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   But another type of brick home uses larger “structural” brick, and the masonry is the wall structure. We don’t see structural brick homes too often, and they have minimal or no insulation in the wall itself. However, the brick provides a thermal mass, similar to concrete block homes, that slowly absorbs the heat during the day and releases it at night, smoothing out the temperature changes.

   Because the walls are only one part of the insulation envelope that makes a home energy-efficient to air condition on hot days, the amount of insulation in the attic and whether the windows and sliding glass doors have insulated glass will also affect the overall comfort level of a brick home on hot summer days.

   Your home inspector can tell you if the brick home you are considering is wood stud framed or structural brick, and the level of other insulation provided. 

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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