Middle River 1990s Single Family with Garage
Reason for Getting the BGE Energy Audit
The customer was seeking ways to reduce her energy bill admist rising energy costs.
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.
Year Built: 1999
HVAC Ducts: Ducts are typically insulated when outside of the envelope, but should be checked.
Unique Features: A large sloped ceiling in the front of the home that is not accessible.
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.
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