Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is achieved through vents in the bathrooms, utility room, and kitchen, as well as opening windows. The ducts for the mechanical vents are often not in the best of shape during home inspections, since they are easy to forget.
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Is your attic filled to the brim with all of your old stuff? Are people working up there? New equipment? After three re-inspections of homes, I was considering how what happens in the attic effects our home.
There are homes designed without attics, and there are homeowners who wish to raise their ceilings, but there are energy efficiency concerns with having no attic.
Any break in you insulation allows for a great reduction in your energy efficiency, but you may not realize it, there could be a good number of breaks in your attic insulation.
Insulating a home involves more than the insulation in your attic. Weather stripping for your door is an important step.
Attic doors can be problematic, because they allow the temperature from the attic flow through to your conditioned space.
Creating a passive system that will not cause you to spend money on a utilities to help with the energy efficiency of your home.
A new idea on how to insulate your roof using nanotechnology.
Why Are Attached Garages Energy Inefficient?: A how to improve your garage guide to reduce energy costs
A Houston home inspector looks at a step towards a green home conversion that a homeowner can take, when they have an attached garage.
During a home inspection, I found an unusual air flow system.
Passive cooling is not part of our design methodology, but we can incorporate some ideas into our homes to reduce energy costs.
Real estate investors and homeowners should be forewarned that water damage can occur when turning on this utility. There is a possibility of damage from other utilities too.
Obvious damage from a storm will be handled by your insurance company, but you may need a home inspector if there are unseen problems, but there are steps to take care of this yourself.
A quick run down of common areas where a leak can occur in your home. The roof is not always the culprit.
Fully covering your damaged roof with a tarp, because it sustained hurricane damage, is not always a wise idea. Here are some facts to consider when taking on this task.
Home inspectors frequently see the same things over and over again. Here are five common home problems which are easily repaired.
Performing a home inspection during rain is not enjoyable, but it does give you a clear picture of where water can enter your home. Improperly caulked exterior wall joints can cause problems when not fully sealed.
After having been on many home inspections, I feel that passive designs can be better for the home, but mechanical systems have their place; they just have to be thought out well.
Dealing with common pests around your home.
Evaluating a room without a home inspector’s tool kit.
A simplified way to inspect your air conditioning system without a home inspector’s tool kit.
How to inspect the exterior of the home without a home inspector’s tool kit.