- Series: Taunton's Build Like a Pro
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781561585540
- ISBN-13: 978-1561585540
- ASIN: 1561585548
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home (Taunton's Build Like a Pro) Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Taunton has created its new "Build Like a Pro" series to help serious do-it-yourselfers perform projects of greater complexity than are usually covered in books for amateurs. An engineer who trains builders in energy-efficient construction, Harley offers a wealth of information that will allow readers to improve their home's efficiency, saving both money and natural resources. After an introductory section that explains the underlying principles of heat transfer, insulation, and air quality, Harley demonstrates basics such as weather-stripping and moves forward through advanced projects including insulation and major upgrades. Short "Pro Tips" as well as sections labeled "Trade Secrets," "What Can Go Wrong," and "In Detail" provide a great deal of helpful information. Increasing energy efficiency is one of the easiest ways for homeownes to save money, so this book is sure to be used. Other titles in this series include Windows and Doors, Painting and Finishing, Trim Carpentry and Built-ins, and Building a Deck. They are all good choices for any public library wanting to increase the depth of its home improvement collection.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Bruce Harley is a noted expert on energy-efficient residential construction and renovation. A long-time engineer, he has helped diagnose and repair such varied problems as building air leakage, indoor air quality, HVAC system failures, plus combustion and moisture issues. Bruce has also led national seminars on energy-efficient residential construction, codes, building science, and mechanical systems.
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First lesson, while it seems simple beyond belief, you need to know the difference between conduction (heat moving between objects or materials) and convection (heat moving through the air). Far too many people, including insulating professionals I have hired, only treat a house for conduction with fiberglass and blow in insulation, when air leaks are left unresolved. Fiberglass batts or blow in do not stop air leaks. You need to do both.
Second lesson, air leaks contribute to the "stack effect" where your house acts like a chimney sucking air in from the bottom all the way out through the top. Why is air jetting in through the smallest leak in a waether stipped door? Stack effect, not the wing. You prevent this by stopping air leaks not just with doors and windows, but in the attic and roof where you get the most bang for the buck.
The author(s) tells you this and more then give you detailed instructions on various methods to identify and address many types of issues in your house. My only criticism is that they seem to be stating you must do all the air sealing yourself and/or it is very expensive. I have found this not to be true and had an unbelievably leaky basement and attic air sealed for just over $2k. Had I followed the book's advice strictly I would have been doing this work for many miserable weekends with good, but not the best results.
I have been in the insulating and air sealing industry for a few years now, and there are concepts that I have struggled to convey to those I interact with. Thanks to this book, I feel that I can more clearly present those ideas to people that I am trying to get to understand just what, exactly, it is that I do for a living (and why it is so important)!