Any roofing system has to have protection from water-related issues. This includes wind-driven rain, flowing water, ice dams, seepage and other water problems. A roofing underlayment system can be used to alleviate water concerns. The best product to use for these water concerns is an ice and water shield product.

Used under standard type roofing and conventional asphalt shingle, ice and water shield will effectively resist water penetration. Areas around vents, chimneys, skylights and valleys are also protected from water intrusion. Anywhere water tends to collect and flow can be kept safe from damage by using an ice and water shield product.

All the products function in the same general way. They keep water from seeping under your roof and doing damage to your roof, attic and even the interior of your home.


Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one in the yellow pages of your telephone directory under “chimney cleaning.”

Also, if you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.

Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. If you are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Check the...


Do you wish your utilities bills were costing you less each month? Air conditioning struggling to keep up? Do you have rooms in your home that are always colder or hotter than others?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, then it’s time for a free home energy inspection from Emerson Enterprises!

Everyone wants to reduce utility bill costs, save energy, and enjoy a more comfortable and efficient home. The most important thermal barrier in your home is the insulation in your attic. Almost 70% of a home’s energy loss is due to improper attic insulation and insufficient R-value. R- value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.

The Department of Energy recommends residential homes be at an R-value of R60. The amazing fact most homeowners are usually unaware of is there homes are built to code, or required minimums, and only hold a maximum R-value of R19! That means attics are under insulated by about 13 inches of insulation and costing homeowners thousands of dollars a year...


When considering adding insulation it is important to understand R-Value and the importance of the effectiveness of your home’s attic insulation, as well as what R-Value your home needs to avoid wasting energy spend.

Since your home loses most of the energy you pay for each month through the attic, having the right amount of insulation to keep that costly comfort in the home is paramount.


We live in a time with numerous options for our homes energy upgrades, but which one(s) are the best for you, your pocket book, and provide the best ROI? The list is seemingly limitless, including the following:

Replace High-Energy Appliances with More Efficient Versions Install a Programmable Thermostat Increase Attic Insulation to Department of Energy Recommendation Solar Panels Install New Doors and Windows (or Seal the Current Ones) Enhance Air Conditioning with Ceiling Fans Make the Water System More Efficient Improve the Lighting Replace Kitchen Equipment .

Prices for home energy efficiency improvement projects can range anywhere from $50 to $15,000+, depending on the specific scope and home. Many options for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency are not easy either. Some projects require contractor’s expertise when DIY is not practical. Many sources on the web will tell one to get an energy audit as well, which isn’t a bad idea, but costs money and will likely point you to areas which are already known to need an upgraded, such as the insulation in the...


No one looks forward to spring-cleaning. But think how much better your house will feel when it’s done! Here are a few tips from the pros to make it efficient and effective.

1. Have roof flashing, caulking, shingles inspected in preparation for the spring storms. Check for continuity of shingles on the planes of the roof and on the ridges. The areas with flashing should be tight and sealed with some type of approved roofing sealant applied.

2. Inspect caulking around windows, doors, and any openings into the home. Many times during the cold season windows and doors will slightly separate from the frame. This can be remedied with an application of external silicone caulking or sealant. Clear silicone may be used to seal under door thresholds and stained wood frames.

3. Change your ceiling fan’s direction. In the summer you want your ceiling fans to blow air down to give the room a breeze and make it feel cooler. This is the opposite of the winter and running a ceiling fan can make a room feel cooler while leaving...


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We get this question a lot and there are several answers, but we’ll start with the most apparent and disappointing one – Builders only build to minimum code and don’t care about energy bills unless they live in the home themselves. That’s right, because a home builder will never pay an energy bill of a home they build, why would they do anything more than the minimum required amount of attic insulation?

First, let’s discuss code requirements, briefly. In most cities and states, there are requirements for aspects of commercial and residential building codes that are required. Cities will adopt a version of the IRC they choose, then choose to enforce or not enforce codes found in the IRC handbook. Essentially, the city municipality decides if they want code requirements, which codes they like, then if they want to enforce them or not. Lots of grey area there…