Cape Cod homes are common throughout South Central Pennsylvania, and for good reasons. Originating in New England during the 17th century, Cape Cod style buildings are typically only a story and a half in height and tend to feature a moderately steep roof design. Cape Cod construction creates unique challenges in providing energy efficient living space and are often drafty and uncomfortable. Bonus rooms above the garage are also a common feature in our homes and present similar challenges as Cape Cod homes.
More often than not, the problem stems from a lack of effective air sealing and properly aligned pressure and thermal boundaries.
In most homes, the garage is considered to be an unconditioned space. It's where we park our cars, and it's also an area where we tend to store chemicals that can emit toxic fumes. Naturally, it makes the most sense to ensure that this area is separated from our living spaces—especially the bonus room that sits above it. While air sealing plays a huge role in this, so too does insulation.
Insulating a Cape Cod or bonus room not only helps to ensure that fumes don't enter the living space, but it will also make it much easier to efficiently heat and cool the room. If you're used to experiencing temperature swings and drafts in your bonus room, insulation and air sealing is the winning combination you're looking for.
We work on Cape Cod homes and above-garage bonus rooms all the time here at Energy Smart Home Improvement and have seen firsthand just how much of an impact insulation and air sealing can have. Our team of BPI-certified building science experts can help to make your home more comfortable, save you money on your energy bills and ensure that indoor air quality issues don't threaten the health and safety of you and your family.