Energy Saving Tip: Attic Insulation

Energy Saving Tip: Attic Insulation – If you’re looking for your next home improvement project and want to do something sensible that has immediate returns on your investment, consider installing or upgrading your insulation. More than any other place in the home, quality insulation in the attic promises to give you the most benefits. Studies show that most homes will pay for the cost of installing attic insulation within 3-6 years. It may not sound sexy, but attic insulation is one of best functional home improvement projects out there.

Insulating an Attic from the Heat and the Cold

More heat is lost through poor attic insulation than from any other place in your home. If you think about it, it makes sense. Heat rises and when it rises through your home, it ends up leaking through the attic. On the other hand, many attics are the farthest place in the home from the central air conditioning and can be the hottest room in the house. Thus, attics need to be insulated from the heat and the cold. Whether you’re trying to improve the energy-efficiency of your home or make your attic space comfortable, attic insulation is almost universally a great idea.

Attic Insulation Installation

Blown cellulose or fiberglass insulation tend to be the insulating materials of choice in most areas of the home, and the attic is no different. This especially holds true when laying new insulation over the old. If you have an older home, you’ll need to make sure there’s no asbestos in your old attic insulation. (If in doubt about asbestos, consult with an insulation contractor for advice.)

Blown insulation generally covers better in an existing house and is more economical.  Naturally, the cost of installing attic insulation varies greatly depending on your situation. Current insulating values, desired insulating values, size of your home, attic accessibility, and other local factors will all influence the total cost.

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Picture: Recent Energy Saving Attic Insulation project performed by Grogg’s Home Services

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10 Steps That’ll Prolong Your HVAC Life

10 Steps That’ll Prolong Your HVAC Life

It’s a good idea to hire an HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspecting and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is a bit more challenging for the average homeowner.

But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this simple maintenance plan:

HVAC Maintenance Checklist

1. Buy a better filter if you haven’t already. The new high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles — even those that carry bacteria.

2. Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.

3. Make sure there are at least two feet of clearance around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps.

4. Remove debris, such as leaves, pollen, and twigs weekly during spring, summer, and fall from top and sides of outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps. Don’t allow the lawn mower to discharge grass clippings onto the unit.

5. Monthly, inspect insulation on refrigerant lines leading into the house. Replace if missing or damaged.

6. Make sure the unit is level. Annually, ensure that outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps are on firm and level ground or pads.

7. Stave off clogs. Annually, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the air-conditioner condensate drain to prevent the buildup of mold and algae, which can cause a clog.

8. Shut off the water supply to the furnace humidifier in summer. In fall (or when you anticipate turning on the heat), replace the humidifier wick filter, set the humidistat to between 35% and 40% relative humidity, and turn on the water supply.

9. Never close more than 20% of a home’s registers to avoid placing unnecessary strain on the HVAC system.

10. Replace the battery in your home’s carbon monoxide detector annually.

Window Replacement is a Job for Pros

Of all the mistakes homeowners might inadvertently make when undertaking a replacement window project, trying to do the actual project as a DIY job might be the worst! No matter how handy you might be, or how much you want to save a few dollars, leaving window replacement to the professionals is worth every dollar.

Why Window Replacement Shouldn’t be DIYed

Installing windows properly is often more complex than it might seem at first glance. It is not a matter of just taking out the old window and dropping the replacement window in. For a proper replacement job, the installer has to consider many factors. This includes the way that the window fits into the casing and how it works with the existing window cutout in your home’s exterior. Oftentimes it needs to be custom adjusted to the various angles and unique structures of your home.

Think about this all too common scenario. You have realized that you need replacement windows because yours are not doing a good job of leaving moisture outside where it belongs. You take the old windows out and find serious problems with rotting frames, mold, or more. It’s a tall order for a DIYer to fix. You may end up paying more for an emergency job.

Even if your replacement job is fairly straightforward, it is still something that takes quite a bit of time. Window installers have handled many projects and have the expertise and skill to install efficiently yet effectively. They also often work in teams, so windows go up faster, smoothly and seamlessly. Your time is worth hiring out!

The windows we offer are energy efficient, with additional optional features like soundproofing. These benefits are all part of the construction of the window, and the proper installation of each window and frame. If something is not installed correctly, the window cannot be fully effective. This may entirely defeat the purpose of your replacement job.

If you are DIYing, odds are you will inevitably get something wrong. Which means ultimately you will find that your window isn’t doing what it was advertised to do. But when you have a professional installer come in to hang all of your replacement windows, you can rest assured that each and every piece is in the right place, designed to work as it should.

Your windows are an investment, and that investment comes with a warranty. To take advantage of the warranty, designed to protect the value of your window products, you have to adhere to the requirements. Oftentimes, installing one’s own windows incorrectly may void the warranty. So if something ultimately happens to impact the integrity of your replacement windows, you can’t access the warranty for help. Making the wrong move can be a lot more costly than bringing in the experts from the start.

There are many ways that a window replacement DIY project can go wrong. So, how can you get it right? It’s all about finding a great installer to make your window replacement run smoothly.

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Grogg’s donated, installed AC and Furnace at House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Grogg’s donated and installed new heating and air conditioning systems Friday at House to Home.

“We haven’t had air conditioning this year,” said Jessy Towner, director of operations at House to Home on Eighth Street in Parkersburg. “It was 91 degrees inside the house the other day. It was miserable.”

The home serves 40-45 people daily, most coming from evening shelters such as the Salvation Army and the Latrobe Street Mission. This week the home has averaged about 50 people checking in, and as more people come into the house and use laundry and shower facilities, the temperature rises.

“The numbers have not gone down,” she said. Towner and other employees brought in fans to help circulate air, but officials were working to find a more permanent solution. Replacements and repairs were estimated at several thousand dollars, Towner said.

