Here is a money saving heating tip for the winter which doubles as a money saving cooling tip in the summer and triples and a money saving home maintenance idea.
Yesterday I showed how I installed a register into a ceiling vent in our basement using nothing more than Christmas decoration hooks. Check it out for yourself.
However, the job is not done.
There are major gaps between the air register and the vent boot. This is a concern because most of the time the register will be closed. This ceiling vent is in the 2 piece bathroom within our basement. The only person who uses it is our daughter who is away at university most of the time.
So, I want to maximize my energy savings and keep the air register closed so the heated air from the furnace (in the winter) or the cooled air conditioned air (in the summer) goes to a part of the house where it can actually do some good.
So, while it might look like the job is done once from the outside, I need to seal the spaces between the inside of the register and the vent boot right at and above the level of the drop ceiling tile.
This was not a difficult task. I simply used more of the metallic duct tape which I had previously used to seal the spaces between the vent boot and the duct.
What made this challenging was that I could not see all of the space I needed to tape, so it took a little longer to see with my fingers as I felt where the spaces were, applied duct tape, and then used my fingers again to see if the tape had covered the space.
However, in the end, I was pretty confident that I had had sealed all the possible air leaks at the bottom of the vent boot.
Once done, I then replaced the ceiling tile, stood back and took one final picture.
I’m looking for more energy savings opportunities in our home. I wonder what I will find next.
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