How to Protect Your Home from Ice Dams

Ice dams form when the warm air inside your home escapes into the attic, heating the roof and melting the snow on it. The resulting water streams toward the cold gutters and eaves and refreezes upon contact. After some time, this thawing and refreezing process results in ice buildup, or ice dams. Not only are these ice dams dangerous to anyone walking outside of your home, but they can also damage your attic, walls, and ceilings. Goshen, Indiana can experience very cold winters. It is therefore very important that you protect your home from ice dams.

Insulation

When you properly insulate your home, you stop heat from escaping into the attic. Fiberglass, which many of today’s home builders use as insulation, works well at minimizing the heat that escapes through the ceiling. Additionally, insulation levels are determined by geographic location and expressed in R-values. The R-value represents a material’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the value, the better the insulating power.

Ventilation

When you properly ventilate your home, you remove any heat that might gather in your attic and prevent snow from melting on the roof. Two of the most common ways to make sure that excess moisture and heat can escape to the outside is through a mechanical ventilation system, an electric fan on the roof that runs according to temperature and humidity levels; and natural ventilation, such as a ridge vent.

Waterproofing

When you waterproof your home, you prevent leaks from causing damage to the inside of your home. Whether you are building a new home or re-roofing your old one, you should consider installing waterproof shingle underlay before applying the shingles. This will help to protect your home from leaks that might develop in the outer roofing material.

Now that you know what causes dams to form, you can start to implement measures to protect your home. For more information about these formations, or any other area of concern during the winter, contact your HVAC professionals at Rex’s Heating and Cooling today at 574-538-2022. We can provide the services you need to keep your home safe and comfortable this winter.

Surviving the Humid Summer

A scoop of ice cream, a swim in the pool, or a stroll down the freezer aisle at the grocery store, are fun ways to keep yourself cool during the hot and humid summer months. Summer won’t be much fun, however, if those are the only ways you will be keeping cool. If your home’s air conditioning system is making your summer miserable, here are few ways to combat that indoor humidity so you won’t have to sweat the summer away.

Focus on Your Home’s Ventilation

One of the biggest dangers of high humidity levels in your home is the possibility of mold growth and the health problems that can result. A very effective way to combat this is to ventilate your home in the right places, and in the right ways to help manage indoor air quality, and AC efficiency.

  • Spot Ventilation. This type of ventilation draws air from a specific location, like a bathroom or a kitchen, and exhausts it out of the home. Make sure all these rooms have an exterior exhaust fan. TIP: Remember to turn on the bathroom fan during a shower and for about 45 minutes afterward.
  • Dilution Ventilation. This type of ventilation focuses on your entire living space. How your home’s air is exchanged between the indoor and outdoor environment and how it is cleaned, help to determine the success of dilution. To maximize your efficiency, ensure your HVAC system has a filtration feature and that your ducts are properly sealed.

Invest in a State-of-the-Art Dehumidifier

To help with AC-efficiency, consider investing in a state-of-the-art dehumidifier. Many new models operate quietly, helping you maintain that peaceful home environment. With lower humidity levels and fewer dust particles, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool your home and filter its air. As a result, you will save you money on your utility bill and reduce the need for HVAC repairs.

Seek Professional Advice From Experienced Experts

If you are interested in learning more about AC-efficiency as well as covering all your bases where indoor air quality is concerned, contact your experienced HVAC experts. A professional will be able to inspect of all your equipment, from the thermostat to the ducts – ensuring your home is armed and ready for Indiana’s heat waves.

For more information about making your home more comfortable, whether it means upgrading your thermostat or maintaining your HVAC system, give us a call at (547) 538-2022. We are here to help you stay cool and comfortable.