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Insulate and weatherize : for energy efficiency at home

Author: Bruce Harley
Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, [2012] ©2012
Series: Taunton's build like a pro.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd. ed., Completely rev. & expandedView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Harley
ISBN: 9781600854682 1600854680
OCLC Number: 1020411951
Notes: "Expert advice from start to finish."
"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"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: 233 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
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.
Series Title: Taunton's build like a pro.
Other Titles: Insulate & weatherize
Responsibility: Bruce Harley.

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Suitable for those who want to save money by becoming more energy efficient, this title walks readers through the many alternative energy solutions that are doable and extremely efficient. It is  Read more...

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