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How to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

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Insulation Tips Before the Cold Weather Comes

There’s nothing like autumn—the leaves, a chill in the air. . .home maintenance. . .What? Yes, this is the time of year when you need to take extra care to ensure that your home is ready for the colder months ahead. You’ll not only keep you and your family comfortable, but you’ll save money, too!

Okay, so you’re ready to roll up your sleeves. Where to start? We recommend contacting professionals to do an energy audit of your home so you can make a plan for greater energy savings. An audit will tell you how much energy your home uses and where it’s losing energy.

If you want to make a checklist, we’ve provided some guidelines below.

An Energy Saving Checklist

  • Make sure your insulation is adequate in all areas of your home. For instance, check your ceiling insulation. Homeowners tend to focus on the walls, but insulating your ceiling to an R-value of R-38 could result in a 25% cost reduction on your heating bill.
  • Did you know that duct work is responsible for leaks that can significantly increase your energy costs? Get a reputable contractor to seal those ducts. Don’t stop at duct work, either. Check for other places where gaps can cause air leaks. Seal around recessed lights in ceilings and spaces behind closets and cupboards.
  • Did you know that fall is the perfect time to clean out your chimney and vent systems? When it comes to the fireplace, close it off if you’re not using it. Warm air will escape out through the chimney of a traditional fireplace. Close the damper when you’re not using it. If you aren’t going to use the fireplace at all, you can get a piece of insulation to block off the chimney. Make sure the insulation fits tightly in the chimney.
  • Add insulation to your attic. In older homes, this is a major source of heat loss. It’s best to go with spray foam insulation even if you already have fiberglass in your attic. Old dirty insulation can be removed and new clean spray foam insulation can be installed to provide a much better insulated space.
  • If you have single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double-pane storm windows for a 50% reduction in heat loss.
  • Insulate water pipes in places where the cold can get in.
  • Install insulation behind electrical outlets. Also check light switches and fixtures, where surprisingly, heat loss occurs.
  • Only heat the rooms you’ll be using during the colder months. Close doors to empty guest rooms and other places you won’t be using often.
  • Set ceiling fans to go clockwise to hold heat inside rooms and keep them warm when it’s cold outside.
  • It sounds obvious, but open the curtains and let the sun in.
  • Last but not least, set your thermostat as low as possible.

This fall, make sure your home is ready for the colder months ahead. If you have questions about how to insulate your home properly, keep checking our blog for more tips. When you’re ready to have insulation installed, contact the professionals at Superior Insulation Company for a consultation today.

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