Silent Signals Your Home’s Energy Efficiency is Lacking

Lindus Construction’s COO, Andy Lindus offers advice on warning signs your home may be dealing with poor energy-efficiency. 

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The Truth Around Window Drafts & Condensation

It can be alarming to find ice formation on your home’s windows.  Many times, when this occurs, homeowners wrongfully assume that the windows have malfunctioned.  Ice formation can signal that a home’s humidity levels are higher than recommended.  As exterior temperatures lower, home humidity levels need to be decreased to less than 40% in order to prevent window condensation and attic mold.  Windows can also be blamed for drafts within a home.  However, the actual culprit can be the stack effect.  When this happens, attic air is pulled downward creating noticeable movement within the home.  The stack effect can also cause heat within the home to rise to the attic, meeting cold surfaces, causing condensation, which leads to frost.  When the frost melts, the integrity of the attic insulation becomes compromised and mold formation quickly ensues.

window condensation

Replacement Windows for Your Twin Cities Home

When shopping for new house windows, there are a few pieces of criteria that should be used to evaluate the reliability of the new window.  Homeowners should strive for windows that have superior air infiltration ratings, as this is scientific data that measures the amount of air that is allowed to enter a room.  Solar heat gain is the amount of solar radiation that is emitted through a window that transfers heat into a home.

Installation techniques also play a significant role in the lifespan of the window.  The vast majority of windows that are installed in the Twin Cities are inserts and not full frame replacement. Unless full frame window replacement is used, there is no way to address water or air infiltration.  When it comes to energy efficiency in windows, the fewer moving parts there are, the more energy efficient the window is.  This creates a strong argument for the installation of casement and awning windows, which have the ability to lock tightly.  Infinity® from Marvin fiberglass windows finished with Everwood® are an ideal choice for homeowners that want their appearance of wood, but not the continuous maintenance.  They’re manufactured in Minnesota by a family-owned company that understands how to create a window that can withstand the area’s extreme temperature swings.

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Consult with a Reputable Contractor for a Home Energy Assessment

If you suspect your home’s energy efficiency is lacking, reputable insulation contractors can perform diagnostic testing to identify energy deficiencies.  Blower doors and infrared imaging guns work particularly well when the home’s interior temperature is significantly different from the exterior temperature.  Don’t wrongfully assume that because your home is newer construction that there aren’t areas for improvement.  If builder grade materials were used, it’s probable that they have reached the end of their lifespan.

FLIR image used in a home energy assessment by Lindus Construction

Protect Your Home with LeafGuard® Gutters Installed by Lindus

Ice formation on your home’s gutters is often a signal that heat loss is taking place.   Open-style gutters make it difficult to see if ice dams are forming on your roof, which can damage the shingles, cause the gutters to pull away from the home, and allow water to enter the interior of your home.  With closed-style gutters, like LeafGuard®, icicles will hang off the gutters because the system is designed to be able to only take in liquid water.  LeafGuard® gutters are accompanied with a lifetime ice damage warranty.  If the gutters misshapen or separate themselves from your home, the installing contractor will correct the situation free of charge.

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Art F.
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April 4, 2024

"The new window that was installed in the lower family room is beautiful.  Everything your team did with respect to the install of both windows and patio door has been exemplary.  I could not be happier with the results.  Your team members were respectful, professional, and fun to visit with.  The city inspector has already come and gone and signed off on both permits.  He found everything to be top-notch."

Carolyn K.
Maplewood, MN
March 28, 2024

"Lindus just finished up a full exterior remodel for my home. It was a great experience overall from start to finish and I appreciated the quality of workmanship of each of the teams. The materials and quality of work of the Lindus teams are what set them apart from other contractors in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend Lindus for any of your home remodel or addition needs."

Brock T.
Richfield, MN
March 24, 2024

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Duane M.
River Falls, WI
February 7, 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."

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Lake Elmo, MN
January 9, 2024
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