All or Nothing
I’ve spent more time reading posts on here than I care to admit. The solutions, creativity, and community are incredible and thoughtful. So much so that I’m not sure this question should be posed, but sometimes circumstances demand compromise. My question is this – when it comes to trying to improve a building’s efficiency, is something always better than nothing?
I’ll give an example. I want to re-plumb my house and regardless of the thousands of pros or cons to using a Pex manifold distribution system, it is the most logical setup for my situation based on work sequencing and to allow me to get ahead of a contractor. Right now it takes our shower 1:45 to get hot in the master, so even if a homerun takes more time than a recirc option or isn’t the gold standard, this improvement is worth it, right?
Similar thoughts with air sealing and insulating my basement. Some of the spaces are too prohibitive to move plumbing or gas lines, etc, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t address the areas we can, right? If I can’t fully air seal one penetration b/c I can’t reach it due to obstructions, then the entire endeavor isn’t compromised. Or is it? This is the basis of my question.
I’m not looking for specific feedback on plumbing setups or what could be done better. My question is more theoretical in that we often can’t do everything at once or even over time – particularly in an existing setup, so should we always do something if we can?
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