Why Insulation Matters in Your Southern Ohio Home

As an Ohio homeowner, you probably already know that insulation is important, but do you know why? Insulation plays a big role in helping you keep your home environment comfortable while also helping you save energy and minimize your monthly heating and cooling bills. Below, we’ll talk a little bit more about insulation and why you need to ensure that you have proper insulation in your Southern Ohio home.

What is Insulation? And How Does It Work?

Your home insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow in your home. This material helps you keep your home more comfortable throughout the year. No matter what type of insulation you use, all materials work the same way. Insulation traps tiny air pockets that slow the movement of heat out of the house in the winter, helping keep your home environment warmer, and it slows the movement of heat into the house during the summer when you are trying to keep your home cooler.

Insulation is rated based on its R-value, which depends on how effective your insulation is at slowing this movement of heat. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is and the better it will be at helping you lower your energy bills. However, insulation must be installed correctly if you want to reap the full benefits of its R-value, and thus enjoy energy efficiency. Poorly installed insulation can actually make your energy efficiency worse, so it’s important that you hire a professional to ensure that your insulation is installed properly. An insulation professional can also provide guidance on which types of materials are best used to insulate your home based on your home comfort needs and budget.

Where to Insulate in Your Home

Now that you know how insulation works and why it’s vital to energy efficiency, let’s discuss where in your home needs to be insulated for maximum impact. The common areas that the U.S. Department of Energy recommends for insulation are:

  • Attic – unfinished attic spaces, attic access door, finished attic rooms, ceilings and cold spaces above attic
  • Exterior walls – walls between living spaces, foundation walls above ground level, foundation walls in heated basements
  • Floors above cold spaces – vented crawl spaces, unheated garages, slab floors built directly on the ground
  • Replacement or Storm windows – caulk and seal cracks and gaps around all windows and doors
  • Air Ducts – insulate the air ducts in your home that are in unconditioned spaces

As mentioned before, it’s important that you hire a professional to install any insulation in your home if you want to make sure that your home is properly insulated and you are able to enjoy the full benefits of energy efficiency.

Cincinnati Air Duct Sealing

Not sure if your air ducts are sealed properly? The experienced HVAC team at Hader Solutions provides quality Cincinnati air duct sealing using Aeroseal. Call today to find out how air duct sealing can help you save more money, improve air quality, and optimize your home comfort: (513) 612-9201.

 

 

5 Great Outdoor Fall Projects You Can Do in Just One Day

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Ohio. Not to mention, there are so many fun fall activities in Cincinnati for the whole family to enjoy. However, it’s important that you prepare your home for the colder winter months ahead if you want to keep you and your family comfortable until Spring. Now is the best time to start those home improvement projects that you’ve avoided all summer and make sure that your home is ready for the Cincinnati winter. We’ve taken the time to put together a quick list of great outdoor fall projects that you can do around your home in just one day to get it ready for heating season.

Quick and Affordable Fall Home Projects

Home improvement doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Check out our list below for a variety of fun outdoor projects that you can take on this fall without breaking the bank or spending all your time working hard to get your home ready for winter:

  1. Paint your front door.

Your door is the first thing that friends, family, and other visitors see when they approach your home. If your front door paint is peeling or looks dirty, it could give off the wrong impression. Painting your front door can help you transform the look of your home in just one hour’s time. It’s also a fairly affordable improvement that you can make without too much hassle.

  1. Clean or replace your air filters.

This is another quick project that’s easy to do and quite affordable. Changing your air filter only takes a matter of minutes, but it can certainly work wonders for your indoor air quality. We recommend checking your HVAC system filter once a month and then replacing or cleaning the air filter when it becomes dirty or clogged. This will help you maintain indoor air quality while also allowing your heater to run more efficiently.

  1. Clean and store your outdoor tools and furniture.

Once the temperatures start to drop, the colder weather can really do a number to your outdoor tools and furniture. It’s best to store these items away at the end of fall to prevent any damage to them during the colder winter months.

