National Heating & Air

Joan and Brandon Booth own and operate Bodewell Bed & Breakfast in Petersburg, KY. The home, built in 1865, had many of the most common issues that large older residential buildings have. The Booth’s reached out to a BPI Home Performance Division Manager, Jonny Lang, after a recommendation from National Heating & Air since they were having a difficult time with keeping the Bed & Breakfast warm. They knew comfort was an important part of their business and many of the rooms throughout the home felt drafty and cold. Keeping the temperature consistent was difficult and the constantly fluctuating temperatures were causing unnecessarily high utility bills.

Energy Audit Results

National performed a whole house comfort evaluation of Bodewell B&B and discovered significantly degraded insulation from many years of air infiltration. They performed extensive duct testing which revealed that 4 rooms did not have any airflow at all through the supplies. Upon further investigation, using the Thermal Imaging camera and visual inspection of the crawlspace, National found that the supplies were not connected to the HVAC system. A previous job had likely been abandoned at some point when the system was replaced by another “chuck in a truck type company”.

Solutions

National was able to make significant upgrades without wasting time or unnecessary costs. They removed the existing degraded insulation, air sealed the attic spaces to prevent any future detrimental air infiltration. They repaired the balloon framed walls and then blew in R-60 fiberglass insulation. In order to keep the crawl space air from entering the home, National corrected the abandoned ductwork and made sure they were clean and clear. As a continuing effort to make the house more efficient, the Booths also decided to work with National to install a mini split heat pump system that will allow their guests to adjust the temperature in each room to their personal preference and consolidate heating only to the rooms that need it.

Project Outcome

After the air sealing and insulation work was done, Jonny performed a “test out” using a blower door to verify that the air infiltration was reduced in the home. The tests showed that the upgrades achieved a 41% reduction in the air moving through the home.

Testimonial

National Heating & Air

“We are Joan and Brandon Booth owners of a 150 year old home that we run as a bed and breakfast. After a significant cold spell in November 2014 we discovered that a few rooms in our house could not get above 50 degrees and the heat pump struggled to get up to our request of 65 degrees on the thermometer.  

We knew we needed professional support when the auxiliary heat was stuck on for 3 days straight. We called National Heating and Air based on a referral from a relative and Jonny came out the same day to assess our situation. He saw the seriousness of our situation and scheduled an audit.  In a timely manner, the gentlemen of National removed all the old insulation, foam sealed the attics and reapplied new insulation. They also went above the call of duty by removing other stuff in the attic (snake skins, old ductwork that was unattached and left to sit in the attic) in order to do the best job.  There were courteous, very mindful to keep our house clean (wearing booties, etc.), and communicative.  We are quite a distance from their company yet that didn’t keep them from applying every resource they felt needed (trucks and equipment) to complete the job.

Now, our house feels warmer and the space heaters we have in the rooms with heat do a much better job keeping rooms at at least 60 degrees. Though we are not finished, (we need those mini-splits) we are confident that once National completes their services for us we and our guests will comfortable in our home and we will see lower energy bills."

Petersburg, KY
National Heating & Air

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