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1970s Colonial with Addition - Fallston, MD
 

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Reason for this Customer Getting the BGE Audit

The customer purchased the home for all of its wonderful views, however the home was very cold during their first winter and energy bills were out of control trying to keep their living space comfortable.

General Profile - Fallston MD Custom Home

Year Built: 1974

Foundation Types: Conditioned basement, crawl space

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

Usual Insulation Condition: Falling insulation in crawl spaces, lack of air sealing, missing insulation in key areas, insufficient insulation levels

Common Insulation Challenges: Crawl space insulation removal for proper encapsulation, addition creates areas that need careful considertion for insualtion techniques and attention to detail

HVAC Ducts: Ducts are often times outside of the envelope to accommodate the addition/add on areas, sometimes they are difficult to reach in crawl spaces with low clearance

Unique Features: Many times colonial style houses with additions and garage conversions will have multiple attic locations and knee walls that need proper treatment

Homeowner Takeaways from their BGE Energy Audit

The attic areas were under insulated and the two crawl spaces were major sources of their comfort problems and high energy bills.

The crawl space had missing insulation, open vents and an ineffective vapor barrier, making encapsulation a smart choice.

A large plumbing chase at the attic floor directly corresponded to an area below that the customer pointed to as particularly uncomfortable was identified as the culprit.

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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