Warm Inside

The coldest night we’ve had in the passive house so far saw the outside temperature drop to -20ºC (and that’s before we take account of wind chill). However, inside it was 15ºC when we got up, and with a couple of hours of the little room heater and the sunshine today, we’re now up to 19ºC. Plus, the place feels much warmer than this. It’s hard to describe what this means over and above physical temperature, but it’s something to do with the evenness of the temperature and the aesthetic warmth of the wood.

One other issue, apart from the Motura door seal which we discussed yesterday, is the lock on the front door. This might be passive house certified and highly insulated but the lock is essentially a metal tube which goes from one side of the door to the other, in other words a cold bridge surrounding an air leak. It might be a very small example of both, but the ice that forms on the inside of the lock when it’s as cold as it was last night, shows the truth!

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Warm Inside

  1. M&D

    Looks as though you have settled in now. Despite ice on the inside of your main door lock it appears that your passive house is ‘fit for purpose’ which is a great end result for the project. We hope you are all happy with your lot and see you in a few days in the UK (damp and soggy at the moment).

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    1. David Post author

      Well, ironically, the ice on the lock just shows how well the rest is working! The old house woild get ice on the inside of the windows on nights this cold…

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