A homeowner called complaining that he couldn’t keep his house warm –even though his gas stove was fired-up full time.
Since the homeowner reported heating bills of about $420 a month and still his house was cold, we suspected insulation problems.
He was pretty desperate to have the problem solved because he was getting worried about the health of his new baby.
Once we had a look at the situation, it didn’t take long to figure out what was happening…
This particular homeowner doesn’t have a furnace – just a centrally placed gas stove in a house that is approximately 2,600 sq. ft.
From the photos, you can see that there are 4 major problems with the insulation in the homeowner’s attic.
- First: Insulation was installed at the roof line. This manner of installation makes no sense since the attic is open to the outdoors through eave vents and other openings.
- Second: The insulation was poorly installed. It’s easy to recognize improperly installed product when it’s falling off – and in so many places.
- Third: The insulation material doesn’t meet code. The type of material used in this case was actually not permitted in the homeowner’s location.
- Fourth: The amount of insulation was inadequate. In the homeowner’s climate zone a minimum of 15” of insulation is needed to achieve the correct insulating level required by local codes.
Long ‘building science’ story short: all of the problems were the result of what amounted to zero insulation in the homeowner’s attic.
Unfortunately, these 4 insulation problems are not uncommon. In fact, it’s why we hear, “My heating bills are going through the roof!”
Fortunately, insulation problems like these can be solved – creating a healthy home environment that actually saves you money, while providing all of the comfort, enjoyment, and peace of mind that homeowners desire and deserve.
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