How to Fix Poor Insulation Performance of Cape Cod House?

We all know that the Cape Cod House Style originated in New England in the 17th century. It is a single-story concept house with a living room, dining room, kitchen, and single bedroom. However, with time, the design and concept of the Cape Cod House Style have evolved. Though a Cape Cod house looks pleasant and restful regarding insulation, it does not possess a good performance.

Originally the Cape Cod houses were developed near the sea. Ironically, they face the chilled ocean breeze and still perform poorly in keeping the house warm from the inside. The architecture of Cape Cod Houses is widespread throughout the nation and still possesses similar heating and cooling issues. Here we have jotted down the common insulation problems and adequate solutions to fix this.

Big and beautiful summer house in the village

Common Insulation Problems in Cape Cod Houses – 

  • Initially, when the Cape Cod Houses were built, there was no need for insulation. They were constructed between the 1920s and 1950s. At that time, the cost of oil was very low, so it simply means that heating a home was quite affordable. So as a result of this, people did not think there was a need for expensive insulation in their homes.
  • The improper distribution of heat throughout the house. One of the main factors behind it was the cheap pricing of heating and construction. Moreover, the second floor of the Cape Cod house hasn’t any heating pipe. All the hot water pipes are located outside the outer walls, which is one of the ways to lose heat.
  • The knee wall supports the second floor. It is a very small wall, typically less than 3 feet tall. The main problem with it is the area behind the wall. The open space behind the wall allows the air to enter and exit freely, frequently resulting in no insulation.  

Adequate Solutions to Fix Insulation Problems in Cape Cod House – 

  • Insulation is used to create an air seal to address these issues with comfort and energy efficiency. Foam insulation is the only substance that can completely block off the air.
  • Most of the air leakage in a Cape Cod home may be reduced by insulating the space behind the knee wall. In rare instances, homes have been built with sufficient insulation in every region but the knee wall gap. Although simply insulating this area might have a significant impact, it’s crucial to seal off the building shell completely.
  •  Creating the air seal on the Cape Cod house from bottom to top using spray and injection foam.

Conclusion –  

Cape Cod houses are beautiful and famous, but they can be challenging to keep warm in the winter. This is because they have a lot of gaps and cracks that allow the heat to escape. But don’t worry, some simple solutions can fix this problem. The most important thing is to create an air seal with insulation. You can do this by installing extensive add-on insulation or by using spray foam insulation. If you have a basement, you can also insulate the floor and the walls.

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