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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because they operate on an as needed basis, a Tankless Hot Water Heater can use up to 40% less energy than a traditional hot water heater, which can save you a significant amount on your utility bills. Another great benefit is the endless supply of hot water provided by this system. Once it starts making hot water it doesn’t stop making it until you turn off the faucet. So, if you thought the only way to stop running out of hot water was to sell the children, think again. A tankless hot water heater may very well be the answer to your hot water problems.
Our quotes are always free so give us a call or schedule an in-home quote 24 hours a day here.
Fuses and circuit breakers both essentially perform the same function: they prevent short-circuit or overload by disrupting (or breaking) electrical currents that channel to any connected devices. Fuses, however, are one-time use. When they detect that a current is running at too high of a level, the fuse will melt, interrupting the flow of electricity. Circuit breakers simply have to be reset.
While there’s nothing particularly wrong with fuses, they are outdated; designed for an age when homes didn’t have so many things plugged into the electrical outlets. These days, fuses can actually pose a fire hazard, and many insurance companies will actually refuse to insure homes that still use fuses. If your home has a fuse panel you may want to consider an electric panel. We now offer a full line of electrical services and would love to provide you with a free in-home quote.
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.
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.
The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)
- Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
- Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
- Turn off the lights when leaving the room
- Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
- Change your filter
- Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
- Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
- Wear light clothing around the house
- Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
- Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation