Beth and Paul's beautiful La Mesa home used to have one major problem. "The living room was unbearable in the summer," says Beth. "It felt like you could cook a chicken in there.” Their floor-to-ceiling, west-facing windows were partly to blame, but there was more to the story.
The couple contacted an Energy Upgrade CaliforniaTM Home Upgrade participating contractor to get a home energy assessment. The contractor identified a few factors contributing to the temperature problem – including ducts that leaked 40% of the conditioned air, inadequate insulation and, of course, those windows. The contractor replaced the leaky ducts, sealed the home's air leakage, added attic insulation, installed energy-efficient Low-E windows, and installed a high efficiency heating and cooling system with dual-zone programmable thermostats.
“As soon as the insulation was installed we could feel the difference, the house was more comfortable and quieter," Beth says. "It was a dramatic change.” The upgrades are expected to save the couple 33% on their annual energy use, qualifying them for a $3,000 rebate through Energy Upgrade California.
You’re invited to stop by and tour Beth and Paul's high performance home – and meet their contractor, Comfort Advisors – on these dates: