Jan 26, 2019

Troubleshooting Home Energy Loss

Lindus Construction’s COO Andy Lindus answers Twin Cities Homeowners’ questions about energy efficiency.

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Winter provides the perfect opportunity for an insulation professional to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency.  Diagnostic testing in the form of infrared imaging and heat map analyses, can quickly identify areas where insulation is lacking or air is leaking.

In times of extreme cold, a home’s stack effect is most evident.  During the stack effect, the home pulls air from the lower level up to the attic through the walls.  This allows drafts to be easily identified through a thorough attic inspection. In the summer months, the stack effect works in an opposite manner and a home pulls air from your attic down the walls towards your home’s foundation.

In the event that your insulation has become soiled with intruder animal droppings, or dust from air infiltration, the air is pushed downwards into your living quarters.  This can have a negative dramatic effect on your home’s indoor air quality and long-term can be more problematic than the cold air that penetrates your home in the winter months.

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Heat Map Analysis & Attic Inspections

A heat map analysis and attic inspection can provide evidence of a laundry list of issues.  At times, our inspections have found that the home’s attic insulation has never been properly installed.  This can cause wet insulation due to ice dams.  Other times, there’s rampant evidence of bat or rodent infestation which can be corrected through the installation of cellulose insulation.  This is due to the fact that the fire-retardant chemicals used in insulation act as a deterrent to rodents.  It’s interesting to note that fiberglass insulation is an attractive feature to rodents that are able to make their way into an attic.  In fact, they often use the material for tunneling and nesting.
Home being inspected with a thermal imaging camera

In addition to a home’s attic, an area that’s prone to air infiltration is a home’s windows.  In terms of style, you’ll be hard pressed to find a window with a lower air infiltration rating than casement windows.  Their crank-out configuration allows for a tight seal.  The same is true for the locking mechanism that holds the window tight to the frame.

Contact us today to learn how Lindus Construction can make your home more energy efficient.

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 or texting 651.461.9226.

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Insulation Reviews:

"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

"I have used Lindus Construction for many home improvements over the years—LeafGuard® Gutters, SeasonGuard windows, doors, a new deck, and garage insulation. They have always been very professional, treating both me and my home with great respect. As a single female homeowner, I never, ever felt like they were taking advantage of me! Everyone, from the scheduler to the salesperson, to the installers, and even their own inspector, Josh. Lindus is the best!"

Ginnee B.
Prior Lake, MN
December 22, 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

"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."

Chip A.
Woodbury, MN
June 20, 2023

"Mitch did an outstanding job at my home today. He made me feel extremely comfortable. He was extremely thorough. And explained everything down to the down to the bottom detail. I couldn't be more happier. And if I know anybody that needs any work done, I am certainly going to recommend Lindus Construction. So thank you very much."

Dawn L.
Solon Springs, WI
May 5, 2023
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