If you’re serious about buttoning up your home, Bruce Harley’s Insulate & Weatherize offers serious advice.
Harley, an energy efficiency expert with a background in electrical engineering and energy auditing, takes a comprehensive approach to the topic. He helps readers understand the science behind air movement, heat loss and moisture buildup in a home, and then guides them in pinpointing and solving problems.
The book covers air sealing, insulating and weatherizing, as well as related issues such as providing adequate ventilation, choosing heating and cooling systems and reducing energy use. The illustrated how-to information is useful for homeowners who just want to perform basic tasks such as sealing gaps in a wall or caulking around window frames, and it’s also appropriate for ambitious do-it-yourselfers taking on big projects like blowing insulation into exterior walls.
Insulate & Weatherize is published by the Taunton Press and is part of its Build Like a Pro book series. The softcover book is priced at $21.95.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge