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8A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 18, 1990 ;n Bedroom With Older Homes I May Waste Lots Of Energy ; If you're like most people, you spend about a third of your life in your bed- room. For that reason, you want your bed- room to be as comfortable, relaxing ;rod inviting as possible. It's one room where you don't want to skimp on fur- nishings. While most other rooms in new homes are shrinking in size, master bedrooms (along with kitchens) are actually getting larger during this peri- od of high building costs. More and more master bedrooms are going beyond their primary functions and are also serving as quiet havens for read- ing, watching TV or just plain rehtxing. The secret of a well-planned bed- room is to use space wisely. For exam- pie, built-in storage or specially sized chests that fit under the bed free up precious floor space lor an easy chair, an exercise corner or a mini office. Lighting is mlother important consid- eration, Choose draperies, blinds or shades that allow you to easily control natural light. Invest in good bedside lamps. Another need to consider is acousti- cal control. Thars why a noise-absorb- ing suspended ceiling is an ideal choice for bedrooms, Such acoustical ceilings are not only practical: they're attractive as w-.ll. For a striking contemporary look, you might select white acoustical panels and a black metal support ~grid. If you prefer a softer look, you can get a matching white grid or wood-grain grid. You have a choice of acoustical panel sizes--2-foot by 4-foot or small- er, residentially scaled 2-foot by 2-toot panels. The panels come in a variety of designs, ranging from rough-textured to ornamental to plain. With all of the possible combinations of panels and grid systems, you won't have any trou- ble finding one that's right for you. Do-it-yourselfers can install sus- pended ceilings themselves and save on labor costs. And one company even guarantees its suspended ceilings for 10 years when you install their panels with their grid system. 'Fo learu more about acoustical ceil- ings, write to: Armstrong World Industries. Free Guide to Ceilings, P.O, Box 3001, Lancaster, PA 17604. Or call 80(/-233-3823 toll-free and ask for a complimentary copy of the ceilings guide. Whet Sulphur Glas e or 1-800-640-0384 Main Street. II LUE RASS LECTRIC Red Oaks Shopping Center Local 304-647-5200 In State 800-642-5235. Other States 800-642-6080 P.O. Drawer 477 Ronceverte, WV. 24970 703-965-5200. 348 North Monroe, Covington, Virginia I I I Beautiful Wallpapers &Decorative Fabrics at Fabulous Prices! Both begining at $8.75 up to 30%discount Now through November! 318 W Washington Street Lewisburg WV.647-411 Mon. - Fri. 8:30 - 4:30 Sat. 9 - 2 2 L a.ws, PrunersL CW _ gd e Trimmer, Leaf iiI - , Blower, Tillers, Sprayers. l# MILLER RENTAL CENTER j /Is m 1. 7.9 p,l"lfl P Is your home "tbrtysomething"'r More than 21 million homes were built between 1947-1964 to accommo- date the baby boom--and there's a good chance that they need energy-sav- ing home improvements. "Such improvenrents as insulating, caulking and weatherstripping can help reduce your utility bills year-round," says Frank Glover of Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient building materials. Key areas to check--to make sure the insulation measures up to the Department of Energy's (DOE) recom- mended insulation levels---arc your attic and floors or crawl space walls. "Attics in most homes need R-38 or 12 inches of fiber glass blanket insulation, according to the Department of Energy," Mr. Glover notes. "'And the DOE recom- mends R-19 or 6 inches of fiber glass bkmket insulation for crawl spaces, walls or floors lor most areas of tile count,5" To find out the correct insulation recommendation for your area, you can check with your local building material retailer or call Owens-Corning's insu- lation hotline: 1-800-GET-PINK (1- 800-438-7465), Insulating the attic TO INCREASE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY of your home, insulate crawl spaces. The Department of Energy recommends R-19 or 6 inches of fiber glass insulation for crawl spaces in most areas of the country. This homeowner is nailing unfaeed insulation blankets to a sill with long furring strips, Mr. Glover also notes that by keep- the adjacent section for a complete On walls that run parallel to joists, it ing your house warm in the winter and themlal bamcr, is not necessary to cut separate