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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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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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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.

 

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.

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Fuses and Circuit Breakers

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.

Five things you never put down the garbage disposal

  1. Grease, Oil, or Fat

Oil, grease, and hot, liquid fats shouldn’t even go down your drain much less your garbage disposal. When hot oils cool down, they harden and solidify in your drain.

  1. Starchy, Stringy Vegetables

Celery, rhubarb, asparagus, artichokes, chard, kale, lettuce, potato peels, and other stringy, fibrous, starchy veggies. They aren’t easily broken down and can wrap around and plug your disposal.

  1. Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice expand when they come in contact with water. This either causes clogs or fills up your disposal trap.

  1. Coffee Grounds

They seem to go down perfectly fine, and many people swear that coffee grounds can help your drain stay clean. But they can bind together and cause damage and plug your drain. Instead add your coffee grounds to the compost or sprinkle it around your garden. Coffee stimulates your plants and repels slugs, ants, and other pests.

  1. Paper Garbage

Contrary to the name, don’t throw garbage down the garbage disposal. That includes scraps of paper, paper towels, cotton balls, wipes, and scrub pads.

Change Your Filter

As a homeowner you should always make sure the filter is regularly changed. When you purchase a filter, the manufacturer’s instructions include a recommendation for how often it should be changed. Filters can become clogged much sooner than that recommendation depending on factors in the home, such as excessive dust, pet hair, or cigarette smoke. Keep an eye on the filter and change it when it appears to be clogged or dirty, even if it’s before the recommended date. And remember to always aim the arrow on your filter at the furnace.

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.

Three Reasons a Breaker Trips

A breaker that keeps tripping is usually caused by one of three things.  The first reason could be there are too many electrical items plugged into the circuit.  Circuits are designed to only handle so much electric demand.  The second reason is there could be a short in the wiring, or the third reason is the breaker or fuse could be faulty.  It is recommended that an electrician evaluate the problem to make sure there are no safety issues.  Your electrician can also talk with you about adding more circuits to your home so that your electrical system can support all your needs.

 Don’t take chances with your home’s electricity. Electrical issues are one of the top causes of house fires. Don’t just keep resetting that breaker! It might be trying to tell you something.

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.