Where is Your Home’s Thermal Boundary?
Posted On: 4/13/2016 11:43 AM
For Syracuse homeowners who are looking to boost home performance, the thermal boundary is one of the most important areas of the home to consider. This being said, it’s also a part of the home that goes overlooked. The thermal boundary is what separates the home’s conditioned space from its unconditioned space. Ideally, it’s an air sealed, insulated area that is responsible for controlling heat flow in and out of the home, and it plays a key role in overall energy efficiency and home performance.
One of the biggest problems faced by Syracuse residents has to do with a lack of a proper thermal boundary on their homes. In these cases, costly heated air is escaping outside. The thermal boundary will differ depending on the design of the home; it could be the basement and top floor, or an unconditioned basement and attic. Regardless, fixing the issue of a poor thermal boundary starts with an energy audit.
Why Schedule an Energy Audit?
There is perhaps no better way to get a good read on how well your home is performing than to schedule an energy audit. The energy audit process takes into consideration all of the aspects of the home that contribute to performance and energy efficiency, like insulation, air sealing, your HVAC system, indoor air quality and more. When conducting an energy audit, Zerodraft places a great deal of focus on the thermal envelope, and the best place to start is the attic.
The attic is one of the most common sources of air leakage in the home, which is why it’s so important that it be properly outfitted with air sealing and insulation. Similarly, the basement can have a big impact on the health of your thermal envelope, including crawlspaces and rim joists. Another place to look is dropped ceilings and ductwork, both of which tend to lack insulation and negatively affect home performance.
Let Zerodraft Help
At Zerodraft, we believe that the thermal envelope is extremely important to focus on in order to get the home running at peak performance. Insulating and air sealing your attic, basement and crawlspaces can come along with a great deal of benefits, especially when you consider the impact it can have on overall home comfort. Our services can help to enhance energy efficiency, reduce unwanted airflow issues and improve indoor air quality, making your home healthier and safer for you and your family.
Ready to schedule an energy audit and find your thermal boundary? Call us today to learn more.