Category: Air Sealing and Insulation

Add New Life to Older Homes

Upgrading and weatherizing an old house can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? Do you tackle windows first or begin by insulating the attic? Are you prepared for an earthquake or even just allergy season? Whom do you consult? What tasks can you do on your own? Why older homes? State of Oregon… Read more

Professor Schooled in Energy Efficiency

A Drafty, Cold Home As a Black Studies professor at Portland State University and producer of the film Sista in the Brotherhood based on her experience as a construction worker, Roberta Hunte is a woman of many trades. Despite being well-versed in many fields, she did not know that her home was unreasonably cold. “I… Read more

From Drafty to Dreamy: 1925 Home Gets Modern Comforts

Love at First Sight For Amy Ruiz and her partner, Sonia, they fell in love with their 1925 Northeast Portland at first sight. “We looked through the windows and fell in love with this home,” Amy says, “It was a little bit over our budget but we just fell in love with all the built-ins… Read more

Beat the Heat: 8 Ways to Keep it Cool without Air Conditioning

Although the heat hits us hard for a few weeks in summer, many homeowners don’t want the expense of an AC system used only for a few months out of the year. DON’T SWEAT IT! GET ON THE PATH TO A COOLER HOME WITH A NO-OBLIGATION HOME ASSESSMENT. Luckily, there are ways to beat the… Read more

A Healthier Home for the Long Haul

Enhabit homeowner Susan Argintar’s philosophy when it comes to house hunting? “You’ll know it when you feel it—that’s it!” After looking at nearly 50 homes with her partner Jonathan, they knew they had found “the one” the moment they stepped into a ranch-style house nestled on a quiet street in the Cully Neighborhood of NE… Read more

Saving the Earth, One Footprint at a Time

“I make earth-friendly choices with anything I change or upgrade, and Enhabit ties into that interest.” Joyce Kindschuh loves where she lives in a walkable Northeast Portland neighborhood: “We’re just a few blocks away from Alberta shops and Alameda school is just down the hill. It’s an excellent neighborhood for walking, a lot of beautiful… Read more

The Road from Rental to Homeownership

New Baby, New Home  Motivated by the impending arrival of their firstborn son Kofi and rising rental costs, Ty Schwoeffermann and his wife Cimone began house hunting in 2014. “We wanted to get out of this cycle of being renters,” Ty says, “Our last rent hike was $300.” A native Portlander, Ty wanted an older… Read more

Old Carpet Out, Energy Efficiency In

The first thing that catches your eye in Mickey Lee’s home are the beautiful, Middle Eastern archways in the living room and hallway – some of the charming details that originally drew Mickey to this 1912 home. These details allowed her overlook the inadequate gas furnace and ugly carpet in her purchase decision, though not… Read more

Home Energy Efficiency ‘Don’ts’

Wondering which route to go first with home energy efficiency upgrades? Here’s some advice: Fix the leaks first. Adding insulation to your attic and crawl spaces saves money and makes your home more comfortable, but it won’t do much good if you don’t seal up places where air and moisture can leak in and out… Read more

Portland Homeowner Shares the Steps to an Enhabit Home

Portland, Oregon homeowner Laura Parisi finds peace of mind in a home with the whole package: energy efficiency, solar panels, and a seismic retrofit—all thanks to Enhabit. The cape cod home nestled in a North Portland neighborhood was built in 1943—a rarity, as not many homes were built during World War II. It was a… Read more