Feb 05, 2022

Increasing Home Energy Efficiency Tips

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus advises on choosing a reputable contractor for your home improvement projects, understanding how new insulation can increase your return on investment and energy efficiency.

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The Importance of Hiring a Reputable Contractor

Hiring a reputable contractor can take some homework and it’s important to get quotes from more than one contractor.  Online reviews are a great place to start your research.  However, talking to previous customers of the contractor can also provide an understanding of whether the contractor started the project on time, if they cleaned up after themselves, and if the job was completed correctly the first time.  It’s also wise to view photos of past projects and get complete information on product and workmanship warranties.  Failure to properly vet a potential contractor can lead to incomplete or subpar work.

window installation by Lindus Construction

Increase Your Twin Cities Home Energy Efficiency with Insulation

Quality contractors can assist homeowners with multiple projects which make sense to tackle first.  They are also able to advise which projects have the best return on investment.  A home improvement project that has an exceptional return on investment is attic spray foam insulation.  The best way to achieve R-60 in an attic is to put down two and a half inches to three inches of spray foam insulation after the existing insulation has been removed.  Then, cellulose insulation can be blown-in over the top.  This will change how the air moves within a home because the entire attic has been sealed up.  The pay-off quickly comes as home energy bills are lessened and comfort levels are increased.

spray foam insulation installed by Lindus Construction

Wall insulation is a project that must be performed correctly to not have mold, insulation voids, and cracked foam.  Homeowners looking at insulating a wall should understand that the interior wall or the exterior sheathing should come off.  This is because walls often contain electrical components.  A siding project can prove the perfect opportunity to address wall energy efficiency, especially when insulated house wrap, such as Insultex™, is used.  At only 1 mm thick, it is R-6.  This is possible because during the curing process, it becomes an evacuated cell.  This means the energy transfer must go through a tortuous path.  No matter how much you compress the Insultex™ product, the cells never burst.

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Installing New Windows Helps Maintain Your Home’s Comfort

Another home improvement that increases a home’s energy efficiency is the installation of new windows.  Infinity® from Marvin Windows win high marks for their durability.  They are manufactured to handle the extreme temperatures of the northern climate.  In the summer months, they reflect the heat.  In the winter months, solar heat gain is achieved due to the window’s glass pack.

Contact us today to get started on your next insulation installation and window replacement projects.

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 addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  

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"Lindus Construction has lived up to its promises and more. We had the Insulation in our roof replaced. They showed up on time, completed their work in two days, cleaned up so that you would never believe they had been there. Randall, the Supervisor came often to check on the progress and helped as well.   We would highly recommend this company to anyone considering some type of home remodeling. Grading AAA+."

Gary G.
North Branch, MN
June 12, 2024

"Lindus Construction has done several projects for us over the years: LeafGuard® Gutters, new roof, new doors, new soffits and facia on the upper level, residing of a portion of the upper level, re-insulation of the attic to help us reduce/eliminate ice dams. They've performed admirably on all of these projects and have been great to work with. We've been pleased with all their work and gladly recommend them to others."

Bob J.
White Bear Lake, MN
May 27, 2024

"We did a major re-insulation which included vacuuming out old insulation, spraying a layer of foam, and blowing in additional insulation. A different crew performed each operation. All did an excellent job. We'd use Lindus again for insulation work, though we hope never to need it again."

Bob J.
White Bear Lake, MN
May 25, 2024

"I was very happy with the free insulation estimate I received from the Lindus rep. He took the time to walk me and my father-in-law through a thermal scan of all the leaky spots in my attic - and basement, bonus! - and was honest and forthright about the work they do and the best and most economical options available to us to improve ambient temperature control in these areas."

Rima F.
Lake Elmo, MN
January 9, 2024

"I thought it went very well!  No issues."

Brian B.
Ramsey, MN
August 24, 2023

"Great job! Kept us informed! Also, was very considerate. Made sure everything was cleaned up at the end of the day and took care to always wear masks around us, since my wife is immune compromised."

Dave G.
Maplewood, MN
June 26, 2023
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