Home That Got Cold Fast Is Now Well Insulated

Completion date: January 31, 2018

Location: Aumsville, OR

Solutions provided:

This new-to-them 3-bedroom home in Aumsville, OR would get cold very fast when the weather got colder. Some important things you don’t find out about until you move in and live there a while!

Solution

Our Energy Consultant met with the owners to see what they were hoping to accomplish. Making the home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer were the big items, plus reducing allergens in the home.

After crawling in the attic plus the crawl space and taking photos and measurements, our Energy Consultant showed this couple what was making their home too hot or too cold. The crawl space had sagging fiberglass batts (see photo), and when insulation sags (which is what fiberglass does over time), it’s not doing much insulating.

The attic had some blown-in insulation, but as the ruler shows in the photo, it wasn’t even near the minimum R-49 for Energy Star requirements. It also had a lot of places where air was leaking in from the home in to the attic.

They chose to move forward with the attic and the crawl space. First, the attic’s insulation was removed, and then the leaky spots were air sealed (the orange foam you see in the photo). The crew then blew in TruSoft™ cellulose insulation to the high R-60 level.

For the crawl space, the underside of the home’s floor was sprayed with three inches of closed cell spray foam. Besides insulating, this seals leaks, thereby dramatically reducing air flow from the crawl space into the house.

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