A homeowner of a newly built 2 story home in an over 55 community contacted AmeriSpec Inspection Services to determine the cause of cold rooms and significant air leakage. The owner complained that a few rooms in the home were as much as 10 degrees colder than adjoining rooms. The builder of the home had been working with the homeowner to address the issues and had all but given up.
Air leakage in forced air duct systems is now recognized as a major source of energy waste in both new and existing houses. Studies indicate ductwork air leakage can account for as much as 25% of total house energy loss and can prevent heating and cooling systems from operating properly, resulting in uneven heating and cooling of rooms. Continue reading How Infrared Thermography Inspection Reveals Condensation & Poorly Sealed or Leaking HVAC Ductwork
Insulation plays a major role in reducing energy loss in a residential structures. Improperly installed insulation can substantially reduce the R-value, resulting in higher utility bills and possible moisture problems. Continue reading Energy Loss From Missing or Improperly Installed Insulation
Recessed lights have traditionally been costly contributors to heat loss. These fixtures allow conditioned air to leak into unconditioned spaces, such as attic spaces. Continue reading Infrared Thermography, Recessed Light Fixtures and Energy Loss