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Top 5 Signs of an Under-Insulated Attic & How It’s Costing You

under-insulation-attic-all-weather-kcHaving a home that is adequately insulated means it stays toasty in the winter, cool in the summer, and your electric bills remain reasonable all year long. However, almost 90% of homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, which means many homeowners have been left in the cold regarding this issue  

Luckily, the experts at All-Weather can add the correct amount of insulation to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, but first you’ll need to determine if your attic is under-insulated. Here are the top five warning signs to look for:

Your Home Is Always Chilly

If you find yourself blasting the heat but your home remains chilly and uncomfortable, this could be a strong sign that your attic is under-insulated. This is especially true if your upstairs is particularly chilly. If your attic is properly insulated, that insulation will help when the heat emitted by your furnace rises to the ceiling by pushing it back down to heat your home. If there isn’t enough insulation, the heat will escape into the attic and out through your roof instead.

Related Read: 6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet For Winter

You Upgraded Your Doors and Windows But It’s Still Drafty

Old, inefficient doors and windows that don’t fit properly can be a major cause of drafty homes, as well as heat and cooling loss (and they come with high electric bills to show for it). If you’ve recently upgraded or repaired your doors and windows, but your home is still cold and drafty, chances are that inadequate insulation could be the culprit.

Related Read: Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Replace Patio Doors

Your Insulation Is Old & Dirty Looking

Sometimes the best way to determine if you need new insulation is to head up to the attic and look around. Insulation settles over time. Over many years, your formerly pristine insulation will get dirty, worn down, and old looking. This can be a sign that you need to add a layer of fresh insulation to ensure its energy efficiency.

Snow Melts off Your Roof Very Quickly

Have you noticed that snow melts off of your roof right away, while it remains on your neighbors’ roofs much longer? This could be due to under-insulation. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, the heat that escapes through your attic and roof will quickly melt any snow that’s fallen. Not only will this allow the cold into your home, this can turn into a serious issue. Snow that rapidly melts can refreeze on your eaves and cause leaks and ice dams which majorly damage your roof.

Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed

Without enough insulation in your attic, you need to pump more and more heat or air conditioning through your home to maintain a basic degree of comfort. You will see this clearly reflected in your out-of-control electric bills.

Related Read: 3 Common Causes of a Drafty Home & How to Spot Them

Let the team at All-Weather get to the root of your winter weather worries! Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 for an insulation inspection.

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Save Money & Fight Breast Cancer With Wincore Replacement Windows

wincore-windows-give-back-breast-cancer-research-all-weather-kcThere are so many choices in window replacements, but think about how convenient it would be to choose a brand that saves you money, gives back to a great cause, and keeps you cozy all winter long. Well, All-Weather can give you all of that with Wincore Windows! Continue reading to see just how much you can benefit from having these top-of-the-line windows installed by the experts at All-Weather.

If You Want It All, Choose Wincore Windows

All-Weather offers the latest in window technology with Wincore replacement windows. These windows have contoured vinyl frames, which means you can still achieve the traditional look of wood trim while also choosing a product that is maintenance-free, durable, and truly weather-proof.

The Cozy Factor

With ultra-high performance glass, a home protected with Wincore Windows will have the ultimate cozy atmosphere. Wincore Windows offer features like triple-paned glass, which are sealed airtight with insulating gas to fill the space between panes. One of the many features that gives Wincore Windows an energy-efficiency rating worthy of the Department of Energy’s approval and the Energy Star seal.

Related Read: 6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet For Winter

The Money-Saving Factor

After upgrading to Wincore, homeowners will first realize their savings when they see the utility bills start to drop. But the savings don’t stop there! By choosing Wincore products bearing the Energy Star seal, homeowners may also qualify for certain tax credits. That could mean hundreds of dollars back in your pocket just by making the right choice with Wincore!

Related Read: 4 Money-Saving Features to Look for When Choosing New Windows

The Charity Factor

Wincore Windows not only believes in tough, reliable products, they also believe in the strong people who are battling breast cancer. A portion of all Wincore product sales are committed to nonprofits that support breast cancer research. By choosing Wincore Windows from All-Weather, you can give back to a great cause while also choosing the best products for your home.

The Convenience Factor

The All-Weather team does it all: doors, windows, and siding. We provide service under a single umbrella, which means the ultimate convenience for our loyal customers. Contact us today and get everything you want: the very best in products, service, giving, savings, and convenience.

Schedule an appointment online, or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 to talk with an expert at All-Weather. We’d love to help with all your window, door, and siding needs!

 

 

Kansas City Replacement Windows for Winter

6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet For Winter

Winter is around the corner, which means now is the best time to prepare your home for the upcoming colder months. Our winter savings and comfort checklist will help you lower your utility bills, protect your house, and keep your family warm all season long. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Fix Inadequate Insulation

not enough attic insulationHaving an attic that is poorly insulated results in high energy bills (did you know over 90% of homes in the US are under-insulated.) Adding more insulation to your attic can save you money on your utility bills, prevent ice dams, and keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

Related Read: 3 Common Causes of a Drafty Home & How to Spot Them

2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Here’s a great tip if your ceiling fans are equipped with a reverse switch. Once you’ve turned your furnace on for the winter, use your fan’s reverse switch to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction. This will create an updraft and push down the warm air from the ceiling into the room. This is especially helpful if your home has high ceilings!

3. Check Your Roof and Gutters

removing leaves from guttersLook for damaged, missing or loose shingles and have them repaired as soon as possible. This will prevent leakage during a winter storm or from melting snow. Additionally, remove any leaves, pine needles or other debris from your roof as this promotes deterioration of the shingles.

Don’t forget to clean the gutters as well! A clogged gutter will cause water to back up on the house, damaging your roof, siding, and wood trim. A gutter full of debris can also cause ice dams and leakage.

4. Check Windows and Doors

window replacement for winter in kansas cityCheck the upper and lower sash of all windows, including storm windows, to make sure they are locked. This may seem obvious, but many homeowners forget to lock their windows and sometimes even to close them. This can result in extremely high energy bills and safety issues.

Another important step is to thoroughly clean your window sills and weep holes. Closing windows with debris in the sills can damage the window and leave small gaps for cold air to come in. Now is also the ideal time to clean the outdoor glass on your windows before it gets too cold to do so. This will also allow more sunlight to shine through, which will aid in warming your home throughout the cold winter months.

Check your doors for drafts. Since doors expand in the heat and contract in the cold, small gaps can occur in the winter, allowing cold air to come in and warm air to go out. If you can’t seem to find where the cold is coming from, turn off the lights in your home during the day and check for light coming through around the edges of your door. If light is coming through, chances are that’s where the cold is coming in as well. The best way to solve this issue is to replace the door altogether.

Related Read: Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Replace Patio Doors

5. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

This is something every homeowner should do at this time of year! During a tune-up, a licensed technician will make small adjustments, such as lubricating moving parts, inspecting and cleaning condensate drains, and testing the unit’s starting capabilities. Small problems can be detected before they turn into larger, more expensive repairs. Regular maintenance also leads to fewer unexpected breakdowns.

6. Call a Chimney Sweep

A professional chimney sweep will ensure your chimney and vents are clean and in good condition. This will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. They’ll also make sure your chimney isn’t letting in cold air, which will reduce your utility bills and increase comfort!

For more information regarding replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and insulation, please contact All-Weather today!

 

 

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Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Replace Patio Doors

deck-patio-door-replacement-all-weather-kcIt’s getting chilly outside, which means the last thing on your mind is a party on the patio. However, right now is the perfect time to think about your patio doors. Why? All-Weather is here to explain.

Related Read: 3 Common Causes of a Drafty Home & How to Spot Them

Keep the Snowstorm Outdoors

Trying to keep your home warm and cozy is hard enough, but imagine your worn out patio door getting stuck, wide open, on a cold snowy day. While your doors may have slid along the track breezily during the summer months, once the harsh cold sets in things may get a bit sticky. Replace your outdated patio doors now to ensure you don’t get stuck in the cold this winter.

Save Money & Energy

One way you can save a bundle on utility bills is by installing an updated energy-efficient patio door. The U.S. Department of Energy advises modern glass doors with updated metal frames that feature a “thermal break.” This is an insulator constructed between the inner and outer part of the frame. Special coatings can also improve energy efficiency.

You may think to yourself, “My patio door looks great! I don’t need to replace it.” But it’s not just the glass that keeps the cold out and the warmth in. It’s also the weatherstripping. As weatherstripping ages it becomes cracked and worn. The seal becomes less effective, which means old patio doors will become vents letting out the warm air and allowing in the cold. Put a new patio door on your winterizing to-do list.

Update the Little Things

sliding-patio-door-replacement-repair-all-weather-kcThere are many ways to update a patio door in order to have it operating well during winter weather. You can replace rollers, screens, and glass. However, if you have a door that is difficult to open and close, it is best to replace it altogether to avoid a larger issue down the road.

Related Read: 4 Reasons to Replace Your Entry Door This Holiday Season

Opt for Professional Installation

Your patio door is the only thing standing between your warm home and the extreme cold outdoors, which is why it’s important to hire a professional for installation. Trust the certified professionals at All-Weather to replace your patio door this winter.

Contact us online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 for your free patio door estimate. And for more helpful tips on keeping your home warm this winter, check out our blog!

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