1988 bi-level building practices and energy retrofit
Have been reading on here for years, I did search this topic and found a lot of good information but still have some questions. I am in the processes of buying my first home.
It is a 1988 split level in southern NY zone 5, block wall foundation. The basement is finished, there is no form of insulation on the floor, wall or ceiling. The attic has fiberglass bat insulation that needs to be fixed and there are no vent channels. There is a central air conditioning system in the attic and many unsealed penetrations. The house has plywood sheathing and 3/8″ xps under the vinyl siding and the front has a brick wall in front of sheathing/ 3/8″ xps.
There is fireplace in basement that appears to have wide open make up air channel. Id like to install wood stove insert but have a way to close the make up air when not in use.
With the basement finished I am unsure were to begin. maybe the attic. Part of me feel this house is a lost cause for energy efficiency and to just live with it for 5-10 years until I can build a proper house. NY offers a free home energy assessment/ blow door test that I plan on having done. Any advice is appreciated.
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