A smart homeowner can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs with proper sealing and insulating, according to EnergyStar.gov. Assuming the air-sealed home has sufficient and adequate ventilation, air sealing is supposed to reduce energy costs and improve indoor comfort. One area that typically needs attention is recessed lighting. In the video above, Yves Vetter of Vesta Home Performance, explains how to seal a can light from below.
(1) Shut off power to the light and remove the trim and light bulb.
(2) Fill holes inside the can with a duct seal compound approved for electrical.
(3) Caulk and seal the connection between the drywall and can.
(4) Substitute an energy-efficient bulb and replace the trim. That’s it.
In the beginning, Vetter explains that he would seal the recessed light from above if he had access. That can be tricky depending on the light fixture and space. Particularly with non-IC fixtures, a dam or box should be built around the fixture to prevent insulation contact with the fixture housing. That’s then sealed and insulated.