Home Remodel? Consider Starting With an Energy Audit

If you are living in a home that is more than 25 years old, you may be thinking it’s time for a change. But you love your house and your neighborhood, so rather than changing homes, what about changing YOUR home? Revitalize your home with Vincent Custom Building. We’ll show you some small home improvement steps that can make a big difference in your home.

How The Stack Effect May Be Ruining Your Home’s Efficiency

Pretty soon, we will be right in the middle of those summer months when the temperatures begin to rise… along with your electric bill. Cooling and heating systems often lead to a homeowner’s biggest expenses, outside of their mortgage payment. What many people don’t know is that a phenomenon called the “stack effect” could be reducing your home’s efficiency.

The stack effect happens in the winter when the warm air inside your home rises and leaks out of the cracks and holes in the ceiling plane then pulls in the cold, outside air through similar leaks in the floor from the crawlspace.Vincent Custom Building, Home Builder in Chapel Hill

The reverse happens in the summer months when the cool air inside the house settles through the floor and draws hot humid air behind it  into the house through cracks in the building envelop.  Vincent Custom Building sees this all the time.

The stack effect not only reduces the energy efficiency of your home, but can lead to other issues, as well. You may turn your whole house fan on and bring in the smell of the crawl space. Or you may smell the fireplace when the drier runs or the upstairs windows are open. It also can offset the humidity level in your home, leading to the growth of mold and mildew.

There are a number of misconceptions with how to deal with these issues. Specifically, many believe that an attic fan will reduce cooling costs, when in fact, it actually exacerbates the stack effect by dropping the pressure in your attic and pulling in cooled air from inside your home. Another option many people consider is replacing the windows, but this only provides a minor improvement in efficiency and leaves you with a big up-front cost to try to recoup. And for those who may consider fixing up their 1970s or 80s home themselves, many of these structures can have lead in the paint or asbestos in the textured ceilings, which can be harmful.

So what can you do to improve the energy efficiency of your home, without stirring up any dangerous fumes? Start with an energy audit!

Vincent Custom Building likes to begin even a modest project with an energy audit to determine baseline performance so we can address efficiency and air-sealing issues as we remodel for you.  And if your home is old enough to have lead and asbestos, we can test for them as well.  It’s the comfort and health of our customers that’s our top priority. Call Vincent Custom Building at (919) 967-0366 today!