Energy Efficiency Archives - Lake City Inspections LLC - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Energy Efficiency

November 5, 2018
Basement foundations are common in North America

Residential Foundation Insulation

Homes being constructed today are more energy-efficient than those built even just a few years ago, primarily due to significant improvements in building products and techniques, as well as the development of high-performance heating and cooling systems and other appliances. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors believes that the benefits of foundation insulation are often overlooked nationwide. Heat loss from an uninsulated, conditioned basement may […]
October 22, 2018
Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to prevent damages

Home Winterization

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before the snow and excessive cold have arrived. Winterization protects against damage due to bursting water pipes, and from heat loss due to openings in the building envelope. Plumbing System Water damage caused by bursting pipes during cold weather can be devastating. A ruptured pipe […]
September 10, 2018
Installing a furnace filter takes very little time and can be accomplished by a homeowner

Homeowner Maintenance: Changing the HVAC Filter

Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance. And there are some tasks that, if deferred, can lead to a home system that’s inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses. One such task is changing the filter of the home’s HVAC system. It’s simple and inexpensive, and taking care of it at least every three months can mean the difference between […]
August 27, 2018
Double paned windows can lose their seal, resulting in fog between the panes as moisture accumulates

Condensation in Double-Paned Windows

Condensation is the accumulation of liquid water on relatively cold surfaces. Almost all air contains water vapor, the gas phase of water composed of tiny water droplets. The molecules in warm air are far apart from one another and allow the containment of a relatively large quantity of water vapor. As air cools, its molecules get closer together and squeeze the tiny vapor droplets closer together, […]
August 13, 2018
Fiberglass insulation panels

Fiberglass Insulation: History, Hazards and Alternatives

Fiberglass is a type of fiber primarily composed of glass that is used in a wide variety of applications and is predominantly employed as a residential and commercial thermal insulator. Fiberglass is also used to create products as varied as automobile bodies, boat hulls, arrows, roofing, shower curtains, and tent poles. As an insulator, it slows the spread of heat, cold, and sound in structures, cars, […]