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Indications your Insulation may be Lacking

There are many signs to look for your home may have an excessively leaky attic or basement. When your home is drafty, it could lead to an entire host of issues     in addition to higher energy bills and an overworked furnace. Depending on the source of the draft, this could include anything from leaks to rot and black mold.

You will want to definitely consult a professional if;
-You have drafty rooms (may be more than old windows)
-Ineffective heating or cooling with constant furnace/AC running
-Cold floors
-Dusty rooms (an indication of leaky ducts)
-Rotting wood and black mold, especially where lines and pipes may punch through an outside wall
-Excessive energy bills

The best way to address draft issues is having professional evaluate your individual situation. Drafty attics are common thanks to all the piping and wiring that punches through walls and insulation. Spray foam insulation is the best option in the market today, as oppose to traditional fiberglass insulation. The newer spray foam option is optimal for snuggly and effectively plugging leaks and protecting your home from the elements.

 

Fighting the Elements & Energy Costs

As you know, keeping the cold air out and the hot air in is the name of the game for saving on your energy bill throughout the winter months. There are a few simple steps you can take to make all the difference when it comes to cost savings from when the frost hits pumpkin until the birds are chirping.

Thermostat

Did you know you can effectively condition your thermostat to save money? Adjusting your thermostat 10-15 degrees cooler when you’re at work and when you’re sleeping and you could cut the cost of your energy bill by as much as 25%. There are modern, electronic based options you can pick up for less than $100 which will automatically adjust the temperature in your home.

Windows

Holes are literally gigantic holes in your walls. Updating windows with double-pane thermal models arrest the heat transfer with the dead-air between the two panes. They also take advantage of free solar heating during chilly weather. This heat conduction from the sun, along with the extra element of insulation, combines to cut your energy costs by over 30%.

Insulation

Quite possibly the most important element to cutting your energy bill, checking your insulation annually could save you hundreds. Acting effectively as a force field from the elements, attic and wall insulation cuts heat transfer from the inside and outside. And now with spray foam insulation, it is effective as ever. Remember attics in the winter are where most of your energy costs can be traced, so focus on the insulation up there first. Sound, airtight insulation can save you up to 40% on your energy costs.

Air Seal Attic Penetrations

This photo is from a recent inspection. You can see where a gas line penetrates a wall top-plate. It is a 1 inch hole with a 1/2 inch pipe, leaving a nice air gap. An air gap like this allows air exchange between the wall cavity and attic reducing indoor air quality and wasting energy. You can also see where fiberglass insulation is missing exposing the sheetrock to the heat and cold of the attic.

Illegal Wiring

 

Just about every attic insulation job uncovers some illegal wiring. Often ceiling fans or other things have been installed and the wiring is improperly assembled. In other cases someone forgot to replace the lid on a junction box. We usually include these small repairs without extra charge.

 

 

 

 

Rats Chew Holes in Air Duct

You would be surprised how often we see a holes chewed into the HVAC ducting by rodents. This is something you would definitely want to have fixed. If rats have been inside your ducting we recommend it be removed and replaced.