Insulating, Sealing & Ventilating Your House
Good insulation can keep a house cozy in winter, and cool in summer—while saving money and conserving energy. In amazingly thorough detail, with plenty of color illustrations, William P. Spence, author of such bestsellers as Carpentry and Building Construction, describes every step of insulating, sealing, and ventilating your home. He shows how to determine the amount of insulation needed, locate air leaks, regulate air quality, and determine the costs versus benefits of any job. Find out where to start work, which materials are most effective, and how to handle potential insulation problems. From air-sealing external walls to adding vapor barriers, all you need to know is here.
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PRELIMINARY ENERGY CONSIDERATIONS
CONTROLLING AIR LEAKS AND WATER VAPOR
INSTALLING INSULATION AND VAPOR BARRIERS
ADDING INSULATION TO AN EXISTING HOUSE
INSULATING BASEMENTS CRAWL SPACES AND ATTIC ROOMS
METRIC EQUIVALENTS CHART
6-mil polyethylene air leaks air space airflow airtight attic basement bathroom batts blankets block blowing blown caulk ceiling joists cellulose climates codes cold concrete COOKTOP Courtesy cover crawl space door drywall drywall ceiling duct edge energy Energy Star exterior wall fiberglass fibers fill firestops flange FLOOR JOIST flow foundation framing furring strips GYPSUM WALLBOARD hole hood inches inside installed interior air kneewall layer living area material Mineral wool moisture mold nail nozzle opening outlet box panel pipe plastic plumbing plywood polyethylene Polyisocyanurate Polyurethane R-value radiant barrier radon rafters recessed lights reduce reflective insulation remove require rigid foam insulation rigid insulation rim joist roof seal sheathing sheets shingle siding sill soffit sound sprayed foam stack effect stapled studs subfloor surface tape thermal thermal envelope thickness tion top plate typical unfaced vapor barrier ventilation system wall cavity water vapor whole-house wire wood