Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Danielle Lariviere
Ranch homes were very well suited to accompany the demands in the South-West back when housing development was expanding. The baby boomer generation was in full swing and homes that were able to be built quickly at a reasonable price were in high demand. Soon enough their popularity spread up to the North, but their architectural designs stayed the same. In warm weather they are a very practical home because their large overhangs provides extra shade from that sweltering southern sun. Unfortunately, up in the chilly northern parts of the states, they do not accompany our weather as best as would like them to.
1. Ice Dams= Damage!
These are such a big problem because, living in New England we know how unforgiving and unpredictable Mother Nature is during winter. Without proper insulation these ice dams can leak into a home and cause serious damage to your walls, ceilings, furniture, and anything else that is inside your home.
Fix It! Here at Dr.Energy Saver we offer many solutions for your ice damming problems. First, we can seal and insulate your air ducts that live in your attic. It is vital that the ducts are sealed to prevent leaks into your home and to reduce to loss of heat, as well as prevent heat gain during the summer. This will deliver more warm/cool air to your room's, less dust and noise, reduced overall house air leakage and longer furnace/ AC equipment life. Along with all of these benefits, your fuel and electric bills will start to get lower as your home's energy improves. (Click here to see our ice dams solutions!)
2. Inadequate Attic Insulation
These are some tell-tale signs of a home that has insufficient insulation...
-Rooms directly beneath the attic get too hot or too cold at certain times of the year, while other rooms remain comfortable.
-Steepened electric/ fuel bills.
-Cold drafts throughout the house during cooler times of the year.
-Recessed can lights directly below the attic.
-Attic floor joists are visible above or between attic insulation.
-Less than 10 inches of attic insulation (Many houses have just 9 in. of attic insulation; The U.S Dept of Energy recommends 16 in. of insulation.)
-Attic duct work is exposed above insulation layer
Fix It! Attic insulation is a huge step you can take to make your home more comfortable. Having proper insulation can help solve issues like drafty rooms, uneven temperatures and high utility bills. The energy experts at Dr. Energy Saver have developed many products to help make your home preform at its' highest potential. (Click here to see all of our insulation tips and tricks!)
If your home is experiencing any of these problems, give us a call today at Connecitcut Dr. Energy Saver. We have helped over 24,000 homeowners make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. Click here to schedule a free energy estimate with one of our certified energy specialists. Let us help you find out where your home is consuming and loosing energy!
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