Archive for the ‘attic insulation’ Category

A/C is not the only way to stay cool

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

When you think of summer we all think of hot sun outdoors and keeping our homes cool by running our air conditioners. Were there are other ways besides an air conditioner or fans to stay cool indoors. What people often ignore is the amount of attic insulation they have in their homes. That is understandable since the attic is a place we seldom go to, and is not a primary living space. However, if you do not have adequate attic insulation you may be paying more to keep your home cooler this summer.

Here is why, insulation helps to maintain uniform temperatures throughout your house. It keeps walls, ceilings and floors warmer. Over time insulation settles and does not provide the barrier it did when first installed. If you have gaps in your insulation then cold air and warm air will mix minimizing the effectiveness of your cooling system. During the summer heat transfers from outside  into your home so your cooling system works harder to remove that warm air.

The best way to know if you have sufficient attic insulation is to have a professional company like Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning come to your home and measure. The performance of insulation is measured by R – value, and every region of the United States has a recommend level of R-value depending on that regions climate. If you have an uncovered attic floor and your attic insulation is below the attic floor joist it is likely you do not have sufficient insulation.

Just as we mentioned when we started the whole point is to keep your home cool while saving money and attic insulation will help to reduce your cooling cost. This savings can be significant, plus keep in mind that through the end of 2010 the government is providing up to $1,500 in tax credits when you purchase attic insulation. In effect the attic insulation will not only save you money but also help pay for itself in the form of tax credits.

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Heat Loss – Symtoms and Solutions| Bridgeview, Blue Island, Plainfield

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

You may have seen it in your neighborhood or as you look at houses on your commute to work — Houses where the gutters are full of ice and large icicle formations.

Houses that are more prone to ice dams often have inadequate insulation or major leakage of warm air from the home into the attic. Studies show that on average, 40% of your heat loss is through the ceiling and out the roof.

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend much time in the attic. In fact, the vast majority of Americans only go up to their attics only when dealing with a leaky roof or “animal intruders” like bats, squirrels, or raccoons. When it comes to heating & cooling issues in your home, the attic should not be ignored. (more…)

Stay Warm and Save Money from Chicago to Joliet

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Want to know how to save some extra money this winter, take a look at these handy winter energy savings tips on ways to reduce the loss of heat that escapes from your home. This will keep your home warmer, the more heat that stays inside your walls, the more consistently warm your home will be, which will help limit your furnace turning on constantly. Try these tips at home: (more…)

Energy Efficiency Is Good For Everyone

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Many of the things we do to become more energy efficient are helpful in more ways than just saving money. In this article we’ll take a look at a few reasons why Energy Efficiency Is Good For Everyone. Lots of Americans are focused on keeping their bodies and healthy but also doing things that contribute to a healthy planet.  We strive to do little things like walk more and drive less which help us stay healthy and reduce energy consumption. In our homes there are things that we can do to that will keep us healthy and save money.

One of the things that contributes to energy efficiency and health is a furnace cleaning. Having your furnace cleaned will provide you with an inspection that will ensure your heating system runs well, you can avoid potential breakdowns and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home.  A furnace cleaning will help your system run more efficiently helping you to reduce heating bills. In addition, properly insulating your home whether it’s attic insulation or just putting plastic over your windows will help eliminate drafts. These are all steps that will keep your family warm, safe and save energy and money. Your local HVAC company can assist you most of these items.