Keep the Cold Air from Sneaking into your Warm Home


There's no secret when it comes to surviving this cold, keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

"Your furnace is running too often. You're feeling drafts. You feel the cold," Kevin Noel, owner and president of Home Insulation Company in Rosthschild, said.

Noel said the sneaky cold makes its way in anyway, even if you have a newer home.

"We get into homes that are only two years old that need help," Noel said.

That's when insulation saves the day or can ruin your winter.

"The reason the windows feel drafty is because the heat is escaping out of the attic," Noel said.

But knowing where the heat is escaping to or sneaking in can be tricky. So Home Insulation Company uses a special tool to get exact results.

They use an infrared camera to detect heat loss in your home.

"It shows that this door is 54 degrees, as opposed to the wall, that is 68 degrees," Kevin's son and company assistant manager Bennett Noel said. "So this would show a lack of insulation."

The tool tells them exactly where insulation needs to take place, which is different than in the older days when Kevin worked with his father when he started the business 75 years ago.

Kevin said before you rush to replace your windows, seal your attic. This is because when heat rises, it pulls the cold air in from the sides which would be through your windows or doors.

"If we seal the leaks up high, It'll take care of the leaks down low," Kevin Noel said.

Getting an insulation check in your home is free, and if you follow through with the job, Kevin said you can save around 50 to 70 percent on your energy bill.

"It always pays to insulate. Always," Kevin Noel said. "Right now we're feeling the effects of extreme cold temperature, but in six months we'll be feeling really hot and insulating against that."

So for now, freezing weather, you can try sneak in our homes.

Kevin Noel also said there's a program called Focus on Energy where it offers 33 percent of insulation costs up to $1,250, which can come in handy when insulation jobs can cost you from $1,000-$5,000.


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