We had our 1,500 square foot home air sealed and insulated through A-A Exteriors, for a total of investment of $6,000. Prior to this, our budget bill from Wisconsin Public Service was $369.00 per month. As of July, we have saved $800.00 in our heat and electric charges, in addition to the $775 we received in cash payment from Focus on Energy. The total return on investment year to date is $1,575.00.
When it comes to energy efficiency upgrades, Accurate-Airtight Exteriors works on with many single family residential construction projects, but condominiums and other multi-family buildings will benefit just as much from having air sealing and building performance upgrade work done, too. The repair of unintended cracks, gaps, and holes (in attics and elsewhere) is one the most cost-effective ways to increase comfort and lower energy costs in buildings of any type and age.
Accurate-Airtight Exteriors excels at air sealing and properly insulating condominium and multi-family buildings and homes in Wisconsin, including Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, and beyond—here’s how.
Condominiums Have Unique Energy Issues
Condominium buildings are built to have visual and architectural appeal. The result is a lot of dormers, vaulted ceilings, cantilevers, and recessed lights. These building features look great, but they also add complexity to the thermal envelope of the structure, creating more potential for air leaks. If the builder did not perform a thorough air sealing job (as is unfortunately common during original construction), it can lead to a home with uncomfortable rooms and high energy bills.
Another factor in condo energy use is that building flaws and air leaks in adjacent units or between units are part of the energy equation. Units are separately owned, but a building with multiple units has air and moisture flow between the units that need to be accounted for. This is a great example of the “Building as a System” concept, which we use on every job.
How A-A Exteriors Improves Energy Efficiency in Condominiums
Our condominium energy efficiency projects begin with air sealing. Our team will find and seal air leaks in places like attics and crawlspaces. We use spray foam, caulk, and materials like rigid foam board to repair the air barrier of a building and minimize air entering and leaving. After a thorough air sealing of the attic, we do the prep work required to get an attic ready to be insulated: ventilation chutes are installed, attic hatches are properly weather-stripped and insulated, and attic venting can be added.
We insulate attics, walls, framed floor cavities, cantilevers, basements, sill boxes, and so much more. We can even transform your crawlspace, which can lead to drastic improvements in the living spaces above them. We often use cellulose insulation, a recycled paper product treated with borates which acts as a fire retardant, mold inhibitor, and pest deterrent. Installing low sone bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans that correctly vent to the outside is another service of Accurate-Airtight Exteriors. Properly installed mechanical ventilation is critical to control moisture and odors in a home, and our
clients tell us they love how quiet they are.
About Accurate-Airtight Exteriors Condominium Work
We have a vast amount of experience in multi-unit buildings. Accurate-Airtight Exteriors owner Torrance Kramer, for example, holds certification as a CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and as a Multi-Family Building Analyst. Our crew is frequently called in to upgrade the energy performance of condominiums, even units that were recently built. If you’re suffering from high energy bills or an uncomfortable condo unit, call our team to see how we can help lower your heating and cooling costs and improve your indoor comfort!
Accurate-Airtight Exteriors specializes in building diagnostics, energy audits, air sealing, insulation, ventilation, and indoor air quality. We’ve been in business since 1998, have over 75 years of combined building science experience, and are a Focus On Energy Trade Ally, which can help you qualify for money-saving incentives for certain air sealing and insulation projects.