This is how the new law will affect you. Congress and the Department of Energy have decided they do not want any 80 percent furnaces installed after May 1, 2013. If you have a 80% now and you do nothing besides routine yearly maintenance, then you should be fine. If you are paying for service calls more than once a year, you may want to replaced. You can still replace it with a 80 until May 2013. The ones that are hoping to get one more year out of it will be the main ones affected.
The differences in the systems is dramatic, the 90 percent-plus systems will save you money on your electric and gas bills, so they definitely are a benefit to you, however the installation will cost more, due to retrofitting, depending on the water heater. If you have a finished basement this could be costly to get the pipes to the outside.
How do you tell if you have a 80% furnace?
Do you have pvc pipes coming through a wall to the outside, then this is a 90%.
You have a metal pipe coming through your roof, then this a 80%.
If you would like us to evaluate your furnace and give you a idea of the savings please give us a call 815-756-9779.
Air sealing is one of the most significant energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home. Air sealing will not just reduce energy costs; it will also improve your home's comfort and durability. Any air sealing efforts will complement your insulation efforts, and vice versa. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation, and vice versa.
Air leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. It can also let the warm air out of your house. I am geeky when it comes to this. I am always scanning roofs when there is a heavy frost.
Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment.
It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation because it can't be controlled. During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house. When it's warmer and less windy, not enough air may enter. Air infiltration also can contribute to problems with moisture control. Moldy and dusty air can enter a leaky house through such areas as attics or foundations. This air in the house could cause health problems
Typically September, homeowners start thinking about getting their house ready for the holiday entertaining. Sometimes this can be too late, or cause a rush. Most remodelers will have a back log and will need time to work with you on the details of your project.
Planning with a remodeling contractor can take between 2-4 weeks depending on the project. If it is a basic bathroom fixture update, or kitchen update it would be the shorter time frame. The time frame for this could be as quick as a week to get completed.
A major remodel such as a total kitchen remodel with new cabinets, flooring, and counters can take 4 or more weeks for planning alone. Time frame for the project can take 6 weeks. Granite, quartz, or solid surface counters will have to be templated after the cabinets are in, so this takes a week or so.
Also, in the Northern climates the cooler fall air reminds us that maybe the windows should be replaced. Remember that it could take up to 3 weeks to get windows from when they are ordered, plus the time to have your contractor install them.
Some contractors will also have a special or discount in January, since this is typically a slower month, and also you will not have to worry about all the stress of planning your holidays and your project!
Often times as a homeowner we think of our windows as being the source of air or water leakage. The exterior doors often get forgotten. The way doors are made now could be a great improvement to your comfort level in the house.
One of the biggest challenges are the side jambe start to deteriorate where it meets the sill. In most cases this is due to the jambs running past the sill and it basically sits in water. The fix for this is to take the out and install replacement jambs. This could be doing damage to you r sill on under your door without you knowing it.
Sometimes it is better to replace the door than repair it. The weatherstrips are better, the door materials are better, and there are many options for a nice update.
When looking at a new door, check to see if the door and frame are from the same company. Many doors are made by one vendor and the frames and sill by another vendor, and assembled by another vendor.
Also check to see if you can get the exterior clad. This can be done in the factory or by the installer by custom formed aluminum cladding made on site.