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1969 Contemporary Rancher - Columbia, MD

median cost per home in Woodstock is $422,290
According to Boundary Stones, the same year this home was built, Led Zeppelin opened for The Who in one of the most epic double bills in rock history at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. on the night of Sunday, May 25, 1969.

Reason for this Customer Getting the BGE Audit

The customer recently moved to the area from Michigan and knew there had to be a way to improve the comfort and lower the energy bill.

General Profile - 1969 Columbia Rancher

Columbia, MD 1969 Contemporary Rancher Style

Year Built: 1969

Foundation Types: Conditioned basement, crawl space, slab

Typical Homeowner Complaints: Winter drafts, high energy bills, uncomfortable upstairs in summer, low air flow from supply ducts

Usual Insulation Condition: Low to moderate condition with inconsistent levels and incorrect insulation location

Common Insulation Challenges: Crawl spaces are sometimes too low for treatment, attic areas are inaccessible or filled with storage or HVAC ducts

HVAC Ducts: Ducts are often times outside of the envelope - in attics or crawl spaces - due to retrofitting central HVAC systems years after the home was built

Unique Features: Often times these homes have large sloped ceilings with lots of recessed lights creating gateways to the outside.

Homeowner Takeaways from this Columbia BGE Energy Audit

The attic areas were under insulated and in needed of specialized treatment, including access cut in one location in order to properly treat the area.

The crawl space had a lot of HVAC ducts that were uninsulated, making encapsulation a smart choice.

A disconnected duct in the attic above the family room was the reason for their comfort problems, not the large window with a nice view!

BGE Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Energy Audit

Long-Term Problems if Left Unchecked

HVAC will have to run much longer shortening lifespan.

Comfort around the home suffers and different areas of the home only get used during certain times of the year.

More room for insect intrusion and other unwanted pests when gateways to the outside from the inside exist.

Higher energy bills that will not amount to better comfort.

Poor decision making on how to fix (buy new HVAC, purchase new windows)

 

Accessing the attic areas in this home required a ladder on the outside of the house.
Accessing the attic areas in this home required a ladder on the outside of the house.
Open crawl spaces that are not properly insulated are huge problems in winter with cold air infiltration and summer with high humidity levels.
Open crawl spaces that are not properly insulated are huge problems in winter with cold air infiltration and summer with high humidity levels.
Disconnected ducts were a big concern for this home and repairs were sure to make a huge difference.
Disconnected ducts were a big concern for this home and repairs were sure to make a huge difference.
Uninsulated ducts in an open crawl space is a recipe for high energy bills and low comfort.
Uninsulated ducts in an open crawl space is a recipe for high energy bills and low comfort.
Overhangs (cantilevers) and open crawl space was a key contributor to this homeowner's comfort problems.
Overhangs (cantilevers) and open crawl space was a key contributor to this homeowner's comfort problems.

Check Out Two Videos from this Energy Audit Turned Home Performance Project

Video 1 - A disconnected duct in the crawl space was discovered during the project.

Video 2 - Before and after the crawl space encapsulation.

Video 1 - Disconnected HVAC Duct in Crawl Space

Video 2 - Before and After Crawl Space Encapsulation

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

-This energy audit was able to guide this homeowner towards encapsulating the crawl space to gain the many benefits that come along with that method of treatment such as brining the ducts into a more friendly environment.

-This customer realized that sealing the top of the house, rather than the side of the house would help much more - drawing on his own experiences with studying physics.

-This homeowner was able to gain incredible amounts of efficiency and comfort with two ducts that were reconnected after being discovered as a result of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program in Columbia for BGE customers.

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