  1. Trim tree branches.

This is another quick project that can change the look of your home in just a few hours. Trimming any dead tree limbs can help prevent them from falling down and causing damage to your home during a winter storm or even harming a person. Trimming limbs regularly can help keep your trees healthier while making your yard look a bit more organized.

  1. Aerate your lawn.

Though this may not be a project that provides immediate results, it is a perfect maintenance project to do in fall before the temperatures start to drop too much. Aerating your lawn helps moisture and nutrients get into the roots so that the plants can stay healthy and get their nutrition all winter long.

Quality HVAC Services in Cincinnati

If you’re living in the Cincinnati area and need help getting your HVAC system ready for the colder winter weather, it’s time to call in the experts at Hader Solutions. Our team of experienced and certified HVAC technicians have been providing trusted home comfort solutions since 1883. Whether you need a routine fall HVAC tune-up or you want to replace your furnace before the heating season has arrived, contact us today for fast, friendly, and convenient services. Call now to make an appointment: (513) 612-9201.

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Fall has arrived in Ohio and that means cold weather is on its way! With colder weather comes the potential for drafts, snow damage, energy loss and more. We’ve gathered together a list of tasks that are smart to take care of during the autumn months, so that you can prevent any home related problems from cropping up during the wintertime.

Don’t forget the importance of preparing your home for the impending winter season. Take a look at our helpful fall maintenance checklist, which will help guide you through all the important chores you should complete before extreme weather hits.

Fall Home Maintenance

 

Duct Sealing

Your home is a major investment, so don’t neglect it. Ductwork is a vital part of many home’s HVAC systems, but is often overlooked. Fall is the perfect time to consider having your ducts sealed, which will ensure your heating system works at its peak efficiency. This service will also give you a reduction in indoor air pollution and an increase in home energy efficiency. For more information, give us a call at (513) 612-9201.

5 Creative Ways to Disguise a Thermostat

Most homes have an unattractive thermostat that, due to the nature of the device, is recommended to be mounted in plain sight, in a common room, at eye level. This makes it pretty easy to notice the unsightly device, and potentially make you yearn to have it gone. Getting rid of this incredibly functional device isn’t exactly an option, so the best solution is to find a smart and attractive way to cover up the device on your wall. Disguising the unit won’t make it go away, exactly, but it will be out of sight.

If you really dislike the look of your current thermostat, you could always invest in a new streamlined model, such as a smart thermostat or other modern programmable thermostat. But, if you’re not looking to spend a lot of money on an upgrade, you have several options. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cover up that extremely essential eyesore.

Floating Shelving

Install floating shelving on the wall where your thermostat is housed. Use knick-knacks and leaning paintings to cover up the thermostat and distract the eye from the device. This will also add a bit of depth and intrigue to a possibly otherwise uninteresting space.

Camouflage Gallery Style

Use a thick “gallery style” painting (aim for a canvas that is at least 2.5 inches thick) to cover up the thermostat and add a bit of design to your space. You can purchase a premade work of art, or DIY one! Art supply stores carry canvases in various sizes. Check out Pinterest for some great tips and tricks on how to DIY a painting fast!

Frame It!

It may seem eccentric, but sometimes the best way to distract from an eyesore is to call attention to it. Find a decorative ornamental frame from a craft store, a thrift store, or antique shop and use it to frame your thermostat. Add several more paintings and art with decorative frames to make the thermostat blend right in.

Two Way Mirror

This is a smart and useful way to cover up your thermostat. Buy a classy looking mirror, just big enough to cover the thermostat, and attach a swing hinge to the side, so that you can easily access the thermostat. This can also be done with artwork and or photographs of family, pets, or friends.

Block It, But Let It Breathe

An important consideration to keep in mind with covering your thermostat is to make sure that air from the room is able to circulate around the device so that it can take a proper temperature reading. One simple way to do this is to place a tall plant stand under the thermostat, and use a large leafy plant, like a yucca or fern, to cover the device on the wall.

