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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.
Ice dams can take a toll on your home, so it’s good to know what they are and how to avoid them. It’s enough to put up with the sleet, snow and freezing cold temperatures of an Illinois winter without adding these troublemakers to the list.
Get the dampness in your pole barn under control. Metal roofs and wall sheathing easily conduct heat energy and quickly form condensation on their inside surfaces as this energy comes in contact with the naturally cooled over-night air of the barn’s interior. Learn how to control the flow of energy & lower the humidity in your pole barn.
Most homeowners in Central Illinois know that increasing resale value is worth focusing on, even if there are no actual plans in place to sell the home at the moment. Even if you’re looking to stay in your home for a long period of time, there are a number of reasons why furthering your investment is worthwhile, chief among them being the comfort you and your family can enjoy after making valuable home upgrades. By improving energy efficiency, you’ll automatically be working toward increasing the resale value of your home—especially if it was built prior to 1975.
Fall is on its way, and the chilly Illinois weather will be affecting homeowners in and around Frankfort sooner than later. While many people focus on staying warm and comfortable during the seasonal transition, it’s also worth your time to consider ways in which to increase energy efficiency. Hint: It doesn’t need to be as hard or expensive as you might think.
Year after year during the summer, homeowners experience the same kinds of issues — including feeling like their home is a hot house. However, once winter hits, it’s almost like that same home turns into a walk-in freezer. There are a few types of heat transfer, and by understanding how they work, you’ll soon see why your home might be feeling so uncomfortable. Controlling conduction and convection are essential to making your home feel more comfortable!
You might not notice the warning signs and attribute them to simply feeling a bit under the weather, but your home’s air quality can have serious implications for your health both in the short- and long-term.