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Middle River 1990s Single Family with Garage

Middle River 1990s Single Family with Garage
According to Redfin, the average sale price of a home in Middle River was $236K in March 2022, down 2.1% since last year. The average sale price per square foot in Middle River is $176, up 9.7% since last year.

Reason for Getting the BGE Energy Audit

The customer was seeking ways to reduce her energy bill admist rising energy costs. As with most homes built in the 90's, it was easy to find several opportunities around the house that will help with the concern and the homeowner was left feeling less anxious and more in control.

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Energy Audit Highlights for this Style Home

The crawl space in this home needed a new set of eyes and recommendations.

Areas of the attic also need a good look for areas that had missing insulation in hard to reach places.

Sloped ceilings typically have fiberglass batt insluation laid over top, however improvements are necessary to make the insulation work better.

General Profile


Year Built: 1999

Foundation Types: Open crawl space

Homeowner Concerns: Lots of drafts despite replacing windows, higher bills then to be expected with solar

Insulation Condition: Frequently not done well, no air sealing

HVAC Ducts: Ducts are typically insulated when outside of the envelope, but should be checked.

Insulation Challenges: Insulation in the crawl space ceiling should be removed for encapsulation.

Unique Features: A large sloped ceiling in the front of the home that is not accessible.

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.
Open crawl spaces leave a lot to be desired when it comes to keeping out humidity in summer and cold air in the winter.
Insulation in knee wall areas will easily fall down if not properly installed.
Under insulated areas in Bowie Levitt Cape Cod homes is commonplace.
Falling insulation in a crawl space not only weakens the boundary between the inside and outside, but it also means high levels of summery humidity.
Sealing holes, cracks and crevices at the attic floor goes a long way towards energy efficiency and better overall home comfort.
Missing insulation in large patches can create hot and cold spots in a home. Insulation must be evenly distributed throughout equal to R49 (for a flat surface).
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  attic vs. crawl space

-Guidance on the right way to encapsulate a crawl space with the right supervision

-Guidance on indoor air quality improvements to mitigate high summer indoor humidity.

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    Our mission is to help Maryland homeowners create a more comfortable home and save energy. We achieve this by applying building science principles and modern air sealing and insulating techniques.

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