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Insulation: The Best Types

Insulation: The Best Types

How to keep your home warm and comfortable in an efficient manner may cross your mind quite often during the winter in the Traverse City area. Sure, you can keep cranking up the thermostat temperature whenever you’re too cool, but you probably don’t want sky-high heating bills. By far, the more cost-efficient way to keep your home comfortable is using the right insulation types in the right places.


Proper Attic Insulation Can Help Save You Energy All Year Long

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help Save You Energy All Year Long

The amount and quality of the attic insulation in your home makes the largest impact on its energy efficiency and your year-long energy costs. Adequate insulation properly installed will start saving energy immediately, and last for years. In most cases, it’s the most affordable improvement for long lasting comfort.


Make Sure You Insulate These Areas of Your Home

Make Sure You Insulate These Areas of Your Home

Adequate home insulation makes a big difference in the size of your monthly utility bills. Upgrading the insulation in an older home built before energy efficiency was a major concern could be one of the best investments you will ever make. Even if your home is new and relatively “tight,” there may be some insulation upgrades you can make to save energy. As you consider ways to improve your home insulation, look at the following areas first. They will give you the best returns on your energy-efficiency investments. 


Green Tip: Make Your Furnace Burn Less Oil

It’s definitely possible to reduce the amount of fuel your oil furnace burns over the long heating season without sacrificing comfort and efficiency. A home that resists heat transfer and contains well-maintained equipment can reduce the length of your system’s operation time. 


Weatherize Your Home for the Summer — It’s Not Too Late

It’s just as important to weatherize your home in the summer as it is in the winter. Where winter weatherization keeps your Traverse City home feeling warmer longer, the same techniques can help keep it cooler during the hottest summer days. The time and money it takes to properly weatherize a household is recouped in annual comfort and reduced energy costs.


Insulation Basics: What R-Values Mean to You

The R-values of the insulation in your home make a big impact on your conditioning bills and interior comfort. These values indicate how long the insulation resists heat transfer, and each numeric digit behind the “R” indicates an hour’s worth of thermal protection. The R stands for resistance and the type of heat that insulation blocks is the kind that travels through solid objects, like your roof, floor and walls.


Guarding Against Thermal Heat Buildup in Your Traverse City Home

Keeping cool this summer without suffering from high electricity bills is easier said than done. Fortunately, you can keep your home naturally cooler by reducing thermal heat buildup so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Here’s how.


That Heat Lurking in Your Attic: It’s Trying to Seep Into Your Living Space

The temperature in a poorly insulated and vented attic space can get as high as 150 degrees on a sunny day. If you use your attic for storage, anything you put up there could suffer serious damage. If there is excessive heat in the attic, especially combined with a moisture problem, can contribute to mold growth. If you keep photographs or clothes in these conditions they can be damaged beyond repair.


Make Sure Your Attic Insulation Is Sufficient So You Stay Warm This Winter

The cold weather has arrived — is your home winter-ready? Taking the time to evaluate and improve your attic insulation is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of boosting your home comfort and lowering your utility bill this heating season. Here’s why teaming up with your HVAC contractor to check out your insulation situation is a must this winter.


Boosting Attic Insulation Creates A Trickle-Down Effect On Savings And Comfort

Upper Michigan enjoys mild summer temperatures. But even on a day when it hardly tops 80, your attic may be an oven. Attics can easily run 40 degrees hotter than outside temperatures. Without sufficient attic insulation, this heat is conducted through the ceiling and into your living spaces, counteracting your air conditioner. Thermal transfer of heat from the attic is responsible for more than 30 percent of cooling costs during summer. Attic insulation — the right kind and the correct amount — is your first line of defense.


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