Jan 03, 2024

Six Winter Specific Insulation Problems

In the winter months, the internal temperature of your home is dramatically different from that outdoors.  For this reason, home insulation deficiencies can be easier to spot.  If you’re experiencing any of the below scenarios, it’s a silent signal from your home that more insulation, ventilation, and attic air sealing are likely needed.

Chilly Rooms & Floors

If exterior air can make its way into your home, it’s not long before floors become unbearably cold and rooms are much cooler than normal.  The rooms that are the most susceptible to lower winter temperatures are most often above the garage or right below the attic.

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Pricey Heating Bills

If your home energy bills skyrocket in the winter months, it’s a signal that your furnace is running more than it should.  Not only does this cost you more money, but it also puts unnecessary strain on your furnace, making it more likely that it will wear out faster than it should.

Ice Dams

An ice dam is a layer of ice that forms on a roof edge.  Rather than permitting the melting snow to exit the roof, the blanket of ice backs up onto the roof, below the shingles, into the soffits, and then into your home’s interior.  Inconsistent roof temperatures and lackluster insulation and ventilation are responsible for the formation of ice dams.

Twin Cities home with excessive icicles

Frozen Pipes

If pipes within your home’s walls freeze in the winter, it’s a red flag that your insulation could be improved upon.  Proper levels of insulation on your home’s exterior walls ensure that pipes do not burst, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

Wet Attic Insulation

During the wintertime, the stack effect causes exterior air to be drawn in through crevices in your basement and then rechanneled up the walls of your home.  The air leaves your attic through unsealed areas, but not before creating frost due to the temperature variances.  As temperatures heat up, the frost liquifies, ruining your attic insulation and creating mold.  The process of attic air sealing in tandem with correct insulation levels will curtail air from escaping the home.

Attic showing signs of poor venting and insulation

Cold Air Coming in Through Wall Outlets

When exterior air can filter indoors, air infiltration occurs.  A common spot air can leak through in older homes is through the light switches and wall outlets located on exterior walls.  When this occurs, it’s a sign more insulation is needed.

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"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 did two big projects in 2023 with Lindus. First was removing and replacing attic insulation plus creating proper ventilation. Second was replacing roof and adding LeafGuard®. Did everything go perfectly? No but that is where a company shows its merits. All issues were resolved! I even received a check for unused supplies. I highly recommend Lindus. They are not the cheapest. You get what you pay for."

Jill D.
St. Paul, MN
December 14, 2023

"Randall Bowman and an attic insulation crew attended to my Somerset, WI condo in Oct. 2023.  They were ahead of schedule, very conscientious about not causing any damage or mess in the house. Very conscientious about not blocking traffic for my condo development neighbors. And, they were very efficient-- finishing earlier than they estimated. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction and the two insulation company they contract with."

Deb M.
Somerset, WI
October 12, 2023

"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

"Everything went fine.  No problems."

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Woodbury, MN
June 20, 2023
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