Northern Virginia and Metro Maryland has many charming older houses. Unfortunately, many of these homes have energy efficiency issues that cause comfort issues, high energy bills, and poor indoor air quality. The Fifth Fuel specializes in making energy-saving home improvements that gets to the root of home energy inefficiencies.
The Fifth Fuel Retrofit Services Include
- Air sealing homes to stop leaks and drafts
- Insulating walls and floors over unconditioned spaces with blown-in cellulose
- Encapsulating crawlspaces to prevent moisture and energy efficiency issues
- Using spray foam insulation on gaps and cracks
- Replacing, restoring, and insulating HVAC ductwork
Why Make Energy-Saving Home Retrofits?
Many homes have comfort issues. Cold floors, drafts, and uneven temperatures make homes less cozy and homey in the winter.
Many common home performance issues, such as a warmer second floor or drafts, can be resolved with the proper services. Some homes, for example, have uninsulated walls that make homes colder in the winter and warmer in the summer. Many homes have insufficient attic insulation that cause air leaks and make the second floor uncomfortably warm in the summer. Other homes have compressed or uninsulated ductwork that causes the heating and cooling system to work harder to compensate.
Energy retrofits can significantly improve home performance, creating a lasting solution to comfort issues.
Energy-Saving Improvements for Your Northern VA Home
Many homeowners think of upgrading windows as synonymous with energy efficiency improvements. Although this is a high priority for some homes, in many cases lower cost improvements will create greater energy savings.
The Fifth Fuel energy efficiency experts have been making homes more energy efficient since 1986 through our parent company. We are highly skilled in identifying the source of home comfort issues and creating solutions. We use advanced diagnostic tools, including infrared cameras and blower door tests, to pinpoint inefficiencies.
This approach benefits our customers because The Fifth Fuel customizes energy-saving solutions based on the project budget, goals of the homeowner, and the energy efficiency issues identified.
Commercial Energy Retrofits
The first step in a commercial retrofit is to determine which buildings in your portfolio could gain the most from the retrofit process. Our energy efficiency analysts will help you decide where to start, working with you to gather, interpret, and compare as much information as possible.
This involves an assessment of the entire building, a review of your historical energy usage patterns, and interviews with occupants for additional insights. Next we will monitor, evaluate and test your current systems for efficiency and offer solutions to restore them to their original performance levels. Once the necessary repairs and adjustments are made, the systems will be re-tested and monitored to ensure the problem areas have been fixed.
The Fifth Fuel is a locally-owned company that has been serving Northern Virginia and Metro DC homeowners for 30 years. We have extensive experience in home energy retrofits for lower utility bills and greater home comfort!