Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #199 – Duct Tape Forced Air Duct Gaps

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 199, Duct Tape Forced Air Duct Gaps. When was the last time you actually checked to see of all of your heating (and therefore cooling) ducts had all of their gaps sufficiently sealed with duct tape? Gaps in your home’s duct work is simply causing the cooled air from the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #301 – Heating – Seal Heating Duct Gaps

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 301,  Duct Tape Heating Duct Gaps. Air leaks can occur inside the house itself. Gaps in the duct work of homes with forced air furnaces means that the air heated by your furnace is escaping between the floors and walls of your home when it should be ending up through the … [Read more...]

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...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 1

Child Proof Elecrical Outlet Plugs

With today, March 27, 2010 being Earth Hour, I thought it appropriate to step back and look at all of the different materials and devices we use in our own home to reduce our energy consumption during the winter; an inventory, if you will. This could be something which reduces the amount of heat we need created by our natural gas furnace. It could also be something which helps us reduce the amount of electricity we use (a benefit throughout the year). There are a lot of different materials … [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...]

Cheap Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 2

Furnace Duct Line Close-up

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition Yesterday, in Part 1, we began to review the many money saving tips on your home's heating bill this winter which will cost you just a little to do. Yes, these are both money savings and energy conservation tips all in one. Today we continue where we left off in our review of the money saving, energy … [Read more...]

Cheap Home Cooling Tips – 1

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy & Water Conservation, 2nd Edition Yesterday we reviewed the last 12 of our 20+ home cooling energy conservation tips which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. Today we review the first 10 of 30 different ideas to keeping a home cooler in the summer which will cost you a little yet save you a lot. Number 185, Air Filter … [Read more...]

SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 5 – Installation 3

SaniDry Sheet Metal Duct Boot

In yesterday's article, we saw the opening for the upper vent completed on the rec room side of our basement for the completion of the SaniDry Basement Air System from Basement Systems. In today's article, we see the completion of the SaniDry dehumidifier installation. Once the vent cover was placed on the wall of our rec room, attention turned to the area containing the unit on the other side of the wall. Here the sheet metal boot was put in place into the new opening in the … [Read more...]

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