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Home Energy assessment
To find out where you can save energy in your home, start the process by contacting us to schedule a home energy assessment. The reports will show how your home ranks compared to a modern more efficient home of the same general size and construction type.
We can then review with you ways to make your home more energy efficient and illustrate the projected annual energy savings associated with each recommendation.
You will be provided with information and suggestions to be able to decide what upgrades make the most sense for you. We can then begin the process of scheduling the work.
Ice dams typically form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs. When excessive heat is trapped in the attic space, it warms the roof surface causing snow to melt. Water then runs down the roof surface until it reaches the unheated bottom edge of a roof. Here it freezes again. This chunk of ice is called an ice dam, and it can cause water to backup beneath shingles and cause damage to walls, ceiling, and roof structures. This usually also results in the formation of icicles.
It is impossible to completely eliminate icicles because the roof surface can get heated from the sun, but the majority of the problem is due to heat leaking from the house, therefore most of the problem can be addressed by air sealing the ceiling first and then adding more insulation to your attic. And at the end of the day, all of these measures also help to increase the comfort level inside your house and reduce energy bills.
Air Seal the Ceiling
Air leakage transmits a lot of heat into the attic quickly. This should be your first line of defense. Items that may need to be air sealed include plumbing stacks, electrical wires, pot lights, attic hatches, etc. Air sealing should be accomplished before moving on to the other methods listed.
Bathroom Exhausted to Exterior
Bathroom fans need to exhaust to the exterior of the house. Unfortunately, we find that a lot of them simply dump the hot and humid air into the attic. This key problem needs to get fixed before new insulation is installed into your attic.
Add Attic Insulation
Now that your attic is air sealed and bathroom exhaust is vented to the exterior, it is time to increase the amount of insulation present. The current standard is to have a total of R60 inside your attic space.
Add More Attic Ventilation
Keep in mind that no matter how much insulation is in the attic, some heat still comes through it. The purpose of attic ventilation is to give that heat an exit to the exterior. Most homes built before 1980 have lousy attic ventilation.
Many homes have second floors that are 2-8 degrees warmer in summer than the first floors. Under the summer sun, a hot attic will radiate heat into the cooler space below.
In your basement, heat is lost to the outdoors. In this case, it is transmitted to the surrounding soil.
Old crawlspaces are generally very poorly sealed and insulated. The space beneath your feet may be outside air that is below freezing for much of the winter.
Are the furthest rooms from your furnace really cold in the winter and too hot in the summer?
Do you have a bedroom located over a garage or a room that overhangs to the exterior of your house. These rooms are typically a lot cooler than the rest of your home in the winter.
Insulating and air sealing your home will lead to substantial increases in the comfort of your home. Air sealing and additional attic insulation will help reduce this effect. This also reduces the load on your air conditioner, helping to reduce energy costs while increasing comfort levels.
Basement Wall Insulation
Reducing heat loss through the addition of basement wall insulation is the best way to increase the comfort levels for this part of your home. Special consideration needs to be given to air sealing and proper installation techniques.
Properly air sealing and insulating the floor beneath your feet will help significantly. We will review the results of your home energy assessment with you to outline options and associated energy savings.
Insulating your walls will make the biggest change to comfort levels. This is primarily because you get a lot closer to your walls than you do to your ceiling. On some homes you will see substantial energy savings. After a home energy assessment, we will be able to show you the projected energy savings annually. Insulating your walls will greatly reduce the transfer of radiant energy. It therefore causes the biggest difference in comfort.
Crawlspaces & the Back Room Extension
There are options to properly treat this space in an effort to increase your home comfort levels and reduce the cold feet effect.
Air sealing and insulating will improve hot/cold spots, but you may need to go one step further. Duct sealing is the best way to stop air from escaping in the seams and joints between your furnace and the registers, increasing the flow of heat or AC. A sealed duct system also helps even out temperature fluctuations throughout the house.
Cold Air Drafts
Improve the comfort of your home and save energy too, by air sealing different parts of it. Areas that may need air sealing include the basement, crawlspace, ceiling and items such as receptacles, plumbing fixtures, wires, window frames, door frames, and old doors and windows, air ducts just to name a few. The objective is to reduce unwanted cold air from entering your house and ensuring that heated air is properly getting to its intended location in your home.
Is your house too humid or too dry? As part of the home energy assessment, we will help find solutions to these problems and present them to you for your evaluation and consideration.
High humidity levels contribute to a number of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) problems. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are released much more quickly at higher humidity levels. Mold starts growing around 50% relative humidity, depending on the strain, around 65% humidity there are very high odds it is growing, and at 80% and above it can multiply very quickly. Basements or crawlspaces can have very high humidity and hence are prone to mold, mildew, rot, and other moisture problems. Controlling humidity inside a home is a key part of our process and leads to substantial comfort, durability, and efficiency gains as well as improved IAQ.
Low humidity levels can cause dry and irritated eyes, flaky and itchy skin. It can also inflame and dry out the mucous membrane lining the respiratory tract, increasing the risk of flu, colds and other infections. With respect to your home, hardwood floors can split or crack as they dry out.
Inefficient Heating/ Cooling, Hot Water Equipment
Is your equipment old and inefficient? We recommend that air sealing and insulation problems are fixed before a heating or air conditioning upgrade, unless, of course your older equipment is failing or in need of immediate and expensive repairs.
Older equipment, in most situations, is far less efficient than modern new equipment so you will see immediate savings on your utility bills. The newer ECM fan motors also use far less electricity to accomplish the same amount of airflow or more. The results of your home energy assessment will illustrate projected savings for equipment upgrades.
New domestic hot water tankless systems reduce energy loss by only heating water as you need it rather than having to keep water hot in a tank so that it is always ready for when it is called upon.
Contact us today and start saving!
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Rebates & Incentives
In Ontario, Enbridge Gas has an active incentive program for home energy upgrades. For more details, visit BuyWise Consulting