Insulating Your Home’s Exterior for the Warm Summer Months Ahead

We tend to think of insulation as something we do to keep heat inside our homes, but the fact is, it’s nearly as important to keep “the cool” inside during the summer months. According to www.energy.gov, heat consistently flows from warmer to cooler—however it can manage it: through interior ceilings, walls and floors—wherever there is a difference in temperature. So, in summer’s soaring heat while your air conditioner is cranking away, the warmer outside air is like a persistent intruder, constantly looking for ways to break into your house.

As we transition from winter into spring, now would be a perfect time to look at ways to keep the refreshing cool air from escaping your home, replaced by the baking temperatures of summer.

Caulking and weatherstripping are two easy and effective air-sealing techniques. Caulking fills cracks and openings around stationary elements such as window frames, while weatherstripping addresses and seals components that move, such as doors and operable windows.

Your home probably already has double-pane windows, but if not, this would be an excellent time to install the low-emissivity types. Window-tinting, particularly on west- and south-facing panes can also assist in both keeping warm air outside in the summer and cold air outside in the winter.

An equally effective means of insulating your home is to plant shrubbery or trees in front of those same west- and south-facing windows. Of course, the challenge there is that it will take a few years for these to grow tall enough to do the job; but when they are fully matured, greenery provides not only efficient protection against heat- and coolant-loss, it lends beauty to your home, as well. So even while you employ other, more immediate means of keeping your house’s temperature moderated, consider these longer-term gardening measures, as well.

Perhaps the biggest culprit when it comes to energy-loss (warm or cold) is your attic. Attics can be black holes, sucking up heat in the winter months, and hoarding cooler air in warmer ones. The reasons for this can be numerous—the space is unfinished, there are gaps around pipes, flues, exhaust fans, recessed lighting, or, over time, there’s been damage to your roof. The best way of determining how to fix this particular problem is to conduct an energy-audit.

That’s a project that will likely have to be postponed in this current climate of social distancing. However, the other measures can easily be accomplished right now. You probably have the extra time on hand to undertake projects such as new window installation, caulking, weatherstripping and tree-planting. But if not, Ace Handyman Services is ready and equipped to tackle these challenges for you. Our craftsmen are following stringent guidelines during these uncertain times, working with face masks and gloves, and focusing on exterior projects that will keep you and your family at a safe and respectful distance, all while bringing helpful to your home!

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Preparing Your Yard and Garden For Spring

While much has changed in the world just since we entered 2020, Mother Nature marches on. Winter is receding and spring is upon us, which is great news all around. And that means there are all kinds of preparations we need to be making in our yards and gardens as we welcome in warmer, longer days.


With the danger of frost past, it’s time to rake up fallen leaves and debris from flower beds and around the base of trees and shrubbery. Prune back dead and scraggly limbs to keep plants healthier and looking better.


Winter can be particularly hard on your lawn. Some areas of turf may be damaged from shoveling, plowing or the application of ice-removing salt. Rake away the top layer of dead grass and also remove any areas of turf that have died, so that you can plant new seed or install new sod in those patchy areas. Remember that grass seed and sod also require fertilization and consistent watering until they’ve taken firm root in the underlying ground.


Wind, snow and ice may have left their mark on your fencing, trellises and railings, as well. This may require as little care as a good scrubbing with some hot soapy water or bleach; or perhaps more extensive repair might be needed, if wood has become rotted, or posts are loose in their foundations. This is also an ideal time to sand down fencing and re-stain it or give it a fresh coat of paint, so that it looks as good as your newly greened and budded grass, trees and flowers.


Your deck and patio furniture are probably due for a good power wash, even if they’ve remained under cover during the winter months. Also, check all concrete and paved surfaces for crumbling, sinkage or swelling. Just as potholes seem to spring up in streets every year, your sidewalks and porches can suffer from similar deterioration. Patching or replacing may be in order.


Sound like a lot to do? While some people enjoy undertaking these kinds of hands-on gardening and restoration projects, others may find it more convenient to arrange for some assistance in getting your yard and your home’s exterior looking its best for summer.


Your local Ace Handyman Services office has qualified craftsmen standing by to help out with these and other jobs that might need tackling around your home and yard. We are taking extra precautions these days to maintain social distancing and to complete all tasks in the same expert, professional manner that we’ve become known for, without putting you or you family at risk. Give us a call and speak to a friendly staff member who can listen carefully and figure out how to best serve your needs.


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