One way for homeowners to save money on heating and cooling energy is by installing attic insulation. This is a home improvement project that is relatively inexpensive and offers a good return on investment. The various types of insulation include blanket insulation using rolls or batts and loose fill which is blown into attic spaces through a tube. Common materials used are fiberglass, cellulose or mineral fibers. Combining home improvement projects often saves money as well. For instance, when roof repairs are needed or an interior wall is moved, that is an excellent time to add to insulation.
Rely on Professionals
Attic insulation generally lasts indefinitely and an upgrade usually means adding to the existing material. If it is very old and a complete change is desired, a professional installer will offer advice on how to proceed. They also know the type and amount of insulation needed using guidelines according to the recommendations by the U.S. Department of Energy, the home’s location and the present heating system. While a homeowner can add to or replace insulation, it is overall not a good idea for reasons of safety and efficiency. If insulation is not properly installed, the end result could possibly range from wasted money to the development of mold or risk of a fire.
Rain Gutters Protect Homes
All homes need a properly functioning gutter system to protect the siding, the foundation and the landscaping from excess water running off the roof. Without rain gutters, water will rush down the sides of the house to stain siding, cause damage to the foundation and allow water to seep into the basement or cellar where mold or mildew will develop. Gutters collect the rainwater and carry it through downspouts to an area far enough away from the foundation to prevent any of the aforementioned damage.
Rain gutters should be checked at least twice a year for leaks and clogs from leaves and other debris or sagging and loose or missing supports that hold the gutters in place. Strong winds during major storms can twist gutters and hail can make dents and even holes that cause them to malfunction. For this reason it is very important to assess the condition of the gutters after storms and have them repaired or replaced immediately to prevent damage to the home and property. Contact a professional gutter installer for advice on the type and style of guttering that is best for a particular property.