Under the Roof: Cold mornings a reminder of effects of poor insulation

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As we woke up during a recent January morning, we realized, just every so often the cold temperatures of winter effects even Southwest Florida.

The temperature outside was in the high 30's, add in the wind blowing it felt much colder.  Even inside the temperature was not that comfortable, causing some of us to bundle up. The cool temperatures inside our homes remind us that our homes are not well insulated and overnight our homes got cold. Luckily in Southwest Florida, the days of cold temperatures are not a common occurrence.

The cool temperatures we experienced recently are most often replaced by endless days of heat. We may not notice the heat as much because we become accustomed to the weather and our air-conditioner is often running on full blast, charging up our energy use. If you awoke this weekend and your house was cold, remember more often it’s hot and our poorly insulated homes cost us money.

So, what do we do? In earlier articles, we wrote, how increasing the insulation in your attic is one of the best, simple investments all homeowners should do. There are truly very few investments which have an almost immediate ROI and will keep paying you back.

Depending on the age of your home and the quality of your windows and doors you may experience cold air blowing into your home. Adding or repairing the weather-stripping is another one of those simple projects almost any of us can do ourselves which doesn’t cost a lot of money yet will help to lower your energy bills every month while making our home more comfortable. A couple of hours of work after a trip to the local hardware store and you can increase the energy efficiency of your home by better sealing the envelope of your home.

We noted before, if your windows are more than 10 to 12 years old, they are likely costing you money. If you felt cold air in certain parts of your home more than other sections, it is probably because of inefficient or leaky windows. Remember again, most of the year we are dealing with heat, and you might be tolerant of it or be resigned to the fact that staying comfortable cost money.

Replacing your windows and doors is not a small decision; in fact, it may likely cost more than $10,000 or even more for larger homes. In Florida, you will likely receive a discount from your insurance company, and you will save money every month on your utility bill. You will also increase the security of your home, most new windows will be impact rated, so you get hurricane protection and added security. New more efficient windows will have a significant ROI and will pay for themselves in many ways in a few years.

I hope you found this information to be entertaining and informative. We hope you will come back for future tips and ideas for your home. But for now, we want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

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- About the Author: Brian Rist is the President & CEO of The Smart Companies, of which Storm Smart is the largest subsidiary.

Brian is recognized as an industry expert in developing innovative hurricane protection products. He is licensed as a Certified General Contractor, Building Inspector, Aluminum Contractor, Mobile Home Installation Contractor, Lead Abatement Removal Contractor and as a Certified Hurricane Shelter Evaluator.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your home’s readiness for the upcoming hurricane season, contact Storm Smart for answers, tips, and recommendations.