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Insulation: Know The Magic Number?

Warm air naturally flows to cool places, and it’s up to your hard-working HVAC system to get that warm air out of the house in the summer and bring it in during the winter. Insulation impedes air flow and takes a lot of the work load off your furnace or heat pump. R-value is a…

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Buttoning Up Your Home For Cold Weather: 19 Tips

With winter on its way, here are some tips to help keep your home warm and energy efficient for when the cold weather arrives: Change Your Furnace Filter:  If too much debris has collected, your heating system has to use more energy to push air through. Dress Warmer:  This lets you lower your thermostat while…

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A Little Insulation Goes A Long Way — Develop A Cost-Effective Strategy

Before winter arrives in the Metro-East area, you want to make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible. This will help you stay warm in your house while also keeping your heating costs minimized. One of the best ways to do this is to add cost-effective insulation throughout your house. Insulation can be installed…

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Insulation — From Batts To Loose Fill, A Guide

Insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer by providing thermal resistance in areas where heat is likely to escape or (in the summer) enter your home. There are many different forms of insulation available today. These are all quick guidelines to the types of insulation that are available…

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Ice Dams: The Telltale Sign That Your Attic Needs Attention

Ice dams on your roof in the winter are not just a nuisance. Once ice develops on your roof’s eaves, serious damage can occur to the home. In addition, ice dams can be a sign of significant problems within your attic. Southwest Illinois is particularly vulnerable to ice dams. Due to our position bordering the…

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Getting A Grip On Your Heating Costs

Living in the Midwest, you know that finding ways to manage heating costs is a priority every winter. In fact, heating costs often comprise well over half of a homeowner’s total energy budget, so it’s wise to figure out how you can reduce heating costs, without impacting home comfort. There are a variety of ways…

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Frozen Pipes: Preventing A Problem You Definitely Don’t Want

At the top of the list of least-desirable phrases homeowners want to hear is: Frozen pipes. Not only are frozen pipes just plain inconvenient and a huge undertaking to repair and clean up, but they’re an expense that’s fairly easy to avoid — if you know how to prevent this problem. Oddly enough, it’s not…

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4 Key Areas Where It Pays To Boost Your Insulation

Proper insulation of your home provides both comfort and significant savings in energy costs. For maximum energy efficiency in your home, boost your insulation in these four critical areas. Attic An improperly insulated attic can suck heat from your living spaces in winter, and radiate it downward in the summer, putting an extra load on your…

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Improving Home Insulation? Get In On These 3 Perks

One of the most important things you can do this fall is to make sure your home is properly insulated. Even if you have insulation, many homes don’t have enough, and so aren’t getting the full effects. Here are three benefits to improving home insulation that will help you through the Metro-East winter and throughout…

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