Is your house cold, drafty, expensive to heat?


This is us in the process of doing another home. Seeing were in the heating mode, I thought this may shed some light on why it happens. This house is a split level with several overhangs that extend the walls beyond the foundation. After doing a energy audit and interviewing the owner who complained of cold feet in the rooms where these overhangs were located. We opened up them and found that the builder on
Rear overhang in process of removal of soffit
Rear overhang in process of removal of soffit
3" of Insulation that was found above the 10" floor joists on the overhang
3" of Insulation that was found above the 10" floor joists on the overhang
Insulation prior to removal. Note the black staining. This is caused by air moving through the insulation up into the floor cavity. Floor temps were only 15 degrees above outside temps.
Insulation prior to removal. Note the black staining. This is caused by air moving through the insulation up into the floor cavity. Floor temps were only 15 degrees above outside temps.
Air sealing using foam in the cavity. This is R-18 foam. Followed by ECO Batt insulation that will bring the floor cavity up to R-48.
Air sealing using foam in the cavity. This is R-18 foam. Followed by ECO Batt insulation that will bring the floor cavity up to R-48.
Attic air sealing project. Notice can light splices outside of the fixture. With paper backing on insulation that was covering and surrounding light. This was a fire waiting to happen in this home.
Attic air sealing project. Notice can light splices outside of the fixture. With paper backing on insulation that was covering and surrounding light. This was a fire waiting to happen in this home.
This is the new direct contact fixture with the proper wiring done in the box. The pliers point to a thermal device within the fixture that should it overheat due to wrong bulb, It will trip and shut off light until it cools down.
This is the new direct contact fixture with the proper wiring done in the box. The pliers point to a thermal device within the fixture that should it overheat due to wrong bulb, It will trip and shut off light until it cools down.
This is some of the newer insulation blanket that was placed over the older insulation within the attic. Notice the black streaks. This is caused by air flowing up from around the walls within the attic.
This is some of the newer insulation blanket that was placed over the older insulation within the attic. Notice the black streaks. This is caused by air flowing up from around the walls within the attic.
This is what is found when insulation is removed. We use foam to air seal all of these gaps, including any wire openings, pipe vents etc.
This is what is found when insulation is removed. We use foam to air seal all of these gaps, including any wire openings, pipe vents etc.
Notice all of the displaced insulation in attic. The result of many "trades" that are supposed to be professionals.
Notice all of the displaced insulation in attic. The result of many "trades" that are supposed to be professionals.
Here again is insulation that was displaced and varied due to all the so called improvements in the attic.
Here again is insulation that was displaced and varied due to all the so called improvements in the attic.
Notice the paper backed insulation. This is kindling for the light fixtures that overheat and spark because of poor wiring practices found in this attic
Notice the paper backed insulation. This is kindling for the light fixtures that overheat and spark because of poor wiring practices found in this attic
Notice the black stains round this wire. Air is moving up and out of the walls where these holes are located. This results in dust stains on the insulation.
Notice the black stains round this wire. Air is moving up and out of the walls where these holes are located. This results in dust stains on the insulation.

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  • Marie R
    on Feb 11, 2013

    Lots of info...thanks!

  • Charlotte Belange
    on Dec 8, 2013

    If you live in a rental and can't do or get your land lord to do it check with your local Community Action Council they have Energy Assistance Program they have programs for the owner that is really great. I live in Washington state we have a great CAC program. Char B YELM,WA

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