Should you be planning for the winter now?

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We know it’s August and winter seems far away, but with energy costs remaining high, it pays to plan ahead for the coming heating season. We know you’re stressed about the energy bills we already have now and don’t want you to be stressed about heating costs this winter.

You can get ready now to ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible so you can save on those high heating bills. Look at areas around your home where cold air might get in, such as windows, skylights, ductwork and external doors to see if there are any drafts. Installing insulation can help stop those drafts.

It’s most important to explore your attic for drafts and also signs of water coming in that could create ice dams. Is the attic insulated at all? If so, the insulation may be old and no longer effective. Old insulation can also become infested with insects and grow moldy due to moisture build-up. If your attic is where your HVAC system is located, you want to ensure it’s well-insulated so the heating and cooling are inside the envelope (or “conditioned” space) of the home and not outside.

Sealing your attic is most critical when it comes to truly enhancing the energy-efficiency of your home. If you step into your attic right now and find it stiflingly hot, that means your HVAC system’s ductwork is going through that 100+ degree attic as it tries to cool your home. In the winter, when the attic is 30 degrees, your HVAC will be trying to produce warm air that will be cooled by the outdoor temps before it reaches the interior of your home.

Your heating system will constantly run, adding substantially to your energy costs. Whether summer or winter, if your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard, you not only save on energy but also double its lifespan.

Learn more about removing drafts, increasing the comfort of your home and reducing energy costs.

Don’t wait to find out how high your heating costs will be this winter. Stay ahead of the game by making sure you have sufficient insulation!

Hot Tip:

A Hot Roof installation will not only keep your home toasty warm but will also help cut your energy usage and bills by an average of 50% or more! This, in turn, prolongs the life of your HVAC equipment because it doesn’t have to work so hard all the time.

Cool Fact:

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper, therefore it is a natural product! It’s not only greener and healthier but also fire, insect and mold-resistant!