“We have to do what we have to do,” she said.

In 2014, Grogg’s donated and installed a new coil in the house’s air conditioning system. Grogg’s owner Tim Hanlon said Friday the old air conditioning unit was now “beyond repair,” and when he spoke to Towner about purchasing a new system, he and his wife and co-owner Carma Hanlon decided to donate the units instead.

Tim Hanlon said by installing a new system, House to Home would have a 10-year warranty on parts and maintenance.

“That’ll save them some money in their budget,” he said.

The new units were installed Friday, and Tim Hanlon said there was no cost to House to Home for the units or installation.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said. “We’ve had a string of good years. It’s a way to give back to those less fortunate than us.”

Credit: Michael Erb, Reporter, News and Sentinel merb@newsandsentinel.com

http://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/local-news/2018/07/groggs-donates-installs-ac-and-furnace-at-house-to-home/

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In 1996, Tim Hanlon and his wife, Carma, took a leap of faith in purchasing Grogg’s Home Services, a heating-and-air-conditioning business founded by her father, Leon Grogg. Operating first out of their home, Tim learned the trade while working a second job, and Carma juggled phone calls and scheduling with raising their children. They dispatched service calls from their kitchen, and on one occasion, the neighbor’s dog stole a pair of their employee’s work boots off the porch. “He had to get to the job, so I gave him $50 to buy a pair of boots on his way to the customer’s house,” Tim recalls. Their hard work and philosophy of exceeding expectations have made Grogg’s Home Services a success.

The company has been online since 2006. While Tim admits he resisted technology at first, “eventually, I became the driving force behind totally getting out of the yellow pages,” he shares. Today AdWords, Google’s advertising program, accounts for 80 percent of their online sales, according to Director of Finance and IT Adam McDowell. They use insights from Google Analytics to optimize their ad campaigns, improve web traffic, and keep customers engaged. The Internet has allowed the company to expand their service area from West Virginia into Ohio, and informs customers about new service offerings. “Online advertising has helped us reach further than what typical print media will allow us to reach,” says Adam. “And having that online presence to say we now provide these other services has been huge.”

Grogg’s Home Services has long since outgrown the Hanlons’ kitchen, adding a Clarksburg branch to their location in Parkersburg. They service nearly 10,000 customers a year, and have expanded into electrical, plumbing, and other services. Despite their growth, Adam says, “Grogg’s is still very much a family environment.” They offer extensive training—75 to 100 hours a year—to their employees. “We invest in them because we want them to stay here, and to have the tools they need to be successful,” he explains. They also give back to the community by donating to charities and supporting local families in need. “We always try to do the right thing, even if it costs us money to do so,” Tim says, which has earned Grogg’s a reputation for providing reliable, quality service, and for doing right by customers and employees alike.

Oldest Furnace Contest Winners!

Congratulations to…

Joe Barker of Bridgeport & Mary Daniel of Parkersburg

 These individuals are the lucky winners of a new high efficient gas furnace with free installation! Both in service nearly 60 years. One winner was so happy that they went ahead and purchased an air conditioner! We want to thank everyone who entered the contest and good luck next time. Oh, I do want to mention we have a special furnace price of $2399 (including installation) from now until the end of March if you don’t want to wait. Happy shopping but remember the Reason for the Season, Merry Christmas!

 

 

Furnace working in overdrive?

Cold weather has officially arrived! Your furnace will begin working extremely hard to keep you and your family comfortable and safe this winter. One piece of advice that unfortunately many people don’t heed is this. As soon as you spot a potential issue with your system, schedule a service call. Many people tend to wait until the problem completely disables their furnace before they give us a call. Quite often that is in the middle of the night or during our peak service times when the wait times can be rather long.

The moment your system starts making that strange noise, that weird light starts flashing, or you smell something that doesn’t seem normal, call us! We should be able to get there quickly and possibly even save you some stress and money on a less expensive repair.

 

Is your furnace high-efficient?

The best way to tell if your furnace is a high-efficiency model or not is to take a look at the vent. If it is a metal vent, chances are it is NOT high efficiency. High-efficiency furnaces exhaust with minimal heat that they actually vent with PVC plastic pipe. All of the heat that used to exit your home via that old metal pipe now gets to stay in the house and keep you and your family warm and cozy. We actually are running a great furnace special right now as a matter of fact. You can have a new, state of the art, high-efficiency furnace completely installed for as low as $29.99 per month. The new furnace may save you more than that on your monthly gas bill. Call us or visit http://ghacwv.com/quote-request for a free in-home visit from one of our comfort consultants.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you don’t have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, GET THEM! This is not something that can be put off along with cleaning out that junk drawer. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save numerous lives every year. Keep in mind:

  • Detectors have a life span. (usually five to seven years)
  • The batteries need to be changed twice per year
  • Should be on every level of the home & near where you sleep
  • Never ignore it if it goes off
  • Test detectors weekly
  • Clean dust and debris off your detectors regularly

We offer a full line of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and monitors. If you would like price and installation information give us a call.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winterize Your Home

Here are some winter home preparation tips that could prevent a plumbing disaster when the temperatures start plummeting.

1. Remove all your garden hoses from spigots and store away
2. Shut off water to outside spigots where possible
3. Close crawl space foundation vents
4. Seal air leaks at the perimeter of your home
5. Check the condition of your insulation and weather-stripping
6. Check the condition of all pipe insulation
7. Plug in your heat tape and make sure it is functional

This list is by no means all-inclusive but it is a great place to start. Also, test all Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors. Replace their batteries and remember that if the detector is older than five years, chances are you need to throw it away and get yourself a new one.