Dec 03, 2022

Items That Compromise Home Energy Efficiency In The Winter

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus shared on 12.3.22.  

Homeowners often notice drafty windows and uncomfortable rooms in the winter.  While you can’t control Mother Nature, you can take steps to investigate and fix these issues to create a more energy efficient home.

4 Reasons Why Your Home Energy Efficiency Is Lacking In The Winter

1. Not Enough Attic Air Sealing

Air sealing in an attic plugs up air leaks that are causing strain on your home’s HVAC system. The goal of air sealing an attic is to get an attic temperature as close to the outdoors as possible.

Bonus Read: Four Places That Benefit From Attic Air Sealing

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2. Lackluster Home Insulation

Signs of poor attic insulation can include ice dams, high energy bills, and cold rooms.  In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the recommended insulation R-value is 60 among energy efficient homes.

3. Badly Installed Windows

Bad house windows often have condensation.  Window sweating can be due to improper installation or seal failure.  It’s also a problem if double hung windows are turned and installed as sliding windows.  This compromises the energy efficiency of the windows.  Learn more about avoiding window condensation in the winter.

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4. Worn-Out Weather-Stripping On Old Windows

When weather-stripping wears out on older windows, cold air can enter the home. This can create elevated energy costs because of the strain it puts on your home’s heating system.

A Heat Map Analysis Can Identify Energy Efficient Home Improvements Needed

Many insulation contractor services offer a complimentary heat map analysis.  This energy audit can analyze all aspects of a home’s energy use.  Areas of interest include a home’s insulation, ventilation, and air movement.  Diagnostic tools utilized can include blower doors, infrared imaging, and smoke sticks.  These tools give insulation installers the information needed to create an action plan.

Learn More About Home Energy Audits:

Tips For Hiring An Insulation Contractor

  1. Read their online reviews
  2. Get references from your local homebuilder’s association
  3. Steer clear of any home insulation services that won’t perform a visual attic inspection
  4. Speak with the insulation installers past customers.

Learn more about questions to ask a contractor’s reference.

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Reliable Insulation Contractors Ready To Equip Your Home

We’ve been the premier insulation contractor in Western WI and the Twin Cities since 1979.  Lindus Construction is proud to hold an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.  Our home insulation services come with a lifetime workmanship guarantee. We offer a complimentary energy audit to show where your home is losing energy. Contact us today if you have questions or to get a complimentary estimate.

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"Thanks again for the great job on the spray foam."

Todd B.
Plymouth, MN
August 26, 2022

"Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me out.  Your expertise made all the difference in helping me resolve my house projects!"

Patricia M.
Bloomington, MN
August 19, 2022

“Thank you to the entire team for the outstanding job on the insulation job of my 100-year-old home!  Eric took the time to walk me through the entire process and even came back a second time to sort out venting questions.  Project manager, Randall, made sure the insulation installed met your quality standards.  Every member of your team worked very hard and didn’t end their day until the job was done right.  I look forward to energy savings and no critters in my attic!”

Pat M.
Bloomington, MN
July 26, 2022

"Eric is great. We used him on my mom’s house for several projects: new doors, windows, re-insulating the inside of the roof in upstairs bedrooms, tearing down & rebuilding the garage. My sister also used Eric to install LeafGuard® on her own house, build her a new deck, and install a metal roof. We recently had a meeting to discuss building a new deck for me, to replace the old one. We will be using no-maintenance materials, so no more sanding, staining, painting."

James N.
Minneapolis, MN
July 20, 2022

"We used Lindus for a rather complicated attic re-insulation project. They are highly competent and do great work!"

Leon P.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 16, 2022

“We are very pleased with Lindus' work from start to finish. They did an energy audit, foam insulation of basement rim joists, removed and replaced damaged attic insulation with foam and cellulose, installed new attic access, replaced upper-level bathroom fan and exhaust to roof, removed and replaced soffit and fascia. We had storm damaged steel siding on front upper level of house. All of the siding on front upper level was replaced with LP® smart siding, all front windows were retrimmed. We believe they went above and beyond our expectations.”

David L.
Robbinsdale, MN
July 15, 2022
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