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 12.10.22.
Homeowners often don’t seek out energy efficient home improvements until they notice problems. Finding the cause of these home energy efficiency issues can lower utility bills. Another perk is creating a space that is more comfortable. Addressing the below issues can be a giant step towards improving energy efficiency.
Visible Light Around A Closed Door Or Window
Weatherstripping in good working order provides compression around house windows. This creates a long-lasting seal. Weatherstripping also protects against air and water infiltration. This increases home energy efficiency. Visible light around windows and doors often means the weatherstripping has failed. To correct this problem, homeowners should consider the installation of energy efficient windows.
Drafty windows can have several causes including:
- Failed window seals
- Incorrect window caulking after installation
- Bad replacement windows installation
- House windows that have reached the end of their life expectancy
- Residential windows that lack energy efficiency
On occasion, issues can be addressed temporarily with weatherstripping or caulking. In most cases, the issue requires the expertise of a window installation contractor. They can provide windows replacement options and estimates.
Black Spots In The Attic Insulation Area
While the first fear may be attic mold, discolored insulation is often something else. Black spots in insulation are a signal that air leakage is happening within the home. Fiberglass insulation isn’t good at preventing air movement. But it is effective at filtering airborne dust particles and rodent droppings. Bad attic insulation and air sealing can cause the stack effect to occur. The stack effect pulls dirty air particles down the attic walls and into the home’s living space. Not only is this bad for energy efficiency, but it can also have negative health consequences.
Why Partner With Our Home Energy Efficiency Experts
We’ve assisted over 100,000 happy customers with energy efficient home improvements. Our home energy assessment utilizes a variety of diagnostic tools. This allows us to work with homeowners to create a custom plan that creates a more comfortable home. Contact us to learn more.
Bonus: Understand how to fix the five areas prone to drafts in your house.