Prepping For The Cold Months

With all of the glorious heat this summer, it’s likely you haven’t paid too much attention to your home insulation. But no matter how much we all enjoy the outdoor fun of the summertime it’s inevitable that the cold months will soon return.

You can maximize your comfort level indoors throughout the chill of the winter by making sure you have the proper insulation to keep that cold outside where it belongs.

Since hot air rises, one of the main places to inspect is your attic. Even before you start insulating, you’ll want to seal any cracks and crevices where the cold can sneak in. Also check for water stains that might be evidence of a leaky roof. Installing insulation without fixing a leak is an invitation for future problems, including the growth of mold. Make sure everything is safe and snug before adding any kind of insulation over the top to avoid regret — and possibly sizeable repair bills — later.

You will likely want to consider some loose fill or batt insulation up in the attic, but if you have existing cellulose insulation be careful that there is no asbestos present. If you aren’t sure, have a professional take a look – asbestos made for a great insulator at one time, but today poses a significant and possibly lethal health problem.

If you can feel a breeze through your wall on the cold days, you’ll want to bump up the insulation there as well. Once again, make sure to first seal any openings where the heat escapes and cold comes through. Check your windows for gaps, and don’t forget your electric switches and receptacles also, because they are prime areas where you can lose warmth. Hold your hand up to the cover; if you feel a draft, install a foam seal to plug it up.

Your Standard professionals can recommend exactly what thickness insulation you need, and advise you on the project every step of the way. Or leave it in our hands and we can install your insulation for you for a job guaranteed done right. Don’t forget — the installation of insulation and sealing of your home against the elements is an investment that pays for itself in energy savings in no time!

For expert advice in keeping the heat in and the cold out all winter long, call Standard today at 738-1424 or (800) 738-1424.

About Standard

Standard was founded in 1928 and is now the oldest and largest insulation company in the Mohawk Valley. Using state-of-the-art technology and the Energy Smart incentive programs from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Standard can determine the causes of energy loss in your home and provide the solutions. They will also determine if a family or individual qualifies for incentives up to 50% (max. $5000) and low interest loans.

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