2013年1月10日木曜日

a little chilly...

This is not something you want to see:


That's right- ice on the inside of the windows.

Brrrrrrr.

K and I have grand plans for this old house.

It's going to be a cocoon of warmth and coziness.

Maybe not tomorrow or the next day but some day!

We have done a lot already and it had definitely made a difference!

We have covered all water pipes outside and in with insulating tape which has stopped the water from freezing in them and means you get to do that really civilised thing where you turn the tap and water come out.  Pretty amazing that, huh? The outside pipes are also wrapped in electrical heating wires which are shockingly expensive to run (we spend more money on electricity for the outside of our house than the inside in winter!) but much cheaper than burst pipes!

When we ripped up the tatami we put insulation mats in the floor spaces and there is a definite difference in temperature between the floors with and those without.  A whole carton of cans of insulating foam (if you've never used that stuff you've got to try it- soooo coool! It's like something out of ghost busters!) and we said goodbye to draughts.

This year's goal was double glazing but it doesn't have a great rap around here.  I tell my neighbours that houses from Hokkaido to Siberia swear by double glazing.

Nope.  Useless.

All the new Japanese houses being built around here have them?

Pah.  Useless. Waste of money.

K's boss at work used to work for a housing company so he is sure he knows all about this.

I have stayed in houses in Hokkaido, Canada and the UK.  

Warm houses.

So I think I know what I'm talking about too.

So, being scientifically minded (and probably sick of arguing around and around in circles with me) K agreed to a scientific experiment.

Rather than fork out the big bucks for the proper windows straight away we'd spend one season with el-cheapo bubble-wrap window covers to test it for ourselves.

I have been vehemently against this particular solution as I think the bubblewrap looks pretty tacky.

OK, very very tacky.

But if it's a step in the direction of double glazing I'm all for it!

And so we spent an evening bubblewrapping the house.

It looks just as horrifically tacky as I feared but I have been checking the temperatures at the local weather station each morning and comparing them to the temperature in our kitchen.

In years past it has been the same temperature or even colder which leads me to grumble and moan that there is no freaking point in even having a house if it can't keep you warmer than outside.

Well, this year it has been warmer - significantly warmer- than the outside temperatures every single day. Averaging six whole degrees warmer than outside.

Woo hoo!

Imagine someone bragging that it was only -2 in their kitchen.  Crazy huh?  But when it has been as cold as -8 in there previously I'm thrilled!

I reckon we'll get those double windows before next season.

And I reckon the neighbours can go jump.  

They're the same people who told us that a woodfire wouldn't keep us warm, afterall.




5 件のコメント:

Helen さんのコメント...

My first apartment in Japan was really nice, but the toilet room was on an outside wall. I was always freezing in there, and one day I noticed the window had a draft. I covered the whole window with saran wrap and any scraps of bubble wrap that I had, and it was so much better!

I highly recommend double glazing!

Michelle さんのコメント...

Of course double glazing is better! Don't let them plant the seed of doubt into you! The double glazing will be better than this experiment, too, because between the two glasses there isn't air. It's some gas (that I'm too lazy to look up) and it doesn't lead heat as good as air, so that helps a lot.

Jo Tomooka さんのコメント...

We double glazed our big windows/doors in our lounge last year and I can not believe the difference. We don't have the ultra cold temperatures that you do, but just waking up to having no water dripping down the inside of the windows is an incredible plus! The technology now means that in most cases they can just use your original window frames, making the whole process alittle cheaper. Expensive, but so worth it!

Gina さんのコメント...

We have double glazed/double paned anti shatter proof UV cut, Low E (Low emissivity) protected windows in all our windows of our house, two big patio windows/doors included. And we have argon gas (dry air) inside/between each of the 2 windows. My husband spent forever when deciding which windows we’d get. ; ) Honestly we can’t feel any cold at all when we are standing near our windows. And we have no condensation at all either. You’ll notice the difference when you change them.

shinshu life さんのコメント...

You guys rock! I *knew* I wasn't crazy thinking this was a good idea!

Once I work out how to say 'double glazed/double paned anti shatter proof UV cut, Low E (Low emissivity) protected windows' in Japanese I'll have K on the case!

Even just the bubblewrap has made such a difference I'm really excited and K is convinced too so it's just a matter of which system to go with, hey?