5 Tips to Increase Your Wisconsin Winter Home Comfort

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January 2, 2020

Wisconsin weather presents its own challenges to homeowners who are hoping to keep their living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and other rooms as comfortable as possible. When the snow starts to fall along with the temperatures here in Southeast Wisconsin, how can you upgrade the comfort of your home without breaking the bank each month on your heating bills?

At Wisconsin Home Improvement, our roots in making homes more energy efficient and comfortable reach all the way back to 1936, which means we know a thing or two about what will truly keep your home warm during another snow-coated Wisconsin winter. Here are our top 5 tips for increasing your Wisconsin winter home comfort.

1. Remove Your Old Insulation

In over 80 years in business here in Menomonee Falls, we have learned that the majority of homeowners fail to think about upgrading their insulation when it comes time to update their homes. But before you can update your insulation, it’s important to first remove any old, deteriorated insulation. Insulation is prone to becoming damaged during construction projects, moisture damage and mold growth, as well as pest infestations. Professional insulation removal provides a clean slate for your new insulation.

2. Crawlspace Insulation

Have you ever woken up on a cold winter morning, hit the snooze button a time or two, then finally mustered up the courage to get up and start the day only to put your feet down on a floor that feels like ice? This is a sure-fire way to start your day off on the wrong foot (pun intended). But what is to blame for these icy floors?

The culprit in this situation is right under your feet: the crawlspace. This area underneath your home can be prone to unseen deterioration of insulation as well as air leaks that allow the cold outdoor air to infiltrate your living space. Insulating your crawlspace and air sealing the area will ensure that you “rule your attic” and no longer have to deal with cold floors!

3. Floor Insulation

If cold floors are your worst nightmare, you may also be a good candidate for floor insulation. Not many homeowners realize this is even an option, since walls and attics are where most people think to insulate. But floor insulation can further prevent cold floors throughout a multi-level home and put an end to the heat transfer that can happen from room to room. Insulation acts as a shield against the transfer of heat, which means that it not only prevents heat from leaving your home in the winter but also keeps heat from infiltrating your home in the summer!

4. Attic Insulation

Ever had to deal with an ice dam on your roof? Ice dams not only cause your home to be unbearably uncomfortable but sneak money out of your wallet thanks to the water damage they cause.

Did you know that ice dams actually begin in the attic of all places? Deteriorated or insufficient attic insulation allows heat inside your home to escape through the materials that make up your attic and roof, which then melts the bottom layer of snow accumulation on your roof. That melted snow drains to the edge of the roof where temperatures are colder and refreezes. This is where the ice dam forms, preventing future moisture from properly draining and sending water back under the shingles and into your roof. Attic insulation is the most effective measure for ice dam prevention!

5. Home Performance Audit

Last but certainly not least — if you’re feeling lost as to which home comfort upgrade will provide the most benefits for your Wisconsin home, start with a professional home performance audit. This in-depth home assessment uses the latest in home performance diagnostic technology to accurately pinpoint the air leaks that are causing drafts, the poor insulation that is allowing heat to transfer freely, and any other areas that are proving problematic for your home comfort.

Insulation Isn’t Just for Winter!

Sure, the insulation in your home will keep you comfy and cozy all through the Wisconsin winter; but as we mentioned, it works both ways! Upgrading your insulation will also keep the heat out of your home in the summertime, providing year round benefits!

Keep your home comfortable all year round when you upgrade your insulation with the experts at Wisconsin Home Improvement. Call us at 262.345.9922 or contact us today.

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