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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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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.

Is your HVAC system all Electric?

If your home is all electric and you heat your home with a heat pump, we have something that may be of interest to you. One of our manufactures has introduced an incredible new heat pump system. This unit uses a special type of inverter compressor technology that can produce incredible amounts of heat in amazingly cold temperatures. This system operates very well even when the temperature drops into the single digits. If you heat with electric then you know that when the auxiliary heat (heat strip) kicks on, your electric bill kicks way up with it. This new heat pump can keep that auxiliary heat strip off much longer saving you a ton of money. This new heat pump can also be paired with a gas furnace which can save you big money on your gas bill too.

Give us a call or click here to schedule a free in-home consultation or more information about this incredible system.

Ceiling Fans

During the summer months a ceiling fan should be blowing straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help cool you off via a wind chill effect. Fan speed should be on medium or high.

During the winter months the fan speed should be set to low and reversed (blades turning clockwise) to help draw room air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air out and down.

A ceiling fan is just like a light, it won’t do you much good if you are not in the room so make sure you turn it off if you are leaving the room for any length of time.

Excess Humidity

Moisture and excess humidity in your home can cause irreversible damage to your home, and even worse may put your health at risk. We have a solution! Our dehumidifier will drastically outperform the ones you buy in the store. On average ours removes 2 ½ more gallons of water per day than the average portable. When you control the humidity in your home you will feel cooler allowing you to raise the temperature inside your home by a degree or two which can save you money on the electric bill as well.

 One of the best things you can do for your and your home’s health is to control the indoor humidity.

A/C Efficiency

The performance of the air conditioner depends on efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner’s performance and efficiency and even affect its service life. Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.

Stay Comfortable this Summer

The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)

  1. Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
  2. Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
  3. Turn off the lights when leaving the room
  4. Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
  5. Change your filter
  6. Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
  7. Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
  8. Wear light clothing around the house
  9. Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
  10. Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation

A/C Run Times

Now that it’s hotter outside, it’s normal for a central air conditioner to run without cycling on and off as often. Also, running with fewer cycles (turning on and off) is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, running longer can be positive because it:  Helps dehumidify your home, and can decrease wear and tear on your system from less starting and stopping. Ask yourself this: Are you staying comfortable? (home is reaching thermostat temp on very hot days and airflow from vents is normal) Are your energy bills about the same as they were last year? If you answered yes to these, there’s probably not a problem.