Dec 10, 2022

Three Issues That Downgrade Home Energy Efficiency

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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.   

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Drafty 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.

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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.

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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.     

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Dave & Tina G.
Rosemount, MN
December 7, 2022

"We had an egress window installed, and it was completed, inside and outside in one day. The workers were friendly, hard-working, and skilled. They worked together as a team, and there was nothing to clean up when they drove away. We are so pleased with their workmanship and their friendly demeanors."

Jane F.
Hamburg, MN
August 13, 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

"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

"Jason and the insulating crew did a great job. I told Jason it looked like nothing was done when he finished cleaning, which is a very good thing.  The insulating crew did have a difficult time working under the bay window. They usually hold their spray gun about 2 ft. away from the surface. In our location, they only had a foot at the most. So, there was a lot of blowback, clean-up, and additional layers to get the final result."

Jerry P.
Eden Prairie, MN
June 16, 2022

"Thank you for a job well done.  We are very impressed with our new windows."

Bill & Gini R.
Maple Grove, MN
May 27, 2022
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