Oct 10, 2019

Six Strategies for Lowering Your Gas Bill This Winter

As the temperatures lower, many homeowners resign themselves to the fact that their energy bills are going to escalate.  While this may be true, there are many actions homeowners can take to keep costs at a reasonable level.

Pay Attention to Windows and Doors: The lower the temperature becomes; the more noticeable drafty windows and doors can become.  Common culprits include window seal failure, shoddy installation, improper caulking, and outdated windows.  A temporary fix can be adding caulking or weather-stripping, but it’s wise to render the services of a reputable professional that can discuss full frame window replacement.  Even if your windows and doors are in good shape, you can lower energy costs by opening curtains and shades on south-facing windows on sunny days to introduce more natural light and warmth to your home.  Closing curtains and shades at night can act as an additional insulator.

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Invest in a Smart Thermostat: Smart thermostats can be programmed so that temperatures are turned down when a home is unoccupied.  Some models are so intuitive that they can sense movement and understand when you’re away from home so that temperatures are adjusted accordingly.  Many times, local municipalities reward homeowners for installing smart thermostats by providing attractive rebates.

Change Your Air Filters: Furnace filters rarely have a lifespan of more than three months. Failure to regularly change filters not only compromises your home’s air quality, but also forces your furnace to work harder than it should.  When this happens, energy efficiency is also compromised.

Upgrade Your Home’s Insulation: Homes that lack adequate insulation allow the heated air you paid for to escape outdoors.  Signs you need more insulation in your home include ice dams, attic rodent infestation, extreme temperature fluctuations within your home, and finding water in your attic.

blown-in attic insulation

Consider Attic Air Sealing: This process involves pinpointing and addressing areas of the attic that are permitting exterior air to filter in.  Vulnerable spots include those surrounding false soffits, bath fan penetrations, and can lights.  Weather-stripping, spray foam, and patches can be utilized to fill in gaps, creating a more energy efficient space.

Keep Your Chimney Flue Closed: Allowing your chimney flue to remain open when not in use is the equivalent of leaving a window open several inches.  The result is permitting a sizable amount of warm air to escape your home.

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"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"They sprayed foam in my 110-year-old attic to provide a vapor barrier and then added cellulose over the top.  My contacts with them were always professional and courteous.  They cared about keeping me happy.  I didn't hire them because they are a bargain, but because they do quality work!"

Harold F.
Minneapolis, MN
November 6, 2020

"The workers at my home were respectful and professional for our egress window install! Would use their services again!"

Danielle H.
Hammond, WI
May 22, 2020

"You were so patient and accommodating with all of our questions. The attention to detail by everyone was so good to see and made us confident we had made the right choice. We are happy and satisfied with all the work.  Now we hope to see substantial savings on our heating and air conditioning." 

Jim P.
St. Paul, MN
May 2, 2020

"We appreciate the professionalism that every team that visited showed us and our house.  Thank you very much."

Ryan F.
Lakeville, MN
April 3, 2020

"We had four SeasonGuard windows installed to replace 4 original windows in our home.  The quality of the product and the quick, and exceptional installation was great. They matched the original trim beautifully.  Even though we experienced a one week delay due to exceptionally cold weather on the first scheduled date, the follow-up was well done.  From start to finish, a great company to work with. We love our new windows.  Quiet, draft-free and well done."

David K.
Wyoming, MN
March 13, 2020
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