After purchasing their 100-year-old home, the Creamers reached out to RISE Engineering on the advice of their Realtor and home inspectors.
The home's original source of heating was a dated oil boiler that vented through a chimney. Home inspectors told them it was old and failing, and they recommended converting to natural gas. The home also had insufficient insulation, so there was added concern about heating bills and lack of energy efficiency.
A RISE Energy Specialist conducted several efficiency tests and guided the Creamers through a thorough review from attic to basement, including testing the insulation thickness on the exterior. Recommendations were made to upgrade the home’s heating, cooling, and hot water systems. The Creamers selected an energy-efficient direct-venting gas boiler and water heater. For cooling, they installed an electric heat-pump, semi-split air conditioner. Additionally, contractors completed thorough weatherization of the home with both attic and basement insulation.
Energy efficiency tests before and after demonstrated a significant leap in efficiency. They noticed the difference right away. The home felt warmer and less drafty, in particular, the attic and basement.