Archive for the ‘attic insulation’ Category

Should I Insulate My Home? | Harvey, Tinley Park, Olympia Fields

Monday, August 18th, 2014

You should insulate your home when the following occurs:

>You have an older home and haven’t added insulation. Consider that only 20% of homes built before 1980s are well insulated.

>The distribution of heat in your home is uneven, cold zones in the winter or hot zones in the summer. Adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort by evenly covering your attic across all areas of your home. It is not uncommon to find settling of material if your current attic insulation is more than 15 years old. (more…)

More Services, More Choices| Oak Forest, Orland Park, Bridgeview

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Don’t forget that Four Seasons now offers so many more services than repairing and installing furnaces and air conditioners!  The duct cleaning and blown in insulation divisions are in full swing and can accommodate anybody looking for either of these procedures with a very quick turn around time.  The demand for these services just keeps getting higher and Four Seasons loves to provide customers with what they really want and need.  (more…)

New HVAC System? Get Your Ducts Cleaned! Joliet, Plainfield, Aurora

Friday, August 1st, 2014

If you have a forced-air HVAC system, like most Chicagoans do, you have an intricate maze of ductwork which connects each of your rooms to your furnace. This maze is usually hidden behind your walls, under your floors and above your ceilings, and is usually as old as your home. There are two types of ducts: returns and supplies. Supply ducts do exactly what their name implies – they supply heating and cooling to each room through registers that are connected to the end of them. Return ducts are less familiar to the average consumer. As supply ducts blow air into your home, return ducts inhale airborne dust, allergens, bacteria, etc. and pull it into your furnace. Most filters used today are not capable of trapping all of this dust and debris, so they are continually recycled through your home. (more…)

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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