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Winterize Homes - Fall is the Best Time

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Now is the time to winterize your home and protect your home against freezing pipes.

It is important to make preparations to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes before temperatures plunge. The winter can pose many challenges to a homeowner, but one of the biggest and most costly is the risk of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes occur in areas of the home that are not insulated or that are poorly insulated. When ice expands inside pipes, it can crack and burst the pipe, leaving homeowners with a costly plumber bill, and thousands of dollars in damages from water leaking inside the house.

Winterizing is just as important in new homes as it is in older homes where insulation is often poorly done or not done correctly. Older home construction will sometimes include pipes in unprotected locations without insulation, including crawl spaces, and these can be particularly at risk.

Luckily, these problems are preventable by evaluating areas of vulnerability throughout the home. Implementing the following winterization tips now can help avoid headaches later:

  • Search your house for under insulated pipes or non-insulated pipes, especially in unheated areas. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but follow manufacturers' instructions carefully to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations, especially where cable TV or phone lines enter the house, with caulking to keep cold winds away from pipes
  • Consider wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket. While not really at danger for freezing, this can lower your heating bills.

For information on better insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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How to Save Money on Heating this Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Heating your home in Worcester this winter doesn’t have to be a big hit on your wallet, there are some simple things you can do to save.

As the weather and leaves start to turn, more people are beginning to think about getting ready for the winter.
National Grid is suggesting a number of things that homeowners can do to keep energy costs down.

Take these measures now while the weather is pleasant instead of waiting for the cold to really arrive.

Weather stripping can be applied around your doors and windows as well as clear films that can go over big doorways or sliding glass doors.

There is also insulation for your pipes as well as an insulation blanket for your hot water tank.

One way to eliminate the loss of heat through the attic is to install fiberglass insulation.

National Grid also advises to change furnace filters every month.

There are a number of things you can do to keep the warm air inside your home during the cold weather months, from weather-stripping to insulation, also if you’ve got a gap or opening near a door or window, you can also spray in some foam right from a can.

For spaces under a door, door sweeps installed at the bottom of a door can keep the drafts out and the warm air in.

If your air conditioners are permanently installed in your windows, cover them up during the cold months.

National Grid also suggests lowering your thermostat to 65 during the day and lowering them more during the night.

For information on all of your insulation needs, contact Custom Insulation.

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Reduce Home Heat Loss

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This winter may not have had a lot of snow so far, but the house still gets cold. A great way to increase your homes heating (can cooling) efficiency is to increase your home’s insulation. Adding additional insulation, especially in the attic, can make a huge difference in the temperature of your home all year round.

At the same time that you are checking your attic insulation, you should be sure that there is proper insulation around your pipes as well.
 
Typically, a home loses heat in the following areas: ceilings, walls, floors, windows and doors, and “infiltration (air loss).” Even though your home loses heat from all these areas, they don’t all lose the same amount of heat.
 
Here is how each area stacks up in terms of percent heat loss in a home:

  • Infiltration / Air Leakage: 35%
  • Windows and Doors: 18 – 20%
  • Floors and Below Grade Space: 15 – 18%
  • Walls: 12 – 14%
  • Ceilings: 10%

Contact Custom Insulation for your insulation needs.




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