Archive for the ‘attic insulation’ Category

Your Home’s Winter Coat | Evanston, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Have you ever stepped outside on a cold winter day without a jacket on? Even the short trip to grab the morning paper from the driveway can remove all of the heat from your body, and soon you are shivering as you bolt back to the comfort of your well heated home. The effect that the cold has on your body is very similar to the effect that it has on an un-insulated home. Insulation is like a winter coat for your home, and when it is lacking, your home will lose heat very easily. This is a problem that affects your home year round, but there is something you can do about it.

Heat Flow

Heat naturally flows from a warm area to a cold area. So, during the winter, heat flows from the warm interior of your home to the chilled outdoors. Insulation is able to decrease this by creating a resistance to heat flow. This is very similar to how your winter coat will create a resistance to heat flow between your body and the outer temperatures. If your coat has a high heat flow resistance, you will stay warmer for longer. The same principal applies to your home, and unfortunately, many homes do not have enough insulation to effectively resist the loss of heat to the outdoors. The end result is high heating bills because the heat the furnace is creating is being pulled to the outdoors. Stopping this heat flow will save you big bucks and take a load off of the furnace. (more…)

Insulation: Batts vs. Blown-In | Evanston, Plainfield, Downers Grove

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

You have heard Four Seasons talk about how important it is to have a properly insulated home, and we often put special emphasis on the attic space. This is the area of the home where insulating will have the greatest impact on your comfort and your energy bills. Here at Four Seasons, we use blown-in fiberglass insulation for all of our insulation services. If you have never added insulation to your attic, chances are, the builder installed “batts” of fiberglass insulation. Over time, the batts have settled, and its costing you big bucks year-round on your energy bills. Four Seasons uses a different style of fiberglass insulation because it solves the problems that old batts leave behind.

The Problem with Batts

Batts of fiberglass insulation come in the form of giant rolls, and they are laid out and then stuffed between the floor joists in the attic. With proper insulation, this style of insulation can be effective initially, but any gaps between the joists will only get worse with time. The effectiveness of the material, or the r-value, is diminished as the insulation settles and as more gaps are formed. The barrier created by the insulation is ineffective when it is full of leaks. You could install another layer of batts, but you would still end up with the same problem all over again in a matter of years. Wouldn’t you want to solve the problem for good? (more…)

Attic Insulation Scams 101| Midlothian, Homewood, Worth

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The home improvement contracting industry is one of the most popular industries for scam artists to target. This isn’t new information for most people, but there is one service in this industry that is often exploited that many consumers may not know about. We are talking about attic insulation services, and the scam artists that abuse this industry have worked up some very sneaky tactics to maximize their profits and minimize services. It is the illegitimate contractors and companies that perform these devious practices that make it so hard for consumers to find a company that they can really trust. Four Seasons wants to help you choose wisely, so here we have pointed out some of the tactics used by fraudulent companies. (more…)

Bundle Up! We are in for a Cold One| Evanston, Maywood, Burbank

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Last winter in Chicago, we got lucky. As the east coast was plummeted by several feet of snow, we enjoyed a rather mild winter. Yes, we still had the typical ice cold winds and snowfall, but if you have lived in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs for a while you have seen much worse. Unfortunately, this winter has been predicted to be a bad one. AccuWeather.com has predicted that Chicago will experience “above-normal” snowfall. When you consider the fact that Chicago averages 38 inches of snowfall a year, you can only imagine what “above-normal” is going to be like.  So, how are you going to prepare your home and your family?

Winter Preparedness

Your home needs to be the safest place for your family to seek shelter during the upcoming winter. Part of making your home safe is ensuring that you have functional heating equipment in the home. Whether you have a furnace or a boiler now is a good time to have Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning out for an inspection. Have us look over the system and perform a yearly maintenance tune-up before you start relying on the unit on a day to day basis. (more…)