kinetic energy

8/25/04

Okay, I need to enlist the collective brainpower of the blogosphere here, so put your Theoretical Universe

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  1. Alan

    In Polish railway bars around the time of the fall of Communism, doorways in winter were shielded from the cold by layers of thick fabric you had to walk though. It was like going through theatre curtains made of carpets. They hung from metal arced rods fixed into the ceiling which left space for the door to open inward. There was a bit of space left between each layer so the door got the layered sweater effect.

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  2. kari

    My father put up plexiglass from floor to ceiling on sliding “rails”. It worked well for keeping heat in our den, but caused problems when newcomers ran into it leaving lipstick marks. I am sure it comes in all kinds of colors these days to prevent such atrocities. I thought he was nuts at the time but now realize he was just being energy efficient…

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  3. Peter Rukavina

    At the beer store here in Charlottetown the “cold beer room” is very cold, and yet there is no doorway between it and the regular part of the store. It seems like there’s a “curtain of air” that keeps the cold air in and the hot air out (and vice versa).

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  4. Dan

    At the Fairway on 125th Street, they keep the cooler cold with a vinyl curtain-type thing. It’s a series of vinyl rectangles hanging across the doorway, aligned like the cloths that dry your car off at the automatic car wash. Get some of those, man.

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  5. Greg

    I’m thinking about the freezers at the various restaurants I’ve worked at and I seem to recall that many of them had walls of overlapping plastic strips that you stepped through to keep the cold in. I think something like that might work in your situation. My parents house (a 100-yr-old farmhouse) is only heated on the main floor and they put up blankets & old comforters across the major doorways to keep the cold out, but then again, they are broke farmers, not globe-trotting-movie-moguls-to-be, so maybe that won’t work for you ;)

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  6. Salem

    Heated “air curtains”, like in the grocery store entrances, use a ton of energy. The clear vinyl strips could be great.

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  7. noj

    soundproofing mats. they are the answer. you can get big rolls of the shit – ain’t cheap, but it’s H-E-A-V-Y and effective.

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  8. Denton Stone

    As a fellow Chapel Hill graduate, may I recommend the system utilized by Big Bertha at Fowler’s (I think those names are right…)
    Heavy plastic strips that you can walk through but, when left to their own
    sorry, I had to kill a roach running across my feet…
    hang side by side to stop the temperamental loss of heat.
    Just a sugesstion.

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