Sealing Air Leaks: Tips, DIY Projects, Materials, Diagrams, Examples, and Instructional Videos
- Air Sealing – Key Points (useful diagrams, provided by Southface)
- How to Caulk Your Windows (video) – http://www.ehow.com/video_7519196_caulk-windows.html
- Air Sealing Your Home – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/air-sealing-your-home
- Tips for Air Sealing – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-sealing-air-leaks
- Air Sealing Windows for all climates – Air_Sealing_Windows sheet 406
- Caulking – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/caulking
- Weather stripping – http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/weatherstripping
- Video – How to Make a House Energy Efficient – At 1:49 – 4:00 there is a great description of ceiling joists, insulation, and air sealing. Dirty insulation is a sign that sealing is needed. At 4:30 – Sealing around the bath fan. 5:30 – Knee Wall – board foam. 8:20 – description of cellulose insulation.
- Sealing Air Leaks in your Home
- Air Sealing Resources – this document contains a list of helpful websites.
- Testing and sealing ductwork – The section on sealing ductwork is very informative
- Air Sealing Attics – Video:
Why Caulk and Weather Strip? In a well-insulated home, air leaks are the greatest cause of wasted heating and cooling energy. Caulking and weather stripping are effective ways to rid your home of costly drafts, making our homes more comfortable and energy efficient.
- Attic Access – How to build an air-tight attic hatch and this great fact sheet with useful diagrams.
- Do-It-Yourself Guide to Sealing and Insulating with Energy Star – great comprehensive guide with DIY projects, definitions, diagrams, and more.
- How to Seal an HVAC Duct with Mastic – Duct Sealant – For about $1 of Mastic and 10 minutes of effort, you can stop losing money from leaky ducts. Energy Star estimates most homeowners lose 20% of the money they spend to heat and cool their homes because of leaky ducts. The air disappears into the walls and attic spaces without reaching your living space. This is a cheap way to save money and make your rooms comfortable.
- Videos – How to Seal and Insulate Can Lights – demonstrates how to simply and quickly stop air leakages through can lights using covers specifically designed for this purpose. Also watch Recessed Lighting – Proper Sealing and Safety in The Attic. and How to Seal and Insulate Can Lights (at 3:00 see thermal imaging and at 3:45 you can learn about how some older can lights are not insulation contact rated. This means you can not have insulation come into contact with the can light. – solution explained at 4:20. Air Sealing Attics (at 1:10 – 1:40)
- Insulate hot water pipes – Materials list and step-by-step instructions.
- Lower water temperature setting – Materials list and step-by-step instructions.