Monday, December 7, 2015

Prevent More Heat from Escaping in Winter - Seal Exhaust Vents


posted by Sound Marketing for House Smart Home Improvements

EXHAUST VENTS ALLOW HEAT TO ESCAPE

Exterior vents, such as those for a clothes dryer or a whole-house fan, allow heated air to escape to the outdoors, while letting cold outside air in.

HOW TO SEAL EXHAUST VENTS:
Invest about $20 dollars in a dryer vent seal, which consists of an elbow pipe topped with a plastic cap and shuttle. When the dryer is in use, the floating shuttle beneath the hood rises to let warm air, lint, and moisture escape. When not in use, the shuttle drops down to seal the hole and prevent drafts.

 WHOLE HOUSE FAN INSULATION:

For a whole-house fan, construct a simple box-shaped cover out of rigid foam insulation (use foil-type duct tape for the seams) to enclose the fan during cold months, when it's not in use. From inside the house, fit the cover over the fan, and secure it to the frame with adhesive-backed Velcro strips.
Just remember to remove the cover before you switch on the fan come spring. This kind of DIY cover can also help insulate in-wall or window air-conditioning units that are left in year-round.



THE PAYOFF:

Vent sealing can prevent 4 percent of your home's heated air from escaping.







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