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Bowie Levitt Home - Cape Cod Style

Bowie Levitt Home - Cape Cod Style
According to a Washington Post article: "A three-bedroom Levitt colonial home in Bowie with air conditioning, a dishwater, a large lot and Levitt's distinctive landscapping sold in the early 1960s for $13,510".

This BGE Customer's Reason for Getting the Audit

The family is looking for ways to save money on their BGE bill which can fluctuate quite a bit and is generally very high.

General Profile Bowie Levitt Cape Cod

 

Year Built: 1960-1970

Foundation Types: Slab, crawl space additions

Typical Homeowner Complaints: High bills, hot/cold spots

Typical Insulation Condition: Frequently too low, no air sealing

HVAC Ducts: Often ducts are running outside of the conditioned space in a garage or behind a knee wall

Insulation Challenges: Adding ventilation, knee wall accessibility, storage in areas to be insulated

Unique Features: The first floor is partially under the attic (flat area behind the upstairs knee wall) so insulation is really important for whole-house-comfort.

Homeowner Takeaways from this Bowie Home Energy Audit

Some areas are accessible and others are not, however it is recommended that the attic areas be accessed for treatment.

The top collar attic is sometimes accessible through a push up hatch and other times it is not which may indicate that the insulation is original to the home.

Sloped ceilings typically have fiberglass batt insluation in the cavity, however improvements are necessary to make the insulation work better.

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Long-Term Problems if Left Unchecked

Some areas are accessible and others are not, however it is recommended that the attic areas be accessed for treatment.

The top collar attic is sometimes accessible through a push up hatch and other times it is not which may indicate that the insulation is original to the home.

Sloped ceilings typically have fiberglass batt insluation in the cavity, however improvements are necessary to make the insulation work better.

It is not uncommon for the upstairs to get warm in summer in these style Bowie houses so homeowers get extra AC units which cost a lot.
It is not uncommon for the upstairs to get warm in summer in these style Bowie houses so homeowers get extra AC units which cost a lot.
Due to the pathway that insulation must take in this style home, areas could be missing insulation due to gravity pulling it down.
Under insulated areas in Bowie Levitt Cape Cod homes is commonplace.
Insulation in the flat area behind the upper knee wall provides protection for the areas on the first floor and it is usually under insulated - big time.
Often times, the laundry room and HVAC share the area behind the garage. A trip to the garage attic reveals duct work that is typically underinsulated.
Access panes are sometimes present in these Bowie Cape Cod houses, but typically at least one access cut must be made for proper treatment.
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.

How an energy audit typically helps a homeowner with this type of home:

-Guidance on which areas are most important to treat first for best results

-Guidance on easy ways to improve HVAC duct seals and insulation

-Guidance on understanding the ways that this style house can be treated minimally for maximum payback

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