Comments on: Why You Should not Over Insulate Your Home https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:58:02 -0600 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 By: frankschulteladbeck https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-3366 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:37:09 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-3366 Yes, I did mean that the heat in the air is rising up. The transmission of heat in a building does occur by conduction, convection, and radiation, which does mean various surfaces have to be a concern. I do suggest that we need to insulate the walls and under the home as my post of 9/28/11 on pier and beam homes describes. With the heated air rising, we do become more concerned with heat escaping through the attic or roof, so that is why we insulate that area to a greater degree. We also insulate the attic to a greater degree, because we are concerned with thermal bridging (in this case heat radiating through framing to the conditioned space below). In the end, we do need to balance insulation with ventilation, and also properly sizing equipment.

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By: HotinTN https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-3365 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:04:31 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-3365 We have heavily insulated our TN home and while that works great in the winter, in the summer it is difficult to get the humidity and temp right at the same time. Basically, we have done such a good job insulating that the A/C is now oversized and does not run often enough to remove sufficient humidity. It requires a dehumidifier to keep the humidity between 60% and 75%, which is high.

And on the notes that say to insulate the attic, as heat rises, I would offer that hot air rises, but heat radiates, so every wall/ceiling/floor should be as insulated as is reasonable.

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By: frankschulteladbeck https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-2427 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:34:11 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-2427 Tom, it does sound like the system may have to be downsized, and it would be nice for contractors to properly inform their clients of the implications of one job on different systems, so other contractors can be called out to prevent the issue you describe. I would love to see homeowners obtain a manual “How to Operate Your Home”, so that they would understand the correlation between weatherization, insulation, ventilation, the HVAC system, and comfort in the home. If we create a tight envelope with more insulation, then the next thing on our list should be to check our ventilation and the HVAC system, right away. Then it would be nice for the homeowner to understand that they should have fans for air movement.

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By: TOM https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-2426 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:28:37 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-2426 I have recently done a service call on a home and the house had new blown in insulation and vapor barrier in the entire roof and attic, now the home is sweating around all recessed light fixtures and dripping on the floor. I am going to run a Manual J on the home, should Contractors be notified that when changing the heat load factor the Central Air and Heat loads are changing the Central Air and Heat system. These systems may have to be down sized? Tom.

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By: frankschulteladbeck https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-1415 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:24:54 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-1415 Thanks for the reminder Kent. I did forget to mention that fact.

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By: Kent Keith https://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/home-maintenance-for-the-homeowner/insulate-home/#comment-1414 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 02:14:50 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1240#comment-1414 Another reason to seal around the attic door is that I see many installed near air returns which can cause a negative pressure and pull air from the attic.
Another product to consider is an attic tent. I have a picture of one on my website at:
http://www.fortworthinspector.com/save_energy.html
Kent

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