NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."

 

 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.

 

 

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February 25, 2019

When you start counting the baths, cooking, indoor plants, wet laundry, the dog’s water dish, the rain-soaked  dog, wet jackets and hats, and on and on you’ll quickly get the idea that there is a mini-climate in your house and it needs to be dealt with or you’ll get visited by the mold fairy!

Your heated house is constantly changing these sources of water into air-borne vapor and will allow them to change back into water where a cold surface meets the warm, moisture-laden air, like a toilet tank or window pane.

The trick is to control the “incoming” sources of this moisture and balance the rest with vented fans and other types of ventilation. When you do this, your comfort goes up and the excessive moisture on the thermal windows goes away.

Humidity in the house should be 45 percent to 55 percent. This creates comfort and livability year around. In excess, it is bad for the house.

One of the questions that we are often asked this time of year is “Why do I have moisture inside my thermal-pa...

February 18, 2019

Heat pumps. They are something we’ve mentioned a lot over the years. In particular, we’ve mentioned the ductless heat pump the last few years as a good choice for steady, inexpensive heat in our climate for a relatively small investment. Today we’re going to sing their praises again. If you have an older house that is in need of a new heating system, make sure to keep reading! 

HOW HEAT PUMPS WORK

In this climate, a heat pump is an efficient way to heat and cool a house. The technology of a heat pump basically recovers heat from outside air and transfers it to inside your house. Fans circulate air past coils outside to capture the heat. Then it goes via a high pressure closed-loop refrigerant line to a coil inside the house where another fan circulates air past the inside coil which is heated by the gas.

In the summer, it will do the reverse –pulling the heat out of the inside air then blowing it off at the outside heat pump. The returning refrigerant gas cools the coil and is circulated...

February 10, 2019

Energy costs are high this time of year, so in recent weeks we’ve been talking about ways to stay comfortable and keep the costs down in your home. In this blog we’ll talk about the cost of running some things – like portable heaters – and also how you can get rebates for a variety of energy-saving measures.

SPACE HEATERS CAN ADD UP

In a cold snap like we’ve been having, many people opt to use an electric space heater to keep the temperature in part of the house a little more comfortable. However, depending on how much it is used, that can turn into a costly addition.

Recently we talked with Dan Kinnaman, energy adviser at the Grays Harbor PUD, who said that most space heaters switched on high use 1,500 watts of electricity. With our current cost of electricity at 8.73 cents per kilowatt/hour, if that heater was on for an entire day it would cost $3.14. Now that’s not too bad if there is a two-day need to make things more comfortable in your home, but if a space heater is used for an enti...

February 4, 2019

Creating a few new good habits and getting rid of a few bad ones can save you money on your energy bill.

In our last blog we said that in this neck of the woods, heating is typically the largest user of energy this time of year. We are betting that is true for those experiencing the polar express just to the east of us!

Now that you’ve dressed in layers, weatherized and turned down the heat, it’s time to expose other energy users and make a plan to replace them with a utility savings payback.

This blog will focus on saving money through energy-efficient major and minor appliances, LED lighting and even on how to bust some energy “ghosts.”

WATER HEATERS

After the home’s heating system, the biggest use of power typically comes from the water heater. Most water heaters these days probably don’t need insulation, and adding a blanket may void your warranty. However, installing a timer will control the on/off periods for best use. When you’re on vacation, or even away over the weekend, hit the of...

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