Limiting moisture is critical for the durability of a home and the quality of indoor air its occupants breathe. Rainwater can enter an attic through roof leaks and enter a crawlspace or basement through improper grading or insufficient gutters and downspouts. Plumbing leaks can also affect both durability and indoor air quality as well. Excessive humidity inside a home can impact the comfort of occupants and cause mold growth and unhealthy indoor air quality. Bathroom exhaust fans that are properly installed and vented to the exterior are critical for controlling humidity. Thoroughly inspecting a home inside and out is of utmost importance to effectively diagnose and create an effective strategy to limit moisture in a home.
Can an older home be cozy in the winter and comfortable in the summer? Can an older home be Energy Star rated? From our experiences my neighbor Kathy and I say “yes!” The home must be well insulated and the holes must be sealed. We each had our homes tightened up by Energy Reduction Specialists (ERS) of North Carolina.