Insulation is often something that is overlooked by many homeowners, an out of “out of sight, out of mind” situation. However, insulation is one of the most important components of a home. It’s what keeps you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. It works with the HVAC system to ensure a comfortable indoor temperature year round. In newer homes, insulation should last for many years without needing to be replaced. However, here are three circumstances, especially in older homes, where new insulation should replace the old, or even added to existing insulation.
As the seasons begin to change and it becomes colder, being well informed on how you can save money and save energy is imperative. Knowing where you can insulate your home is an easy way to help save energy and make your home more comfortable. Insulation works by trapping air pockets that moderate the migration of temperatures through walls, ceilings and floors, thus making them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Without proper insulation and sealing, warm or cold air will leak out of your home, which wastes energy and forces your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems to work harder than necessary. The same concept goes with cool air during the summer. When your insulation is working properly, the temperatures in your home will remain more constant so that your HVAC systems are not running as much.
There is something special about an old home, be it, the character that is often lost in new builds today, or a family story dating back 100 years. Old homes have historic value that is desired by many, making them quick sellers in the real estate market. While there are many upsides to owning an old home, one thing most homes lack is energy efficiency. Like most material things, homes break down through the years, and have been improved over time. During the cold months, it’s often difficult to keep an old home heated and comfortable due to some major components of efficiency the home may be missing. Here are some tips to consider for improving the energy efficiency of an old home.
It’s about time to kick the HVAC unit into full gear with winter just around the corner. Before the first snow of the season, it’s important to perform this quick HVAC maintenance checklist to ensure you and your family will stay warm and cozy inside, during the first freeze outside. Here are some simple things you can check to ensure your unit is in good shape for the winter:
We get a lot of calls this time of year for in-home energy audits and it’s encouraging to see people make an effort to reduce the energy consumption of their home. If you are unfamiliar with energy audits, you might be hesitant to invite someone in to inspect your home. You don’t have to worry. We check your home for potential areas in which you can improve your efficiency and places where you are spending more than you should. To help prepare yourself for your energy audit, you can do some basic checks around your household to set your expectations. Here’s how you can get started on a home energy audit.
Between the crisp October mornings and the sun setting before dinner time, it’s clear that fall is on its way, ready or not. The toughest part is finding a comfortable temperature balance because autumn in Ohio is highly unpredictable. Between grabbing a winter coat out of the hall closet on the way to work, to going for an evening walk in shorts, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home. Nevertheless, here are a few helpful tips to tackle the unexpected chill.
The HVAC system is one of the most important components of your home. It controls your comfort level all year long. So, why take and chance and try to repair it on a whim? At Atlas Butler, we recommend leaving any maintenance or repairs to the qualified professionals. We’re here to do it right, the first time.
Appliances have come a long way in the past decade, with one of the biggest improvement being energy efficiency in HVAC units. New products are now listed with energy efficiency data, but without knowing the meaning behind the acronyms, that information may seem pointless. However, those numbers can tell you exactly how your unit will function, and will make it easier to decide which would be the best for your home, and potentially save you some money. The energy ratings also provide a baseline upon which to compare versions and brands of HVAC units. The ratings can give you an idea of what you will be spending per month versus the benefit you will be receiving from the system.
You can tell fall is just around the corner in Columbus. There’s a brisk chill in the air that makes an extra layer or two of clothing a necessity for going outside, and you’re probably throwing an extra blanket on at night. It’s a very enjoyable time of year in Ohio, but it’s also a reminder that winter will follow. Just as swiftly as fall came, winter will too and you don’t want to be unprepared. You’re HVAC system is the most important part of staying comfortable during the winter and the best way to make sure you don’t run into trouble this winter is to get your HVAC systems inspected during the fall. Here are four reasons why the fall is the best time for an HVAC inspection.