Conditioned Spaces

Why Conditioned Spaces Come Last in Improving Home Performance

“C” is for Conditioned Space in the “ABC” Approach to an Efficient Home

It may seem counter-intuitive to put your main living area at the bottom of your priority list. But this isn’t the case when you realize that “C” also stands for “complicated” and “costly.” It’s more difficult (& more expensive) to upgrade insulation levels in the enclosed walls that surround your living space. It’s much more costly to install replacement windows than it is to upgrade attic or basement insulation. By dealing with the attic and basement improvements first, you’ll enjoy bigger benefits and a faster return on your investment.

Blog Posts About Conditioned Spaces


Hot upstairs, cold downstairs. What is going on?

Uneven temperatures and uncomfortable rooms in the house Do you have rooms in your house that are too cold during the winter or too hot during the summer? It may be a seasonal problem or it may happen year round. The first thought you may have is that you need a better, bigger heating and […]

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I hate my drafty windows!

It’s a common winter woe. Let’s look at the options for overcoming this icy problem. “The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” ‘Tis the season to sing this classic tribute to hearth and home. But are you really feeling cozy and warm while gazing out the window into a frozen landscape? […]

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Winterizing Your Home

Scared about cold drafts and high heating bills? Here’s what to do about it. Cold drafts. Chilly floors. High heating bills. We all have the same worries as winter approaches. But advice on how to avoid these discomforts varies greatly. Depending on who you’re talking to, you might be led to believe that you need […]

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Choosing a new entry door

Make the most of an energy-saving upgrade that also has a big impact on curb appeal  Let’s be clear. Replacing an old entry door with a new ENERGY STAR® door will not have the same impact on comfort and energy savings as sealing leaky ductwork or upgrading attic insulation. But unlike many other energy-saving upgrades, […]

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Avoiding Sick Building Syndrome

Improving your home’s indoor air quality will protect family members from invisible pollutants that can cause serious health problems Normally I like to begin a blog with a few sentences that explain the importance of the topic I’m planning to cover. But the best way to emphasize the importance of indoor air quality is to […]

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