The goal of the homeowner was to get off of oil for their primary heating fuel, and instead heat with a central air source heat pump system with electric backup. Rook Energy Solutions did a full weatherization retrofit of the attics, basement and crawlspaces. Insulation was removed to allow for thorough air sealing of all attic bypasses, and new Thermax rigid board, closed cell spray foam and cellulose was installed. A new vapor barrier was installed over the exposed dirt in the crawlspaces.Read More
When choosing to insulate an attic, one of the important questions to ask: is insulation just being blown over the existing insulation, or is insulation removal and air sealing included in the estimate? With minimal air sealing, and adding insulation over existing material without air sealing first, homeowners will not got the results they desire and their retrofit can fall well short of being truly effective for the life of the improvement.Read More
UPDATE: This home was weatherized in 2012 - the home owner has reported ~30% savings annually from their pre-weatherization heating bills.
This small ranch in Biddeford offered many of the same issues that we regularly see in a New England home; excessive fiberglass insulation with mismanaged airflow leading to devalued insulation. The home owner complained of ice damming issues, drafty spots, and high energy bills.Read More