Frequently asked questions (FAQs) come from many of our customers, and because we hear them often, we may have the answer to your questions below! The pros at Energeyes are dedicated to educating our customers about ways to improve home performance, as well as understanding just how their home works.
What’s the difference between a basement and a crawlspace?
A basement will have a poured concrete floor and is generally deep enough to stand up in. Partial basements are also constructed of concrete, but may only be a few feet deep to house various home appliances such as a furnace, water heater and ductwork.
A crawlspace most likely will have a dirt or otherwise unfinished floor. Crawlspaces are the most common foundation structure in our area, and were often used as a cooling feature. Both crawlspaces and basements can require moisture remediation services to keep your home healthy and durable.
What are the benefits of crawlspace encapsulation?
There’s a reason most people don’t know what’s in their crawlspace— they can be pretty dirty and damp areas. But the moisture you don’t see can cause serious damage to your home’s footings and floor joists over time. Moisture from our humid environment can also combine with vermin feces to make your family feel sick.
Encapsulation includes cleaning, mold remediation and removing other contaminants; installing dehumidifiers, drainage or a sump pump to keep water away; then sealing the dirt floor, footings and floor joists with a vapor barrier to prevent the damp from seeping into your home.
Should I have an energy audit?
If your energy bills have been rising, your family is feeling ill, or your home feels drafty or smells musty, your North Raleigh, NC area home’s performance may be suffering. A home energy audit by Energeyes uses proven building science and specialized tools to identify problem areas, safety concerns and unhealthy conditions. We can then review your options to determine the best solution for your home and your budget.
How long does an energy audit take?
It’s hard to be precise because each home is different. Generally, our audits will take 3-4 hours, depending on the type of assessment being conducted and the size and complexity of your home. Our goal is to provide a thorough analysis of all the components that make up your home’s systems. We’ll inspect from top to bottom and then review the results with you right away.
How can I tell if my attic Insulation is working?
Attic insulation is key to keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient. Your attic insulation may need to be replaced if you experience:
Insulation is older
Drafty or unevenly cooled or heated rooms
One way to learn how well your insulation is working is to make an appointment for a home energy audit, which will examine your Apex, NC area home’s insulation and how well it’s working with other home systems.
Should I upgrade my home’s performance before selling?
Marketing a home that performs well and efficiently is easier than having to address potential problems before closing. Improving your home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality can mean enhanced value once your house is on the market competing with other homes in your neighborhood. Think about it: a buyer’s first home choice will be one that is energy efficient and well-maintained. Plus, you’ll avoid expensive surprises once you’re under contract.