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Title:
Insulate and weatherize : for energy efficiency at home
ISBN:
9781600854682
Edition:
Completely rev. & expanded ed.
Physical Description:
233 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Let an expert show you how to: choose the best insulation materials; seal air leaks in an attic; weatherstrip doors and hatches; improve window performance; upgrade heating and cooling equipment; plan a deep energy retrofit.
Contents:
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/crawlspace 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 -- Duct-sealing -- 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 -- Hot water. Hot-water conservation -- maintenance and efficiency upgrades -- Replacing hot-water systems -- Renovations. Consider the big picture -- Air-sealing -- Insulation -- Built-up walls and roofs for high r-values -- Moisture control -- Mechanical systems (heat, air-conditioning, hot water, ventilation) -- Electronics, appliances, and lighting. The impact of lights and appliances -- Electronics -- Appliances -- Lighting -- Renewable and alternative energy. Photovoltaics: Solar electricity -- Solar thermal systems -- Other technologies for electric generation -- Solid fuels.
Summary:
Let an expert show you how to: choose the best insulation materials; seal air leaks in an attic; weatherstrip doors and hatches; improve window performance; upgrade heating and cooling equipment; plan a deep energy retrofit.
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