Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 3

The past two days have seen us write about the air leaks around the right and left borders of our family room fireplace and how we sealed the air leaks to keep heated air inside this winter to reduce our heating bill and save us money. Hopefully they made sense to you and you added them to your own growing collection of home maintenance tips and money saving tips for the money you will save from lower heating bills this winter.

Today, we take a quick look at a similar situation with the fireplace in our basement.

Rather than the brick exterior of our family room fireplace, in the basement the fireplace used a brass exterior.

Yet, the blower test from the home energy audit revealed just as much if not more air leaks compared to our family room fireplace.

Here is the billiard room fireplace in our basement. Air was coming through during the blower test by the left, upper and right edge of the brass plating.

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So, I simply took the second tube of DAP Seal N’Peel strippable caulking to seal those air leak areas to stop cold air from entering the basement causing us to run the furnace longer.

Here you can see the left side of the fireplace before applying the strippable caulking. See the constant space between the wood panelling and the brass plating?

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While here is the after picture having applied the clear removable caulking.

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Now, remember, I took the after pictures about 5 minutes, well, after icon wink Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks   3 I applied the caulking, which accounts for its shiny appearance.

As I mentioned I used it on all three sides of the brass plate, including the top which is pictured below after the caulking application.

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In the above picture you can see how I applied the clear caulking to both the gap between the wood paneling and the brass plate cover of the fireplace as well as on top of the wood paneling itself where cold air was also entering our home during the blower test this past winter.

You know, it really is surprising (to me) just how many air leak possibilities there are in the home until you really look carefully. And once you have, wait a month or two and look again.

When was the last time you seriously checked your home for air leaks? Winter is fast approaching, don’t ya know as will be your home heating bill.

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