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Let’s face it — the holidays are over, things are getting back to normal. Many people set out to make changes in their personal and professional lives around this time of year, but what about home performance? One of the most important things to focus on in 2015 is making a home more energy efficient. Perhaps you were too busy last year and didn’t have the time to achieve your energy efficiency goals. Don’t worry, this is your year!

With the holidays fast approaching, many people simply try to keep things from falling off the rails. This is especially true when it comes to hosting family, in which case you'll want to do everything possible to keep them warm and comfortable. We've all heard of home heating emergencies that occur throughout the holiday season, and keeping them at bay can be easier said than done. Still, there are a number of things you can keep in mind if you want your home to be warm and comfortable.

Anyone who has ever experienced pipes freezing within their home knows just how stressful this scenario can be. Turning on the shower to find that it barely even drips or discovering that your sink won’t turn on can be scary, making it impossible to get on with the day without fixing the issue at hand. What’s worse is that frozen pipes can burst if not fixed in short order, causing water damage and promoting the chances of mold growth.

For a lot of New Jersey homeowners, the importance of saving on energy bills grows ever present when winter approaches. Cold temperatures are already here, and knowing which steps to take in order to ensure that heating bills don’t go through the roof this winter is essential to moving forward in an intelligent manner. The first step towards making changes is to conduct a home energy audit.

NJ homeowners that place a strong focus on energy efficiency and home performance often find themselves hearing about air-sealing. Air-sealing is one of the best ways to increase a home’s energy efficiency, and to ignore its importance would be irresponsible. All this being said, many people wonder whether or not a home can actually be air-sealed too tightly, and it’s a good question to ask. Air flow can indeed play a major role in the health and safety of a home, as it helps to remove contaminants.

No matter how your try to cut it, there’s no getting around the fact that the cold temperatures are here to stay for the next handful of months. New Jersey winters may not be the worst in the world, but they can be downright cold and make for uncomfortable living conditions. There are a number of things that homeowners start noticing this time of year, and drafty windows rank up towards the top of the list.

dryer vent

Every once in a while, dryer-related warning signs pop-up that can serve as indications that something might be going awry. Perhaps your clothes aren’t getting quite as dry as usual or your socks have started coming out of the dryer soaking wet. These may seem like harmless annoyances, but they could be an indication that you have a dryer vent full of dangerous, flammable lint and other materials from the dryer. Sitting back and allowing the problem to continue, then, is simply not an option. 

Issues Associated with Clogged Dryer Vents 

It’s no secret that New Jersey sees its fair share of storms. This is especially true during late fall, as tropical storms and nor’easters can rage with reckless abandon and often without a great deal of warning. As a result, power outages are common with untamed storms.

Insulation Contractor

Take a look at the modern landscape of heating and cooling companies, and it’s quite clear that the industry is loaded with dependable, highly skilled contractors. Many people trust their HVAC companies with the health, safety and comfort of their homes, and for good reason. Installing a high-quality heating and cooling system, after all, can have a major impact on a home’s comfort levels.

This being said, if your HVAC company isn’t taking a “whole-home” approach, you may end up spending more money long-term than you have to.

When it comes to the health and safety of your family, your home is a indeed a contributor.