here! The roof is low-hip, the attic is a crawl space insulated to about R-30, there's a turbine on the roof and three passive vents. Still hot! Depressing after writing such a big check. Capable roofer says previous thick layer of tar/gravel probably insulated a lot. But now what's my next step? 1. Would a white latex coating be more cost-effective than a solar-powered vent? 2. Any other suggestions? Whew, and thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Temporarily insulate a drafty exterior door?

My apartment's back exit has a windowed door (similar to this, although it's only a single door) and no storm door. It's drafty and I'd like to insulate it as much as I can, sans all but the most rudimentary carpentry skills. What's my best temporary solution? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 10, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I make my rented flat warmer? On the cheap, if possible?

I'm renting a flat and it's cold, and it's going to get colder (I'm on a 1 year contract in the alps). Is there anything noninvasive (preferably cheap, but I'm ok to spend if it's really going to work) that I can do to warm the place up? What sort of portable space heaters give the best performance for electricity/gas? Are there any decent renter-based guides to improving insulation? [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 14, 2009 - 26 answers

Does attic ventilation = more efficient air conditioning?

Is leaving the windows in my attic cracked beneficial for keeping my air conditioning bill low? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

No heating this winter: What now?

How do I keep warm this winter in an unheated apartment? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Sep 23, 2008 - 42 answers

Is bubble wrap a good insulator?

I want to seal off the staircase to the third floor of my home to save on heating bills this winter. The rooms are used for storage only now. Is bubble wrap a good insulator? I would like to let light thru but keep the heat in. My home is an old Victorian with a winding staircase.
posted by boby on Sep 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Ooh, it's a bit parky... in.

Brrr. Our rented Victorian flat is getting a bit nippy. Help us insulate it. [more inside]
posted by randomination on Oct 5, 2006 - 12 answers

What'st he best way for me to setup heating in my basement without getting a feedback loop of thermostats?

Our 1200 sq. ft. partially finished basement is cold. There is insulation in the ceiling, and the windows are pretty new. Our thermostat is upstairs, so when the upstairs is comfortable, the basement is about 5-10 degrees cooler (a guess), even though there are heating vents in each room.

Can I just hook up a squirrel fan and pump warm air from the ground floor downstairs? Cut more vents in the ducts? Any other possible cheap/simple solutions?

I get the gnawing feeling that I'm stepping into a complex feedback loop problem--if I install a second thermostat, then the two thermostats duke it out until one of them wins or becomes skynet. Bonus points if you can point me to a place online where I can ask these questions and not get my head ripped off by HVAC professionals.
posted by mecran01 on Jan 22, 2005 - 15 answers

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