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New Homes with Hot or Cold Rooms Due to Improperly Installed Insulation
I see new home after new home with the insulation installed incorrectly. Insulation manufacturers require their product to be installed in a manner so the insulation is in contact with drywall, insulation and wall framing on all six sides. If there are any gaps between the insulation and another material it reduces the R value substanulately and may increase air leakage.
I recently performed an Infrared Scan on a one year old home in which the owner complained one of the bedrooms could not be used in the winter because it was too cold. The builder and heating contractor recommended reducing the airflow in the other bedrooms to forced more air into the cold room. The consequence of this “so called” repair was making the bedrooms, with no problems, colder as well.
The photo shows how improperly installed insulation and a poorly sealed home can effect the comfort level from one room to another.
Rich Roshak is a licensed New Jersey home and building inspector and has construction experience dating back to 1974. He is the owner of AmeriSpec Inspection Services in Somerset, NJ and can be reached at 877-921-3062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ Amerispec inspects homes and offers Radon Testing (continuous monitor), Warranty Inspections, New Construction Inspections, Chimney Inspections (level 1 and 2), Consulting Services and Infrared Energy Scans in New Jersey including Somerset, Bergen, Middlesex, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Passaic, Morris, Essex, Burlington, Union and Ocean Counties.