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Insulation is one of those things that homeowners tend to forget about shortly after moving into a new home. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as the old adage goes. Yet inside your attic and within your walls, your insulation could be settling or accumulating mold, becoming less and less effective at keeping your home comfortable. How can you know it’s time to replace your insulation when you can’t always see it?
Have you considered insulating your home? Home insulation has many excellent benefits beyond boosting your home's comfort. Watch this short video to find out more!
Ice dams are a common issue during the winter here in Illinois. More than a mere nuisance, ice dams are a sign of a larger problem in your home. If you had ice dams last year and have not taken action to prevent them, you’re going to have them again this winter, next winter, and the winter after that. Rather than letting your roof and attic become susceptible to water damage, it’s important to break the cycle by addressing the root of the problem.
There are a lot of things Illinois homeowners can do to button up their homes for the winter. Few of them pack more power than the combination of a home energy audit, air sealing and insulation.
A blower door test is used during an energy audit, and is able to locate air leaks by attaching a fan to a doorway to depressurize the house.
When you’ve got many families living under the same roof and sharing walls, you’re open to a host of unhappy complaints from tenants. No one wants to listen to their neighbor’s favorite television show every evening. And no one wants every word said in private to be overheard by those neighbors, either.
If your home seems impossible to heat and your utility bills are too high, you’ve got a problem shared by thousands of Illinois homeowners: an energy thief. Trying to determine where that thief is without the proper tools and experience is like trying to figure out who egged your house last Halloween without an eye witnesses or a clue. You can spend a lot of time and money looking in the wrong places and still not find the answers.
With temperatures progressively cooling off, you have to let go of your warm weather essentials and begin to pull out those sweaters, coats, and warm socks that have been hidden away for the past few months. Otherwise, you might quickly experience the discomfort of a cold wind blowing down your collar or toes that don’t seem to warm up for hours after venturing outside.
The short answer: it depends. Due to their economical construction, which can minimize some of the steps associated with conventional construction, such as foundations and site preparation, pole barns are used all across Illinois for everything from simple storage units and barns to work areas, cabins and homes.
Winter is quickly approaching, don't get caught with ice dams on your roof! Watch this fun video to learn how you can prevent ice dams from forming, and keep your home warm this winter.