1990s Colonial Style - Woodstock, MD
Reason this BGE Customer is Getting the Energy Audit
The homeowner wants to determine if there are any measures that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of the home before replacing HVAC.
Energy Audit Highlights
Priority setting is always a good practice when it comes to making a home more efficient.
This house showed that it has a lot of great opportunities to really make a difference in the energy usage and comfort without having to spend a fortune on new HVAC.
Year Built: 1991-1995
HVAC Ducts: HVAC in attic, foil tape at important seams, under insulated ducts
Unique Features: The rear addition was build as a cantilever and the traditional fiberglass batt insulation was installed above the soffit and below the sub-floor.
Extend downspouts away from the foundation wall a minimum of 10'.
9 out of 10 homes are under insulated and this colonial style in Woodstock, MD is falling into that category as well.
Huge openings at the attic floor like this one create all sorts of efficiency and comfort problems for the occupants inside.
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.
Duct connections in the attic cannot be an afterthought and using tape is not advisable.
An important section of the supply duct in this attic HVAC system has ZERO insulation. No need to plug a brand new HVAC unit up to these poorly sealed/insulated ducts.
How an energy audit typically helps a homeowner with this type of home:
-This energy audit was able to guide this homeowner towards air sealing and insulation rather than trying to plug a brand new HVAC system into those leaky ducts.