How Much Poor Insulation Could Be Costing You – Atlas Butler

If you have poor insulation, it could be costing you money. You may already be aware of your lack of insulation if your energy bills are extremely expensive, but if you are unsure then you should check out our DIY Insulation Inspection blog post. The cost of poor insulation can be significant and it is worth the investment to properly insulate your home. If you are skeptical of the effect of insulation, check out these tools that you can use to put exact measurements on the cost of poor insulation in your home.

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Attic Insulation DIY Checkup – Atlas Butler

The weather in Columbus, Ohio is getting steadily chillier. As colder months approach, proper insulation is increasingly important. Perhaps the most vital area for appropriate insulation is in the attic. Having the correct amount of insulation in your attic will ensure the efficiency of your home’s energy use and also save you money on heating bills. This guide will help you perform a self-checkup to determine if you have adequate attic insulation.

First and foremost, be careful when checking your attic insulation. Watch out for nails sticking up and make sure you walk on joists or truss chords. A quick way to check your insulation level in your attic is to compare the height of your insulation to your joists. In Columbus, your insulation should be covering your floor joists. If it is below or level to your joists, you probably need more insulation. Use the table and map from Energy Star to determine your R-value and the ideal amount of insulation based on your region.

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Cellulose Insulation vs. Fiberglass Insulation

It is the time of the year for insulation in Columbus, Ohio. If you haven’t had your home insulated yet, feel free to contact us and we will come out to do an audit for you. One decision we will help you make during the audit is what kind of insulation would be best for your home. This blog will compare and contrast two of the types of insulation we offer: cellulose and fiberglass.

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Furnace Maintenance

Before winter sets in it’s a good idea to get your furnace inspected. Annual service is much cheaper that having to buy a new furnace and better production from your furnace can improve your home heating efficiency. Whether you have an oil burning furnace or a gas system, there are some different inspections we can do to make sure your furnace is ready for the cold weather. Continue reading

Programmable Thermostats – What You Need to Know

One of the biggest trends over the past year in home efficiency is the use of two-way digital thermostats that can be controlled via smartphones. These programmable thermostats have a number of benefits that include saving money on your gas bill, convenience, ease of use, and the ability to change settings remotely. Also, this is another way to be energy efficient and receive tax benefits. Continue reading

5 Tips to Improve Your Heating Efficiency

With colder months quickly approaching, it’s important to think about how you are conserving heat in your home. Depending on your heating system, you might be spending more than you need to heat your home. Here are five tips that will help you keep your heating costs down. Continue reading

8 Fun Facts about Air Conditioners

1. Did you ever wonder where the term “air conditioning” came from? In 1906, a North Carolina textile manufacturer came up with the phrase because the technology increased the quality and condition of the cloth being produced in his plant.

2. The development of modern air conditioning has allowed for advances in medical technology, longer human life expectancy, decrease in the spread of diseases that were once very common especially in warmer climates, dramatically increased employee productivity. Continue reading

3 Ways to Naturally Purify Your Home Air

People spend close to 90 percent of their lives indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Based on this statistic, it is important to make sure the air you are breathing is clean and not full of toxins, mold or mildew. Below are a few ways to increase the quality of air you are breathing indoors. Continue reading

4 Ways People Stayed Cool Before Air Conditioners

Have you ever wondered how people survived through the hot summer months without air conditioning? Surprisingly, people came up with some very resourceful ways to stay cool, which we still use today!    Continue reading

Tips to Stay Cool this Summer without Breaking the Bank

Did you know heating and cooling your house costs more money and uses more energy than any other system in your home? Your heating and cooling system makes up about 54% of your utility bill, according to energy.gov. That’s over half your bill spent on just one system in your home! Thankfully, no matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have there are simple ways to lower your bill and reduce environmental emissions. Continue reading