1990s Colonial Style in Crofton MD
Reason for this BGE Customer to Get the Audit
This customer recently moved into the home and was concerned about comfort in the room above the garage.
General Profile - 1990s Colonial Style Crofton Home
Garages, Rooms Above the Garage, Heat Pumps
Year Built: 1991-1995
Common Insulation Challenges: Basements are typically finished on front and back and upper floor features, such as sloped ceilings and skylights make attention to detail very important
HVAC Ducts: Any ducts in the attic in these homes is usually insulated, however there is usually lots of room for improvement
Unique Features: Sloped ceilings on the upper floor and large skylights make the attic in this style home rather complex to insulate, however a trained specialist should have not trouble getting it right
Homeowner Takeaways from this BGE Energy Audit in Crofton
The room above the garage is not comfortable due to the insulation in the attic, not a lack of insulation in the garage walls.
The sloped ceilings in this home create knee wall features that require special treatment for a more efficient home.
Air sealing an attic is a key component to a great insulation project.
Long-Term Problems if Left Unchecked
HVAC shortened lifespan
Moderate comfort around the home, uneven temperatures
Higher energy bills that will not amount to better comfort
The attic access panels in Crofton homes are typically in a bedroom closet and they lead to comfort problems and high energy bills.
Sloped master bedroom ceilings create features in the attic called knee walls that need extra attention for proper insulation.
Blower door results can be compared to similar style homes. It can be used as a guide and the actual test must be done for complete accuracy.
Thermal imaging reveals the area missing insulation is a different temperature (warmer (orange) in this case) making it a weak spot in the overall attic insulation system.
Check out the full energy audit attic assessment video below!
How an energy audit typically helps a homeowner with a colonial style home in Crofton that was built in the 90s:
-Most people associate the garage with the issues with comfort to the room above, however more attention should always be given to the attic rather than the garage walls or garage door.