Monday, October 15, 2007

Get Your Ducts in a Row

Monday, October 15, 2007
Did you know that today is Blog Action Day? Lucky me, I still needed to blog about last week's energy efficiency class :-) Get Your Ducts in a Row was all about making sure the ducts in your house are sealed properly. Here are a couple of the key things I took away from the class:
  • Energy audits are more than just seeing if you need to seal your ducts or replace your windows - they look at your entire building plus your lifestyles and habits (i.e. do you take 30 minutes showers).
  • Air sealing - where is air getting into or escaping from your house. A couple of places that I want to check it behind my plug-ins and my floor vents. Is there a way that I can caulk or foam to prevent leakage?
  • Metal tape or mastic can help seal up small leaks in your ducts - some of the pictures that we saw had ducts completely separated from each other, allowing huge amounts of air to escape.