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"The Loft Room Is Always Warm - It Won't Cool, No Matter What"

During the phone call I heard, "The loft room is always warm - it won't cool, no matter what."

They understood I have the ability to "see" insulation.  While that is not exactly true, Mighty Mo has the ability to distinguish warm from cool, and can "see" where insulation is and is not.

So, we went up into the room.  It was dramatically warmer than the third level, which was warmer than the main level. 

The thermostat on the third level was set to 72F.  That's pretty cool.  But going to the fourth level, or the loft room, the ambient air temperature was 87F.  That's pretty warm!

These are only two of many thermal images I could publish to demonstrate that the insulation in this room was very, very poorly done.

Obviously the hot spots can be seen all over.  Not a hot day outdoors, about 82F, the angled walls in this room are quite warm, about 97F.  Imagine how uncomfortable this room would be on a very hot day!

I said, "This room is very cold in winter, right?"

"Yes!  How did you know?"

My recommendation:  poor insulation in any room will have an effect on that room during every season.  Heat seeks cold during every season!  It intrudes during summer to heat the room with radiant heat.  And it exits during the winter to cool the room as cold follows.  When insulation is not done properly to begin with, it does not improve, and an make any space very uncomfortable.  The HVAC system simply cannot keep up with such poorly-installed insulation - in any season.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • June 28 2016 03:19AM

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You can tell you aren't from the midwest Jay Markanich if you can say that 72 degrees is "pretty cool"....That's a heat wave !!! :) 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

It's all relative, S&D.  Here, with heat AND very high humidity, HVAC running so continuously to try to maintain 72F not only is extremely inefficient, but breaks it down more rapidly.  We keep our AC at 79F.  Once the humidity is removed indoors that feels comfortable.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Jay Markanich Proper diagnosis is only the first step to a full recovery of the 'patient'. Next, the homeowner must decide the best method to remedy the illness. Great post!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 4 years ago

S&N - it reminds me of a rock and roll song - See me.  Feel me.  Sweat me.  See me.

Or something like that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

That looks really hot.  Hopefully, they get some insulation in quickly as it is probably draining their systems (and patience).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Oh, it's a drain, for sure, Debbie!  The system never turned off the entire time I was upstairs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. You just can't hide from Mighty Mo! So sad they did not do it right! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

That's pretty bad... way to go Mo!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Mo really brings the situation to life, and living color, Wayne.

Fred - while the nerve endings say there's a problem, clients eyes always pop when they are actually able to see the pattern of insulation and its placement.  There were 15 images up there, and all very indicative and definitive.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

I sure hope they have a warranty with the builder if this is a new build.  That's going to be an expensive fix.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 4 years ago

This is a zillion $ home in McLean, Stephen.  They bought the house a short while ago, and have experienced big temperature differences level to level.  Now they know why. 

I didn't do their home inspection, but they heard about me after what they experienced.  It's their problem now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 4 years ago

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