After several years of renting, we decided to purchase a home.
- It was a great house.
It was built in the 1920s and had all the character of the time period – hardwood floors, nine foot ceilings, archways and built-in cabinets. It was in a prime neighborhood, in a good school district and we could have our boat in the water in five minutes. The house had four bedrooms and two bathrooms which included a master bedroom and bathroom addition. We moved in during the summer and thought we had our forever home. Then came winter. The HVAC system in our home was electric air conditioning with a gas heater. The house was built off-grade and had no insulation underneath. Also, the exterior walls in the kitchen had no insulation. I’m not sure any of the exterior walls had insulation. Opening the dishwasher or cabinet under the sink would let in a blast of cold air. We put our heating system to the test that winter. We tried closing heating registers in unused areas. We kept adjusting the thermostat upward but still could not keep the house warm. We finally had an HVAC technician check the system and it just could not keep up with the lack of insulation. We learned a valuable lesson about having a quality home inspection and quickly learned that radiator type space heaters can warm a room in a hurry. We eventually purchased five of these heaters in an effort to keep the house warm. This temporary fix did not help with our energy bill and we moved before we could have insulation installed.