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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