1984 Rockville MD Townhome
Reason for this Pepco Customer to Get the Audit
Looking to find ways to improve energy efficiency and researched the benefits of sealing and insulation. They decided to get the audit to determine if the house needs any of the improvements.
General Profile - 1980s Rockville Townhouse
Cape St. Claire Neighborhoods, Annapolis, Colonial Two Story
Year Built: 1980-1989
Common Insulation Challenges: Basements are typically finished on front and back and upper floor features, such as sloped ceilings and skylights make attention to detail very important
HVAC Ducts: Any ducts in the attic in these homes is usually insulated, however there is usually lots of room for improvement
Unique Features: Sloped ceilings on the upper floor and large skylights make the attic in this style home rather complex to insulate, however a trained specialist should have not trouble getting it right
Homeowner Takeaways from this Rockville Pepco Energy Audit
The attic is under insulated and in need of specialized treatment.
The upper floor exhaust fans are not properly vented, leading to moisture build up in several areas.
Insulation had fallen in several knee wall locations and the homeowner had no idea prior to the attic inspection.
Long-Term Problems if Left Unchecked
HVAC will have to run much longer shortening lifespan
Comfort around the home suffers due to draftiness, uneven temperatures
Unecessary moisture build up in the attic due to improper ventilation leads to shortened roof life span as well as other long-term issues
Higher energy bills that will not amount to better comfort
Bathroom moisture build up would continue (in this case) to create peeling paint
A feature in this Rockville MD townhome neighborhood built in the 80s is a big skylight above the master bathroom shower - a potential moisture trap.
Missing basement insulation. 9 out of 10 homes are under insulated and this 1980s townhouse in Rockville, MD falls into that category as well.
A thorough assessment of the attic revealed missing insulation at the master bathroom shower skylight.
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.
Thermal imaging reveals the area missing insulation is a different temperature (cooler in this case) making it prime for condensation to form.
Check out the full energy audit attic assessment video below!
How an energy audit typically helps a homeowner with a townhome in Rockville that was built in the 80s:
-Townhouses are classic examples of the stack effect in winter. The top floor loses heat, the middle floor is neutral and the basement pulls cold air in.