Insulation Installation Contractors Should Explain Benefits of Home AuditsNovember 5, 2015
The average low temperature in Barrow, Alaska during the winter reaches -20 F. The average wind speed is nearly 12 mph. To keep Barrow homeowners toasty during those 67 winter days of darkness in the Arctic Circle requires some good insulation and well-equipped home heating systems.
Those big, burly winter coats; 15 feet of scarves; ski masks; space-suit gloves; doughboy pants; 2-foot-high, fur-lined boots; and multiple layers of long underwear are fine for those hardy and perhaps fool-hearted folks who decide to venture onto the blistering tundra. But for the average northern Alaskan remaining indoors is suitable pastime.
Getting indoor temperature to rise some 80 degrees may be the job of the utility company or in-home heating units, but keeping the temperature cozy is the job of insulation installation contractors. We at Capitol Machine provide the equipment and the know-how for contractors to make sure that job gets done right.
Get an Energy Audit Before Winter Starts
Fall started Sept. 21. Temperatures cooled, autumn foliage changed in many areas and children grabbed their jackets and returned to school. Autumn is a wonderful time of the year, filled with festivities and outdoor events; we celebrate two major holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. But it ends Dec. 21.
We at Capitol Machine recommend all homes, especially those in colder climates, undergo an energy audit. This ensures homeowners are not losing money in paying high utility bills for structures that leak warm air.
Insulation installation contractors can explain the benefits of home audits in pinpointing potential problem areas before wintery weather arrives. Homeowners can save nearly 30 percent on utility bills when improperly or inadequately installed areas are identified and repaired, experts say.
Many U.S. states and Canada offer rebate incentives to homeowners for audits and retrofitting older structures.
Auditors Inspect Rooms, Windows and Attics
Auditors examine walls and rooms to find potential areas where air may be escaping or where insulation is weak or inadequate. Specific target areas may include windows, ducts, attics and around the water heater. Auditors also typically review utility bills to gauge heating levels and conduct blower-door tests and thermographic scans.
Audit results will highlight a home’s weak areas and can help insulation installation contractors determine the approach to repair problems. Fixes include adding blown-in insulation to walls or the attic or resealing windows.
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