 

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Eco-Friendly Summertime Ideas for Your Home

This summer, go greener at home. You don’t need to invest in a ton of expensive energy saving equipment to reap the rewards that come with a more sustainable living space, you can get started today! With just a few simple tweaks to your living space, you’ll be enjoying a more eco-friendly home in no time.

In this post, we’ve listed several great ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly this summer. With these easy to implement ideas, you can make your home greener and your energy usage lighter. Read on to find out how you can become more environmentally friendly and save money on energy costs at home.

Eco-Friendly Home Tips

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For an even more eco-friendly home, consider having a home energy appraisal. We at Hader Heating, Cooling, and Roofing Company have professionally trained technicians perform these appraisals, where we help you discover the very best energy improvements for you and your home’s needs. We also offer excellent incentives that help owners qualify for the best pricing. For more details, give us a call: (513) 612-9201

The Ultimate Guide to Weatherproofing

Your home is most likely where you spend the majority of your time; and because of this, energy costs in your home can quickly add up. This is why weatherproofing is so crucial. If your home has gaps, or leaks air to the outside elements, then your home will undoubtedly require more energy to heat or cool. This can have an impact not only on the environment but also your wallet.

Ultimate Guide to Weatherproofing

Follow these simple guidelines to make sure the temperature in your home is comfortable, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

Weather-stripping Works

Most air leaks in the home happen around windows, attic entryways, and around exterior doors and outlets. Applying weather-stripping to these areas can be an effective way to keep outdoor elements from entering into your home. Depending on the type of air leak, you’ll want to consider your weather-stripping options:

  • Compression weather-stripping is an excellent and durable choice for sealing paneled or “sashed” windows as well as doors that swing open.
  • Foam weather-stripping works well for sliding doors, typical windows, or doors that swing open.
  • Door bottom or threshold weather-stripping, as the name suggests, is for sealing the areas at the bottoms of exterior doors.
  • V-shaped weather-stripping strips are generally vinyl or bronze and form a “v” seal when the door or window is closed.

Caulk It Up

Experts estimate that a typical home has many small air leaks around windows and doors that can add up to the equivalent of one open window. That certainly isn’t very energy efficient during severe weather! Luckily, it is an easy thing to fix. Using a caulking gun is both easy and effective in combatting air leaks around your home. An easy way to check for air leaks is to run a lit candle or incense stick around exterior walls where you suspect a draft. If the flame flickers or the incense smoke moves suddenly in a certain area, then you’ve got an air leak that needs sealed.

Caulk leaks around the floor of your home first, paying particular attention to areas with air leak potential, such as dryer vents, cable and internet wiring, and attic doors and windows; then work your way up. Invest in a high quality caulk and fill any small gaps or replace older caulking that may be chipped or cracked.

Draw the Curtains

This is an effective and inexpensive way to add more energy efficiency to your home’s windows without investing in costly new windows for your home. Hang heavy drapes to seal off all windows in your home during the winter months, particularly in rooms that go unused or are extra drafty despite weather-stripping and caulking.

Draft Stoppers Can Help

Insulate your home’s exterior doors a bit better by adding draft stoppers to the bottoms of the doors. You may have seen these sold at department stores disguised as cute animals like snakes or giraffes, but they are simple to DIY as well. Even if your door has threshold weather-stripping, an extra layer of protection from a draft stopper can aid in keeping your home even more energy efficient.

Insulate Your Home and Don’t Forget the Ductwork!

The most effective way to protect the interior of your home from the outside elements is to make sure that it is properly insulated. Everywhere in our home should be insulated, and it’s especially important to have proper attic and roof insulation.

Leaky ductwork can create problems that will make it very difficult for your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature within your home. The experts at Hader can help. We offer comprehensive assessments on your home’s insulation and can also assess how well your current ductwork is sealed. Give us a call today to find out more about how our comprehensive home assessments can help make your home more energy efficient and adequately guarded against the elements.

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