Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Energy Audit: Part Two

After a physical inspection of the house to determine where air was coming in, Andy went around with a thermal imaging camera to find the hot and cold spots in the walls. The blue spots indicated bad sealing and/or inadequate insulation.

Andy also imaged the vents and canned lighting. Bright blue...yikes!

After the thermal imaging, Andy checked the attic for adequate insulation. No surprise, we need a bit more there. However, the important work at this point is to properly seal the house. It makes no sense to add more insulation to the mix if the home cannot hold heat in and cold out.

Thank goodness we have plenty of storage room in the rest of the house, or I'd be really bummed that there was no room for stuff in the attic!

Tomorrow, I'll share Andy's recommended solutions to seal the house and add extra insulation. Stay tuned!


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Tom said...

Once you have everything sealed up nice and tight, I'd recommend hiring someone to blow insulation into your attic. We priced it out at our old house, and we were able to have someone do the task for roughly the price that it would have cost me to do it myself. (Plus, then Rick doens't have t o worry about hitting his head on the ceiling if he were the one to go up there!)