Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #186 – Close Basement Vents

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 186, Close Basement Vents. This can be very useful for you. Why leave basement vents open in the summer to cool the basement when it is already sufficiently cool down there? Close the air vents so that the conditioned air from your A/C goes to where it is needed, on … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #352 – Heating – Vent Electric Dryer Inside

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 352,  Vent Electric Dryer Inside. Some households have adjusted the vent from their electric dryers such that the air vents inside the home rather than outside. You have to be careful with this. At least in theory, the heated air from the dryer is used to help heat the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #337 – Heating – Insulated Heating Ducts

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 337, Insulate Heating Ducts. There is a product which you can use to insulate the duct work in your home. It is simply an insulating blanket which wraps around your ducts. While pricey, its purpose is to keep the air heated by the furnace ( or solar air heater ) hot until … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #283 – Heating – Close Window A/C Air Vent In Winter

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 283, Close Fresh Air Vent in Window Air Conditioning Unit. If you use a window air conditioner then this is a money saving winter heating tip for you. If you must leave your window air conditioning unit in the window all winter, at least remember to close the fresh air … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #269 – Heating – Clean Baseboard Heaters and Air Vents

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 269, Clean Baseboard Heaters, Air Vents Periodically. This money saving heating tip is for every household. The more dirt and dust collected around baseboard heaters and air vents, the greater the effort it takes for the heated air to get past and heat the room. It … [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...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – SnapStone Tiles Toilet Installation

SnapStone Floor Tile Around Toilet Flange

Yesterday we saw the progression of the SnapStone tiles on the bathroom floor, starting at the wall with the sink, because it is where we have the floor heating / cooling vent, and progressing to the other side of the wall. Today I wanted to show you the progression of the tile in the area by the toilet. If you recall, Bennett temporarily placed a few SnapStone tiles in place so he could mark the area of the toilet's flange on the porcelain floor tiles to indicate where he needed to cut … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – SnapStone Tiles Installed

Floor Tile Install Supervisor

In this next article within our continuing bathroom floor tiling project series, I wanted to show a series of pictures which show the progression of the tiles being laid. As we progress from one picture to the next, you can see what starts out looking like a home renovation DIY type of project to one of a bathroom with a very nice looking tile floor. Now, with our dog Sandy supervising ;) the installation process of the SnapStone floor tiles from the adjacent bedroom in the above … [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...]

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