Tag: comfort

Andy Ehlen: Making an Older Home a Better Place

“Enlisting the services of Enhabit was the smartest thing I did after buying an older home. My certified Enhabit contractor, Central Air, caught major things missed by my home inspection, from vermiculite to a heat duct that had separated, sending warm air not to mention countless dollars into the attic. Their work resulted in a… Read more

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

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

Types of Insulation and How They Are Used

The most appropriate type of insulation to use often depends on where it will be installed and when—during initial construction or after. Fiberglass-batt insulation is usually used for floors over crawlspaces, in exterior walls and sometimes in attics. It is sold in rolls and is just the right width to fit snugly between studs and… Read more

Sealing Air Leaks

Air leaks into and out of your house in many places: doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, fireplaces, and so on. The chart below shows the percentage of total air leakage that occurs through each path in a typical home. A “blower door” test can determine how leaky your home is.   A blower door test… Read more

Smaller Bills, Bigger Home

“My home actually feels bigger. It’s more livable now.” As a parent, Kristin Kelly’s number one priority is her children’s safety and comfort, especially in their own home. When a house is too cold or too hot, living space can be incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes even unbearable. Kristin and her family faced this problem in their… Read more

Eliza and Brad Kauder: ready for the long haul

Enhabit: Music to their ears…and eyes With kittens named Guitara, Banjo, Mandalyn and Fiddle, you could say Ashland homeowners Eliza and Brad Kauder are passionate about music. So hearing glass shatter instead of bluegrass was a serious wake-up call. One of the original floor-to-ceiling, double-pane windows in their 1980s ranch house had fallen out of… Read more

Sandy Bielen: total turnaround

Cute-as-a button, not buttoned up Sandy Bielen was on a mission to find a house in Hood River. After an exhaustive, yet unsuccessful five-year search, she and her husband Brook focused their sights on Rocky Road, which is just steps away from their kids’ elementary school and a nature trail. With two kids and a… Read more

The Lindbergs Earn Green by Going Green with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

An energy efficiency remodel adds real dollars to this home’s appraised value.