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    Air Intrusion into Living Space

    What are some of the places where cold air (or hot) invades the living space that HO's don't normally think about?
    I've taken care of windows (brand new) and doors (new) and done some caulking. Trying to think where I have missed, some rooms seam chillier than others

    Thanx ahead

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    Closet door frames. Ceiling lights in closets.
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    Electrical outlets on outside walls.
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    Outlets, switches, wiring penetrations thru the wall top plate, can lights (can be real bad), regular ceiling fixtures, fireplaces, plumbing fixtures, poorly sealed diffusers (registers), floorboards, cable TV and telephone jacks and wall penetrations, etc.

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    You're so right

    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Closet door frames. Ceiling lights in closets.
    Got a couple of closets that are icebergs, I 'll get on that and and some of the other's mentioned too.

    Now about those outlets. Do y'all suggest the little insulating dooeys that go under the outside plate or simply caulking around where the face plate meets the wall.

    This is good and useful information

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    Wow, thanx Trog and Kwerty

    Quote Originally Posted by Trog View Post
    Outlets, switches, wiring penetrations thru the wall top plate, can lights (can be real bad), regular ceiling fixtures, fireplaces, plumbing fixtures, poorly sealed diffusers (registers), floorboards, cable TV and telephone jacks and wall penetrations, etc.
    ****Sigh****
    Got my work cut out before the cold hits. But need to save some moolah

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    Yeah, those pads work well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AvantGarde View Post
    Got a couple of closets that are icebergs, I 'll get on that and and some of the other's mentioned too.

    Now about those outlets. Do y'all suggest the little insulating dooeys that go under the outside plate or simply caulking around where the face plate meets the wall.

    This is good and useful information
    I used the "dooeys" in my own home and they work great.
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    Big, big holes where plumbing fixtures come in/out for faucets and drains, typically in cabinets.

    What are "dooeys"?

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    dooey`s are thinge`s that work better than no dooey`s.

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    When I had a Blower Door test done, which I believe is the best way to deal with outside air infiltration, we ended up "sealing" places that I would never have considered. One area was the "closet" where the air handler is located, feeding upwards to the plennum & ductwork. Another was the air return chamber, underneath the air handler, which had been drawing air down through the walls, from the attic.

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    Another often over looked place.
    Is the stairs to the second floor, if you have a basement. Since usually the stairs are over top of the basement stairs.

    Have the area dark on the first floor, and a bright light shining in the basement stairs. You can often see light around the trim and steps.
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    I'm in SW Florida. The ductwork is in the attic as most of the houses are in Florida. I removed the grills and calked around the boots on all of the supplies and the one central return. It lowered the humdity by 5%.

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