I’ve been away from my desk for a couple weeks finishing year end ‘stuff’. Here were my final thoughts at the close of 2016. My apologies for the long delay in getting it published.
As I slowly sip my coffee this blustery morning, I hear Michael Bublé crooning in the background. He is softly singing through the speaker,
“Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful….
It doesn’t show signs of stopping…
Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow…..”
Let is Snow is a classic Christmas Carol which we have always enjoyed. This weekend it accurately described the weather: frightful. Sioux Falls, South Dakota was hit with an Arctic blast, complete with wind chills in the -40F range and six to eight inches of light, fluffy blowing snow. Being fully aware of the magnitude of the cold, I layered and bundled up accordingly before venturing outside. While I was able to take necessary precautions to protect myself from the frigid temperatures, unfortunately our homes do not have the same luxury. Many homes are not properly insulated, nor are their doors and windows setup to deal with the extreme temperature difference they experience from high summer to cold winter. Earlier this summer while meeting with a potential client about roofing their house, she mentioned how hot the house is in the summer time, and in the winter their house is rather chilly.
Through the conversation it was determined the house was built by a local contractor in the 1960’s. Since I had my ladder out, I took the time to look into the attic access in the garage. What I saw is typical of an older home. The attic had a couple inches of insulation, but no where near the amount of insulation a house should have in a zone 4 climate. As mentioned in a previous blog post, the building the office is located in had 25 bags of insulation blown into the attic crawlspaces earlier this year. Because of our personal experience with the benefits of adding insulation, the discussion was had about adding insulation to their attic.
The client ended up hiring us to add insulation to the attic. With the sub-zero temperatures the region experienced this past weekend, our client was able to maintain a cozy temperature in their home. In years past, anytime the temperature dropped below zero, their boiler struggled to maintain a comfortable temperature in their main living areas.
If your house seems colder than normal, or your utility bill is out of control, consider inspecting your attic and walls for insulation. Insulation is a cost effective way to save on utility expenses and increase the value of your home.