header cool in the summer, insulation decreas- strips. Simply use longer pieces of es the amount of energy you use. Helpful hints insulation nailed directly to the band When you use less energy, power joists. plants burn less fossil fuel---which If your attic is without insulation, Finally, lay a polyethylene film over helps conserve the environment and install faced (with tile vapor barrier) the insulation and the entire floor area. natural resources, fiber glass bhmket insulation. The fac- Use bricks or rocks to help hold the "One of the most effective energy- mg helps control moisture and should insulation in place on the ground. saving projects," he adds. "is insulating bc placed against the warn>in-winter For floors over unheated crawl the attic, and it only costs about $350 side of the ceiling, spaces or basements, install faced R- tel au average l,O00-square loot space To prevent moisture build-up and 19 fiber glass blanket insulation using R-25 Attic Blanket~ insulation, reduce attic temperatures, leave cave between the floor joists with the vapor To install fiber glass bhmket insula- vents uncovered so air flow is not barrier facing up towards the heated lion, you'll need a sharp knife, a blocked. As a general rule. one square area. To hold insulation in place, use straigl'n-edge and a measuring tape. foot of free ~ent area should be provid- metal floor insulation supports. For comfort, wear a mask, a long- ed lor every 150 square feel of attic sleeved shirt, a pair of work gloves and floor, when no vapor barrier is used. Other energy saving tips safety glasses. With a ~apor barrier, one square foot of Fiber glass blanket insulation is the vent area per 3()0 square feet of attic In addition to insulating large most comnmnly used material for do- floor is recomlnended, areas, you should also consider the it-yourself projects. It comes in R-val- Keep insulation a mminmm of three small details. Seal nooks and cran- ues of R-19. R-25, R-30, and R-38. To inches fi'om recessed ceiling light fix- nies with caulk and weatherstripping. achieve an R-38--or 12 inches--you lures, and use unfaced material ill tile Weatherstripping, which is available can use two layers of R-19 fiber giass space between a masonry chmmey and as felt strips, foam rubber and flexible blanket insulation, wood framing, vinyl, is easy to install. Apply it Start by laying a piece of temporary around entrance doors, attic doors, flooring to kneel on while working. If Crawl spaces and Iloors inside and outside basement doors and your attic already has some insulation, window sashes. add unfaced R-25 Attic Blanket inst.la- "Io insulate masonry wails ill heated Caulking is also an inexpensive do- lion to the existing insulation starting at crawl spaces, begin by measuring and it-yourself job. Caulking guns and the outer edges of the attic, trilling small pieces of tmfaced R-19 materials are available at hardware If the existing insulation is a few fiber glass blanket insulation to fit stores. To apply, move the tip of the gun inches below the top of the joists, lay snugly against the band joists. Then, ahmg a crock as you squeeze out a thin the new insulation directly over the old, using long furring strips, nail long bead of caulking compound. Cord-type parallel to the joists. If the joist ca:lty is blankets of unlaced insulation to the caulking also can be used by pressing already filled, install the new insulation silt or the band joists. Make sure to use into place with your fingers. perpendicular to the existing layer, enough insulation to cascade down the For more information on insulating Put in the long runs first, and place wall arid extend tv, o feet along the and other energy-savirlg projects, write the leflove~ aside for filling up the groundimo the'crawl space, to M.S.U. Meeks, Owens-Coming smaller spaces later. If you encounter t:aced insulation (~ith tile \apor bar- Fiberglas. Corporation, Fiberglas Tower. wiring, cut or split the insulation to fit tier} cannot be used because the f, lcing "loledo. OH 43659, fbr a flee copy of"A underneath it. Make sure to butt each is flanmmble and should nc\er bc left thmaeowner's Guide "It) Insulation And section of insulation lightly up against exposed. Energ) Savings." The Lifetlme Rooflng I I I Corrugated Asphalt Roofing and Siding easy installation Reduces noise directly over old roof Provides added Fast, Goes Won't rust or corrode Lifetime warranty -. 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