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February 05, 8:11 AM [GMT -5]

Hello, very useful info as usual. Just a couple of comments. Check the local code when insulating rim joists with foam, fire rated drywall on top of the foam could be required. Attics are much more complicated to weatherize than that. You left out the fact that air sealing should always come first including blocking wall cavities and chases, using flashing and fire rated materials around heating vents and. When blowing loose fill cellulose, it should be kept away from heating sources such as vents and non IR recessed lights with fire rated dams, and from blocking soffit vents with the use of baffles (you have them in the picture). Attics with knee walls are even more complicated.

December 21, 5:10 PM [GMT -5]

How can I seal my air condioner ducks off in the winter? I have lovers that close but still lets in cold air. I seal the return ducks with styofome that can be taken off easy. I feel there is alot of heat loss. Please let me know if there is something I can put over the ducks Thanks .

November 17, 8:18 AM [GMT -5]

All great ideas. Here is one that I have done for years... I remove the screens from my south facing windows. It allows more sunlight to penetrate the rooms and warms the house during daylight hours.

October 18, 2:59 PM [GMT -5]

One of the energy conserving projects I just started was going around my home & installing (plastic cutout foam outlet seals around all my light fixtures, electrical & switch outlet boxes especially any outside boxes and at the same time I'm filling any questionable holes around them (power off) with dap insulation foam (be carefully not to foam the inside of the electrical box & always kill the power to the fixture or box. I also started checking behind all my baseboards as I'm in the process of remodeling my home and replacing most of my flooring. You can carefully remove your baseboards and caulk/foam carefully behind it and reinstall the baseboard. I found a ton of holes behind them so I'm glad I did this. BTW: Check with your Utility Provider as some utility providers are currently providing discounts on home energy audits to your business & home.

September 11, 4:57 PM [GMT -5]

How To Reduce Your Energy Bills / Energy Conservation Begins at Home

Imagine leaving a window open all winter long -- the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, a whole house fan or AC Return, a fireplace or a clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in your home every day.

These often overlooked sources of energy loss and air leakage can cause heat and AC to pour out and the outside air to rush in -- costing you higher energy bills.

But what can you do about the four largest “holes” in your home -- the folding attic stair, the whole house fan or AC return, the fireplace, and the clothes dryer?

To learn more visit www.batticdoor.com

Mark D. Tyrol is a Professional Engineer specializing in cause and origin of construction defects. He developed several residential energy conservation products including an attic stair cover and an attic access door. Battic Door is the US distributor of the fireplace plug.

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