Remember to Seal Ceiling Vent Registers

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent Installed

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 … [Read more...]

Sealing Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent Air Leaks

Hanging Broken Vent Register

Yesterday I showed you the broken vent register in the ceiling of our basement bathroom. In that article I sows how there was much air leakage between the metal duct and the vent boot which would have to be first addressed to stop air leak of heated (in the winter) and air conditioned cooled (in the summer) air to save money on my utility bills. So, the first thing I did was to remove the existing broken register. Now, notice if you can in the above picture, how the broken register was … [Read more...]

Installing Ceiling Air Register

Inside Ceiling Vent

Last time I showed how I used duct tape to seal the air leaks between the duct and the vent boot in our basement bathroom ceiling. But how to install the register such that it could close completely and stop heated air from entering the bathroom when it is not being used? The register I used was the grey plastic air register which had been in our basement's recreation area for the vent from our solar air heater before I replaced it with a directional vent register. Now, the hole which … [Read more...]

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

In an effort to achieve maximum energy savings, one must look for opportunities; by opportunities, I am referring to air leaks which can be sealed. Our basement is around 90% finished thanks to the prior owners. However, as we have written about numerous times, when it comes to energy savings and energy conservation, they left us with a lot of opportunities. I just need to look to find them. Here is one. The above picture is of the ceiling two piece bathroom in our basement. It is … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Home Energy Audit

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 18, Home Energy Audit - Professional. Some government financial assistance programs for energy conservation in the home, like the former Canadian ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, require accredited professional assessors to first undertake an energy audit of the … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heater Air Leak

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

We have a solar air heater in our basement to help heat one of our basement bedrooms. When I was cleaning its air intake unit's air filter, I came across two areas where cold air from the outside was leaking into the room. This surprised me because I did not feel any air coming into the room. Yet, if I could feel an air leak with the air intake unit's cover removed it likely was entering the room. Like anyone I want to maximize my energy savings so I pay the least amount possible on my … [Read more...]

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Last winter we installed a solar air heater on the south wall of our home. It was one way we were trying to do our part for the environment and have heat generated in our home without consuming any non-renewable resources like natural gas or home heating oil or electricity (generated from fossil fuels). And, it would reduce our heating bill to save us money ... albeit in the very long run. However that is not the only way to achieve energy savings. Not by a long shot. On weekend … [Read more...]

Sealing Ceiling Vent Register

DAP 30 Advantaged All-Purpose Sealant

In my efforts to achieve energy savings and seal the air leaks within the ceiling air vent opening, I was unable to secure the vent register sufficiently to the ceiling without there being any gaps between the register and the ceiling drywall. So, what to do? For better or worse, I decided to try caulking. I thought that not only would caulking seal the gaps along the edges of the vent register between it and the drywall ceiling, but once dry the caulking would hold in place the end of … [Read more...]

Installing Vent Register in Drywall Ceiling Vent

Basement Ceiling Vent Wood Insert

Now that I has sufficiently, I think, covered up all of the possible air leaks in the ceiling vent within the basement room in our home which has the drywall ceiling, I still needed to install the vent cover. If you recall from previous articles, I could not simply install a traditional vent register as it would not fit inside the vent opening in the ceiling. And, using a vent register which is traditionally used for a cold air return did not provide any area inside the vent opening with … [Read more...]

Sealing Ceiling Air Vent Air Leaks

Basement Ceiling Vent Leak Blockage

In the previous article, I had decided to use Polyken 360-17 duct tape to seal the leaks in the ceiling vent of one of our basement rooms, the one which had a drywall type of ceiling. However, remember, the edges of the vent boot were rough and sharp, sufficiently sharp I felt that over time they might cut through one or two applications of the duct tape. So, I first used two layers of the duct tape over the one side which had a finished, or smooth, edge, as shown on the right side of the … [Read more...]

Sealing Drywall Ceiling Vent Air Leaks Alternatives

DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday, I described the situation with the large air leaks around an air vent in our basement within a room where the ceiling was finished with drywall. So, what was the best solution, other than ripping out the drywall around the ceiling vent, installing a new vent duct boot, etc. which I was not prepared to do. However, since this room was used very rarely ... in fact we affectionately called it the boyfriend room :) ... we used a vent blocker on the register to prevent heated air in the … [Read more...]

Sealing Basement Ceiling Vent Air Leaks

Vent Opening In Drywall Ceiling

Last year, we wrote about an issue I was having with a particular vent in the drywall ceiling within one of the rooms in our home's basement. The issue I was having was that due to the poor installation of the vent by the prior owners (not that I am an experienced basement finishing expert myself ... which I am not :) ), I was having a hard time installing a vent cover or register. The opening was constructed such that I could not fit into it a standard vent register. As well, there was … [Read more...]

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