What to improve first? 1952 Home Energy Efficiency.
Home’s built in 1952. I don’t think much has been changed energy efficiency wise to the home outside of maybe an HVAC once and I just replaced the water heater when we first moved in. I’m just learning the in’s and out’s of home ownership and hate the idea of a poor performing home energy wise. However I’m trying to go about this in a somewhat responsible way both financially and environmentally. To begin I’m thinking I should work on the insulation of the home (I’m open to suggestions however). Here’s some info for now and if I’m missing something or if more info is needed please ask.
I’m in climate zone 3
– Old cellulose in the attic which is covered randomly with open face batts, def. not up to code. This is all inside a vented roof with my HVAC and duct work living up there as well. So not ideal but not really something I can change currently
– Bare vented crawlspace with pier foundation.
– Walls are stucco with no insulation.
Again I’m trying to make my home more energy efficient and I’m trying to figure out where to start and to get a game plan together for future years to come but I’m having sever analysis paralysis with all the potential options for upgrades.
I was going to start with removing all the old insulation in the attic, air sealing and re-insulating up to code with blown in cellulose. After that potentially blowing in cellulose through the walls. From there I don’t know.
Would doing something like this be a good start or would the money be better spent getting a blower door test etc. We have new windows not that that’s important or helpful but at least I know that’s taken care of.
Any help, thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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