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The things you find out in the garage, part 3: it’s not the makings of good indoor air

May 23, 2014

We’ve talked about the bad venting set up for this furnace and water heater and also about what it sits on in past posts. I’m not quite done with indoor air quality, and I’d like to draw your attention to another area of the duct work that is right out in the open.air leak insulation
While we look at this system in the garage, you can see that there was an attempt to insulate and to seal the duct work. The un-faced fiberglass wrapped around most of the duct work is stained in a number of places. This would be from the garage air being drawn into the system every time it runs. The mystery regarding duct tape is why we call it that, since it doesn’t seal ducts and It was on parts of this system.
Keep in mind that all of the observations were just from the garage, the area of the home you mayduct tape leaks walk through every day. Never mind what we found in the attic.
The happy ending to this story is that this homeowner was given a list of solutions to the problems we found. With a new system, measures were taken in the home as well that will mean lower energy bills, better comfort, and most important of all a healthier and safer home.


Looking like a hero…

April 23, 2011

What a sad state of affairs.  Some of the work we run across is simply atrocious.  Insulation with no air-sealing–a complete waste of money.  Poor windows, installed poorly!  And furnaces and air-conditioners installed without adult supervision.  It’s easy for us to look like heros by simply doing things the right way and fixing the terrible work of those who’ve gone before.

Wow. At least they used tape, eh?

The above is a Virginia example, run across by the folks at Energy Efficient Solutions, our partner in the Yorktown area of Virginia. I ran out of fingers counting the visible problems here. I shudder to think what the rest of the construction details look like.

Most of the time, Chuck and company are able to fix this and leave the homeowner tickled with the huge improvement.  It this case, unfortunately, it’s a bank-owned property, and apparently they’re not interested in having it fixed.

Sometimes, you just gotta shake your head.

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