When the people I was with and I bought our home, I was ecstatic with the high ceilings, big windows and wide open floor plan.
I rapidly realized that the home was just about impossible to heat and cool.
I live in an area that is subjected to very dire weather. It’s not uncorrect for the temperature to dip down to twenty below zero in the Wintertide and climb up into the triple digits while in the Summer weeks. The gas furnace and cooling system carry a heavy workloadâ€¦ Heating and cooling makes up about half of the annual energy costs. I was spending a fortune on temperature control and yet there were drafts,overheatedspots and chilly pockets all over the house, and no matter how I adjusted the thermostat, the home was chilly while in the worst of winter, and overheated throughout the summer. I had complications with airborne contaminants, humidity and unpleasant stinks. Thinking that the HVAC duct might be to blame, I hired a local Heating and Air Conditioning business to inspect the entire heating and cooling plan and provide suggestions. He performed several tests to measure the thermal envelope, including a blower door test, and discovered that a lack of insulation was the problem. I worried that we’d need to tear into walls and ceilings to add necessary insulation. Instead, the business provided blown-in insulation, which fills existing walls separate from destruction or disruption. The smaller particles of the insulation conform around pipes and fill in odd-shaped areas. There was no mess or bad stinks, and the whole process was completed within a few hours. The improvement in comfort and cleanliness of the home has been tremendous. My energy bills are significantly lower, and there’s less wear and tear on the gas furnace and cooling system. I’ve also noticed that we’re no longer disturbed by outdoor noises, such as traffic or barking cats.