Winters in Wyoming, Michigan are no joke! It’s important to take some time before the weather dips below 30 to prepare your home for winter. A little preparation and prevention now can save you a lot of headaches down the road!
The experts at WMGB are specialists in caring for Michigan houses and helping property owners winterize their homes to save money and achieve maximum efficiency and comfort year-round. Take a look at some of our favorite tips to help you prepare for winter right now.
Add to Your Home’s Attic Insulation
We all know roofs are expensive components of a home, but many homeowners don’t realize how much damage a poorly insulated attic can cause! A poorly insulated attic can lead to ice dams: a phenomenon where your home’s heat escapes into your attic due to its poor insulation. This then causes winter snow or ice on your roof to melt and run down to the eaves outside your exterior wall, where it refreezes, resulting in an ice dam.
As the cycle continues and ice accumulates throughout the season, the melted water can start infiltrating under your shingles, then expand when refreezing there, which pushes the components of your roofing materials apart. This sets the stage for an expensive problem: year-round potential for leaks, pests, and mold growth. By adding insulation in your attic, you can keep heat contained in your living spaces and protect your home against costly ice dams!
Boost Your Whole Home Insulation and Air Sealing
When it comes to efficiency, the combination of two specific types of insulation can make an enormous difference for your home. Loose fill or blown-in insulation is often installed in a home’s exterior and interior walls to help homeowners regulate their house’s temperature. Air sealing uses spray foam insulation to fill small, normal gaps in your home’s building envelope. This prevents infiltration from outside air that forces your HVAC system to work harder to maintain your comfort settings.
Both types of insulation work for you year-round by keeping your healthy, conditioned air inside, and outdoor air and temperatures out. According to ENERGY STAR®, homeowners can save up to 15% on monthly HVAC bills by weatherizing their homes with better insulation and air sealing.
Upgrade Old or Drafty Windows
Why new windows? If your windows are perceivably drafty or don’t shut correctly anymore, causing visible gaps, fall is the perfect time to upgrade them before freezing winter temperatures set in. WMGB offers many varieties of energy efficient windows that can help you save on energy bills. New windows are also an excellent way to improve your home’s curb appeal!
Save with The Holland Home Energy Retrofit Program!
Homeowners within the city of Holland are eligible for an additional rebate program called The Holland Home Energy Retrofit Program! As a partner contractor in this program, WMGB can help Holland homeowners boost their home’s energy efficiency with additional money back.
This program is easy to qualify for and offers financial grant aid and financing options, and the results of your home improvement with The Holland Home Energy Retrofit Program will save you in utility costs for years. See if you qualify today!
Get Started with a Home Energy Audit
Unsure where to begin with home efficiency upgrades? The WMGB experts can help with a home energy audit in Michigan. This service is the ultimate solution in diagnosing your home’s energy efficiency problems!
To complete a home energy audit, our certified technicians conduct a series of diagnostic tests throughout your home. Afterward, we’ll generate a report identifying any trouble spots and help you decide which home improvement project will do your home the most good before winter hits.