Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 3

Programmable Thermostat

The past two days has seen us review the inventory of the different energy conservation products and devices we use in our home during the winter to maximize our energy savings. Today, we complete the listing. Which ones do you use in your own home? Which ones do you use in your own home which we do not? 30. Programmable Thermostat 31. Real Time Electricity Consumption Reader (PowerCost Monitor) 32. Solar Air Heater 33. Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas … [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...]

Basement Drywall Ceiling Vent Cover – Part 2 – Solutions A and B

Cover

In Part 1 yesterday,  we reviewed our situation, where a standard ceiling vent cover would not fit within the vent hole in our drywalled ceiling. We did however come up with a three pronged solution.First, when I was at the Home Depot I came across cold air return covers in amongst the different vent covers. The difference is that a vent cover has the portion which is about an inch and a half, perhaps two inches deep, that goes into the vent opening to help hold it in place. A cold air return … [Read more...]

Reno Projects

DreamScreens Installed French Doors

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try. In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next. Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article. We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home. Energy Conservation: And, remember to amble over to SavingsGrid.com, with hundreds of money saving … [Read more...]

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