Because most attics are easy to access, homeowners find this area of the home very cost-effective to insulate. Even in an attic that is already insulated, there plenty of potential to improve and enhance overall energy efficiency. In fact, even if the only upgrade is air sealing, this will make a dramatic difference. A well-sealed attic will prevent heat loss and stop moisture accumulation. Both elements will contribute to long-term energy efficiency as well as added indoor comfort.
One of the most prevalent problems in any house is a damp basement. Beyond the uncomfortable environment, damp basements can potentially lead to mold, as well as structural damages. In the majority of situations, this is work best left to the professionals – there’s a good deal of building science involved, and therefore problem-solving requires some specific expertise and experience.
It’s not uncommon today for homebuyers to have pre-conceived ideas about energy efficiency yet be completely misinformed. With all the news, and all the terminologies, it’s easy to get confused, and miss the point of what’s important and what’s not. The fact is, it’s easy to assess a house with respect to real estate price, physical size, and geographic location (let alone the fancy amenities). Beyond that, industry statistics show that for most people (80% plus), energy efficiency would be a determining factor in deciding on which property to purchase.
Things have changed dramatically over the years with home energy. And while indoor personal comfort has become more of a priority, saving money on seasonal utilities has become equally important. Simply put, the days of randomly jacking up the thermostat are gone. Today, it’s about conserving energy and saving money. And more homeowners are learning how to make their home energy efficient. For many, there’s an understanding that optimum energy performance is about a home that is properly sealed, well insulated, and appropriately ventilated. Continue reading