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Components That Impact Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-461-9226.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Andy Lindus, shared on 11.6.21. 

The goal of a home’s insulation should be to create an attic space that is similar in temperature to what it is currently like outdoors.  This will minimize heat loss.  If a homeowner is questioning if their attic has enough insulation, a measuring stick can be used to see if the insulation to R-value is correct.  In Wisconsin and Minnesota, homeowners should strive for a minimum R-50 value.  Dirty insulation can be an indication that excess air movement is occurring in your attic.  Reputable insulation contractors using diagnostic tools, such as smoke sticks, infrared imaging, and blower doors can show homeowners where their home insulation may be lacking.

Learn More About The Home Diagnostic Testing Lindus Construction Performs With Each Insulation Estimate: 

When getting an estimate for a new roof, it’s a sign you’re working with a reputable contractor if they’re also checking out your attic insulation.  That’s because faulty attic insulation can lower the lifespan of a new roof by as much as half.  Whether the contractor is installing fiberglass, blown-in, or cellulose insulation, the contractor should be able to explain the type(s) of insulation they recommend and why.  The contractor should also be discussing attic ventilation.  That’s because an attic’s warm air, if not removed in a proper way, can cause damage like ice dams.  Quality soffit and roof vents are worth the investment because of how they function to promote damage to a home.

Insulation Expert Assesses Attic

When working on multiple home improvement projects at the same time, it’s wise to work with a single contractor.  Even though this can push out timelines because it may take longer to get on their schedule, a reputable contractor with positive online reviews is worth the wait.  This is because they are true craftsmen that will complete the job correctly.  They also have solid industry contacts for subcontractors, such as plumbers and electricians, and will hold them accountable for quality.

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Another area of the home that can comprise its energy efficiency is its windows.  Not all windows are equal.  Builder grade windows, those that meet but do not exceed code, only last 15-20 years.  Foggy glass, drafts, and frost formation can all be indicators that a window has reached the end of its lifespan.

In the winter months, home humidity levels should be less than in the summer months.  This is particularly true when temperatures hit sub-zero levels.  Excess home humidity levels can lead to frost, window condensation, mold, and wood rot.

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Projects That Increased Home Energy Efficiency:

Twin Cities Renovation Reviews:

"We appreciate your service and love the Marvin Infinity® windows. Your employees go above and beyond with their service. Thank you."

Roseanne K.
Richfield, MN
November 17, 2021

"In September 2019 had our Plymouth home re roofed with GAF Glenwoods. Major project with new deck boards, removal of insulation and spray foam. Plus new LeafGuard® Gutters.  Not cheap but done quickly and more importantly correctly.  Carl, supervisor was great. Now we have great warranty (lifetime) insurance discount, and an impressive looking roof."

Mark M.
Plymouth, MN
August 5, 2021

"It was great!"

David H.
Maple Grove, MN
July 29, 2021

"Thank you for the quick response to me on my first contact.  I had a good salesman with a good response to all my questions.  He kept me up to date on when work would be started.  All in all, it was a great experience working with you."

Sue H.
Plymouth, MN
July 23, 2021

"Lindus never disappoints! I had new windows installed last year in my condo which I love. I needed some pulls installed on my windows to make it easier to pull the top window down. They contacted me immediately, and sent Wayne out to take a look. Wayne came back out in a couple of days and installed the new window pulls. He was efficient and very professional plus...there was no charge! Everyone I have dealt with from Lindus is top notch. Keep up the good work, Lindus!"

Dyan M.
St, Paul, MN
July 22, 2021

“Terrific representative, very thorough and personable.  We know you’re the best in the business.  Chris Ellston is a terrific representative and went way above and beyond for me to help shed light on the true nature of the condition of my roof and I feel really grateful about that.”

Brian E.
Eden Prairie, MN
April 16, 2021
Complimentary Estimates on LeafGuard® Brand Gutters and GAF Asphalt Shingles We are also offering a complimentary heat map analysis with insulation estimates through July 2022.
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