Ms. Rickert’s house has a semi-flat roof. The third floor of the house was an expansion into the attic space. The ceiling on the third floor was vaulted with very limited clearance between the drywall and the roof deck which implies that there is no manual air sealing that can be done. The vaulted ceiling had no insulation which impacted the level of comfortability in the living space, as well as Ms. Rickert’s energy bill.
Like every house, every crawlspace is different and should be closely examined prior to treatment. Here is a quick guide to inform and help homeowners properly treat their crawlspace. Not only will treating your crawlspace help keep your air healthy but it can also save you money on your electric bill. Treatment of an open crawlspace When treating an open crawlspace, two options are available: 1) Leave it open or 2) turn it into a
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components such as around door and window frames, and weatherstripping is used to
A house we recently audited was interesting because it was built to be quite an efficient home, with brick veneers and R-13 insulation in the walls. At a first glance, one would assume that this home would have a low infiltration rate, low energy bills, and also perform efficiently. However, upon entering the home we discovered quickly how uncomfortable the house was and how high the customers energy bills were. As we began our energy