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Build Like a Pro: Insulate and Weatherize

Build Like a Pro: Insulate and Weatherize

By Bruce Harley

Using this troubleshooting advice, you'll be able to identify the hidden energy wasters and moisture problems that can do serious damage in your home.

Price: $19.95
ISBN: 9781561585540
Product Code: 1561585548
Year: 2002
Binding: Softcover     Page Count: 176
Publisher: Taunton Press


Clear explanations, hundreds of photos, and detailed illustrations will guide you step by step through the process of upgrading both structures and systems. Implementing even a few of these sensible solutions can result in real savings in your energy bills.

This book brings you information on: finding and sealing sources of air leakage, choosing the best insulation materials, preventing costly moisture damage, troubleshooting windows, doors, and skylights, maintaining heating and cooling systems, using electricity and heating fuel efficiently, and curing foundation problems that cause energy leakage.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Energy Basics
  • Understanding Heat Transfer
  • Defining the Thermal Boundary
  • Energy, Moisture, and Building Durability
  • Air Barriers and Indoor Air Quality
  • Weighing Costs and Benefits
  • Sealing Air Leaks Air-Sealing Priorities
  • Attic Air-Sealing
  • Basement/Crawl Space Air-Sealing
  • Sidewall Air-Sealing
  • Weatherstripping Doors and Hatches
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Do I Need a Ventilation System?
  • Simple Ventilation Systems
  • Central Ventilation Systems
  • Insulating a House Attic Insulation
  • Sloped Ceilings
  • Insulating Walls
  • Insulating Floors
  • Insulating Foundation Walls
  • Windows Window and Energy Basics
  • Replacing Windows
  • Improving Existing Windows
  • Heating Systems
  • Simple Conservation Furnaces
  • Heat Pumps
  • Electric-Resistance Heat
  • Hot Water and Steam Boilers
  • Upgrading or Replacing Heating Equipment
  • Air-Conditioning Cooling Basics
  • Reducing Loads
  • Maintenance and Upgrades
  • New Air-Conditioning Systems
  • Heating Hot Water Hot Water
  • Conservation Maintenance and Efficiency Upgrades
  • Replacing Hot Water Systems
  • Renovations
  • Air-Sealing
  • Insulation
  • Built-Up Walls and Roofs for High R-Values
  • Moisture Control
  • Mechanical Systems (Heat, A/C, Hot Water, Ventilation)
  • Appliances and Lights
  • Determining Consumption
  • Appliances
  • Lighting Resources
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

Insulate and weatherize your structure with the help of this guide and see the savings appear on your heating and electric bill!