More homeowners today are becoming aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. The idea behind energy efficiency is in minimizing energy usage by using insulated doors and vinyl replacement windows, and making sure heating and cooling systems are in perfect condition.
As experts in addressing home energy problems, let WMGB Home Improvement share with you signs of energy-inefficient homes:
Moldy or musty odors in enclosed spaces – Basements and attics tend have leaks or excessive humidity, which encourages mold growth. In turn, this could trigger allergies, respiratory problems, or food spoilage. In addition to stains on the ceiling (a clear indicator of roof leaks), you may also notice signs of wood rot, structural damage, or bubbling and peeling paint. Fixing the leaks, maintaining the air conditioning system, and running a dehumidifier would help minimize mold growth.
Unusually high utility bills – Heat loss happens when heat dissipates through windows, doors, and walls. If your energy bills tend to be a lot higher during the summer and winter seasons, it means that your home may be losing too much heat in the winter (or gaining too much heat in the summer). Consequently, your heating and cooling systems will need more energy to compensate. Investing in energy-efficient replacement windows and doors can make a tremendous improvement, as does keeping the heating and cooling systems well-maintained.
Cold floors and drafts – Unusually cold bare floors and drafts are signs of air infiltration. Cold floors will require better insulation, while drafts are eliminated by first finding the source, usually a door or a window, and having it either repaired or replaced.
Ice dams – Ice dams form on roof edges during winter. The warm air inside the house would leak into the attic, warm the underside of the shingle (or metal, as the case may be), and melt the ice directly on it. The melted ice would flow and refreeze at the edge. Prevent Ice dams by keeping the attic well-insulated.
Finding the actual source of these problems is difficult. This is why Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Muskegon, MI, residents trust WMGB Home Improvement. We are certified by the Building Performance Institute, Inc. to perform home energy audits. We perform thorough home inspections, find energy problem areas, and recommend long-lasting solutions such as window replacement. If you would like to know more, call WMGB Home Improvement today at (616) 328-6625 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment for a free, no-obligation quote.