An energy-efficient home is not only environmentally responsible, but lowers energy costs as well.
Older homes will often have undetectable drafts or air leaks that raise your energy bills. These leaks can be detected by a thermal imaging inspection of your attic and crawl spaces.
Thermal Imaging originally developed during the Vietnam War to find enemy soldiers at night, progressed to medical imaging, industrial testing and, finally, to the construction trades.
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive inspection technique that uses infrared lasers to record and film the temperature of your house, identifying energy-wasting leaks.
An inspection can also reveal missing or damaged insulation, show defective heating systems, and locate broken window seals. Pest infestation can also be located.
Be sure to move furniture away from walls and windows.
Inspections are typically done when there is a great difference between inside and outside temperatures.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
Too much summer sun can cause your attic to heat up and damage the air ducts, leading to unstable temperature conditions throughout the house as well as higher cooling costs.
A radiant barrier in the roof reflects heat back out of the attic, resulting in more comfortable house temperatures and lower energy costs
Rafter vents, also known as roof baffles, are vents that preserve airflow in attic insulation.
Installing a fan in the rafters not only lowers the temperature of the attic, but reduces the temperature of your living areas.
A fan can even extend the life of your roof by taking care of moisture that accumulates above the shower and cooking areas.
Damaged or non-working air ducts can severely impact your home’s energy efficiency by making the temperature uneven.
A blocked or damaged duct can even carry bacteria into the air. Air ducts should be regularly inspected and checked for damaged or inefficient insulation, and damaged ducts should be replaced as soon as possible.
Insulation works by resisting conductive heat flow; the more resistant and more effective it is, the higher its R-value.
Your home’s insulation R-value, type and amount should be determined by consultation with an insulation specialist at Attic Crew.