CLEVELAND, Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The peak of winter is here, complete with torrential snowstorms that have caused significant snowfall, sub-zero temperatures, and formidable winds to the Midwest and Northeast parts of the United States. And it won't be the last time unpredictable winter weather will negatively affect homeowners across the U.S.—particularly the 90% of homeowners without adequate insulation. Despite the peak of winter, it's not too late for homeowners to stay comfortable by taking additional preparations when it comes to the comfort of their homes.
"When winter is at its coldest, homeowners need to take the extra precautions necessary to not only protect their homes but keep their entire family comfortable," stated Patrick Pitrone, President of USA Insulation Franchise Corporation. "The best way to do this is to insulate the home with our premium insulation products and make sure to avoid common mistakes when preparing the home like not sealing air leaks, among others."
USA Insulation explains the best way to keep the home warm and comfortable during winter's peak, and it starts with avoiding these 5 common mistakes:
Not protecting outdoor pipes
Winterizing the home's water system is an absolute must. When water is left inside the pipes, it freezes and expands, causing the pipe to crack. By not winterizing the water system, homeowners could face costly repairs.
Not immediately removing icicles on the roof
The presence of icicles on the home's roof can have drastic implications. Most importantly, icicles indicate insufficient insulation in the attic. While insulating the attic would be the best long-term solution, it's essential to immediately remove the icicles before they cause significant water damage to the home's roof.
Not cleaning the gutters
Blocked rain gutters are often the last job on to-do lists, but during winter, pesky fall leaves are replaced with snow that quickly turns into solid ice. Ice buildup within the gutters can prevent the flow of melting snow, causing ice dams that can bring costly water damage to the home.
Not sealing cracks and/or air leaks
Cracks and air leaks are small, making it easy for them to go unnoticed within the walls and attic of a home. However, these small nuisances can account for a significant amount of energy waste in the home if left unsealed. Once found and sealed, the home's energy use is often reduced by up to 20%! Not only will sealing cracks and leaks save money, but the home will also stay significantly more comfortable.
Not inspecting the home before winter arrives to ensure adequate insulation is a common mistake made by homeowners. By simply insulating the home, homeowners can prevent many winter problems at once. Insulation can prevent freezing pipes, water damage from ice dams, and seal air leaks all while providing significant energy savings and comfort.
This winter, stop freezing and start saving with USA Insulation. Contact USA Insulation's team of insulation experts for a free in-home consultation.
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About USA Insulation:
USA Insulation is in the business of helping homeowners save thousands of dollars over the course of home ownership through the installation of high-quality residential home insulation. The U.S. Department of Energy's number one recommendation for reducing energy bills for heating & cooling is by adding insulation - to attic spaces, ceilings, interior walls and crawl spaces. USA Insulation offers the best solutions for home improvement dollars – including proprietary USA Premium Foam® injection foam that expands to fill all cracks and crevices. Air sealing services are also available to further reduce drafts. USA Insulation is dedicated to providing a superior product and service, resulting in satisfied customers nationwide.
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SOURCE USA Insulation