Last Home These Homeowners Want to Own, Yet It Wasn't Comfortable
Completion date: March 26, 2018
Location: Eugene, OR
As these Eugene, OR homeowners want this to be their last home, it was time to address the issues of comfort and energy savings. Their electric bills were too high (almost $400 some months), there was mold growing in the bathroom, and the attic insulation was not adequate. They needed a solution!
The owners came across our website while doing a search on the internet and called us to set up an appointment for one of our energy consultants to come out. After sitting down with the owners and talking with them about what they were experiencing (they were uncomfortable in their home and utility bills were too high) and what they wanted to accomplish, he suited up and investigated the attic and the crawl space.
Upon seeing what our energy consultant had discovered, the owners chose to move forward with insulation work in both the attic and the crawl space. The work was stretched out over a few months to fit their cash flow and budget.
The attic needed to be air sealed and insulated as its insulation levels were low since it just had fiberglass batts (see photo) that were not insulating to the R-38 level that Oregon code calls for. Also, there were lots of leaky places where conditioned air in the house was leaking in to the attic.
After cleaning out all the old insulation, our crew sealed all air links and then blew in TruSoft cellulose insulation to the higher R-60 level.
The crawl space had insulation hanging down and was a mess (see photos). It also had mold growing underneath (see photo) and was quite a moist environment. Since almost 50% of the air they were breathing in their home is from the crawl space, they were breathing in mold!
The insulation crew cleaned up under the home and installed a crawl space encapsulation system. To help keep the water out and the humidity at the correct level (under 60% is ideal), the crew also installed a SmartSump™ sump pump and a SaniDry dehumidifier.
With all these solutions completed, they are much happier in their home now.