If you occasionally hear noises in your home’s attic, you may comfort yourself, thinking, “Oh, it’s just the house settling or air moving through ducts.” While these excuses could be actual causes, a more likely source of attic noise is critters.
Every homeowner should have winter preparation on their fall to-do list, including making sure your house is well-insulated and prepared for the cold. Choosing insulation that fits your need will keep your home warm and energy-efficient this winter.
There are several factors to consider when choosing insulation for your home. The cost of the insulation itself is a factor, as is the cost of installation. Some types need to be installed by an experienced technician, but others can be safely installed as a do-it-yourself project. Each type of insulation also has a different R-value, which is the measure of the resistance to heat transfer. The effect that an insulation’s manufacturing process has on the environment can also be a factor to consider, along with the impact on indoor air quality. Read More Choosing Insulation for Your Southeastern Massachusetts Home >>
Keeping a home comfortable during the hot, humid Massachusetts summer takes a lot of energy. The efficiency of your cooling equipment is directly tied to the amount of energy it consumes, so it has a big impact on your bills. When you take a proactive approach to boosting A/C efficiency, you can control high cooling costs, increase comfort, see fewer repair bills and even extend the equipment’s service life. Read More How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Improve A/C Efficiency >>
Everyone loves summer, but here in Massachusetts, the seasonal heat can be uncomfortable for many. We always take steps to ensure our homes are ready for the harsh winter weather, but it’s equally important to seal and insulate the home envelope for summer, and this is especially true for older, multi-level homes. Read More How Sealing and Insulating the Home Can Keep You Cool This Summer >>
Summer’s just around the corner, which means it’s just about time to turn on the air conditioner. With today’s high energy costs, homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce monthly energy bills. An attic exhaust fan can help, as it’s designed to reduce the temperature in your attic by pushing hot air out. Read More Ensure Your Attic Exhaust Fan Isn’t Stealing Cool Conditioned Air >>
According to the Energy Star program, heating and cooling operations in your home use almost 50 percent of the energy used. Responsible and budget-minded homeowners work on conserving energy and, in many ways, they do succeed, but some homeowners have myths about electricity use that keep them from reducing monthly costs. Read More Electricity Use and Your Heating and Cooling Systems: Don’t Fall for These Myths >>
Because attic air circulation is usually insufficient for any season, proper attic ventilation should be an all-year concern for homeowners. Most attics are an enclosed, unconditioned zone of acute temperature and moisture conditions that vary with the climate. What happens up there directly affects comfort levels and energy efficiency in the home. By the same token, household activities also influence attic conditions. Adequate attic ventilation helps smooth out the spikes of temperature and moisture in the attic year-round. Read More Attic Ventilation: A Year-Round Concern for Massachusetts Area Homeowners >>
Heating season is here! According to the federal Energy Star program, around half of the energy used in a household is for heating and cooling. Considering the winters in eastern Massachusetts, that heating part can get expensive. Learning how to prevent heat loss in your home will help maintain your indoor comfort level and help save on energy costs. Read More Defeat Heat Loss and Improve Energy Savings in Your Eastern Massachusetts Home >>
Using the fall months to verify that your insulation is adequate for the upcoming winter will help you cut energy bills and avoid serious problems the cold can create. You can check the insulation levels in your home by checking the level in the attic, the walls and the basement ceiling, and adding more if it’s necessary.
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Attic ventilation is an essential component of keeping the atmosphere in your home healthy year-round. It can help cut down on air conditioning costs in summer and help prevent ice dams in winter. Read More Attic Ventilation Takes the Edge Off of Excess Heat and Moisture >>