4 Things Every Homeowner Should Check in Their Attic

open-atticMost people don’t spend a ton of time in their attic space — believe it or not! It’s not a fun place to work. It’s not a fun place to go into. In Plano, Texas your attic could be 160 degrees! Who wants to go up there in that heat? But even so, it’s important to know your attic. Here are the types of things you can check out in your attic:
1. Insulation:
You should know how much insulation, and what type of insulation is in your attic. Is it settling? If so, you’re losing value there. Is it moving away from a certain part of the house, or being blown around?
2. Rodents:
If you go into your attic and look around, you will be able to see if you have any rodent activity. Feces from rodents can lead to unhealthy air quality.
3. Leaks:
Go up into your attic and take a look at the roof. Is it leaking anywhere? Catching a leak early can save thousands of dollars!
4. Fans:
Are your fans working? If any of them are stuck, you might have airflow problems.
As you can see, there are a ton of systems in your attic space! In addition to everything we just listed, you probably have your air conditioner and heating units up there, too. There’s a lot going on in your attic! We recommend going up there 3-4 times a year. If you need to go up into the attic to chance your A/C filter, that’s a great time to walk around and check on things. Be careful not to step through your ceiling, but walk around as far as you can and check: Does my insulation look different than it did a few months ago? Do I have fans that aren’t working right now that should be, or that were working last quarter? When you have us come out, we check your airflow, your insulation levels and your heat reduction opportunities using a radiant barrier. We check to see if your electric fans are working. We’ll check to see what type of insulation you have and whether it’s settling if it’s been moved around or tunneled through by rodents, all those types of things. So as you can see, your attic is important, and it’s filled with important systems and products! If you put a little effort into maintaining that space and making sure that everything is working properly, it can lower your bills and help with the overall performance level and comfort of your home.
So check your attic out today! If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, come to the Collin County Home & Garden Show and talk with the knowledgeable folks at Energy Attic!

Announcing the 1st annual Collin County Fall Home & Garden Show! Don’t miss it! September 13-15, 2013 at the Allen Event Center.

What to expect:

  • The Biggest Show Ever filling the Allen Event Center with over 200 exhibitors plus an additional 1500 sq. ft. of outside exhibits.
  • Find everything for your home & garden.
  • Finest Builders & Remodelers
  • Landscapes, Outdoor Living and Water Features
  • Flooring, Appliances, Cabinets
  • Windows and Window Treatments
  • Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Solutions
  • Painters
  • Nurseries
  • Closets
  • Garage and Storing Solutions
  • Stone, Concrete and Granite
  • Skylights & Awnings
  • Roofing & Gutters
  • Storm Shelters
  • Bedding
  • Fencing & Decks
  • Interior Design & Accessories
  • Pools, Spas & Fountains
  • Healthy Air and Bath
  • Green Home Living
  • Solar & Wind Power solutions
  • Insurance & Financial Services
  • Foundation Repair
  • Custom Homes and Remodeling
  • Art, Gift & Gourmet
  • Pet Products

Then, don’t miss the chance to meet our celebrity guest Jeff Lewis! Jeff is a top interior designer and Star of Bravo’s hit TV shows “Interior Therapy”, “Flipping Out” and “Property Envy”! SATURDAY ONLY!
Also, bring an appetite!!
This show will include the Gourmet Food Truck Round Up with food trucks such as:

  • RocknRicks – Gourmet Cajun
  • Ruthie’s Rolling Café – Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  • Gandolfo’s New York Deli
  • What’s Da Scoop – Gourmet Ice Cream
  • The Butcher’s Son – Gourmet Meats and Sliders
  • The Guava Three – Gourmet Cuban Food
  • BBQ Gourmet Truck


Friday, September 13, 2p-7p       
Saturday, September 14, 10a-7p        
Sunday, September 15, 11a-5p


Adults 17+ - $9.00
16 and under – FREE
Seniors 65+ - $6.00 (All Weekend)*
Active Duty Military – FREE w/ ID
$1.00 Off admission coupons at www.ShowTechnology.com and www.allenhomeandgardenshow.com
*No further discounts applied to senior admission.


Allen Event Center
200 E. Stacy Rd.
Allen, TX 75002
Ph: 972/678-4646



Annual show keeps home, garden wares local

Photo Courtesy of Show Technology – Brian Santos, better known as the ‘Wall Wizard’ on his HGTV program, performs a recent paint workshop. Santos and HGTV’s Donna Moss will be at the third annual Collin County Home & Garden Show this month in Allen.

By Chris Beattie, cbeattie@acnpapers.com

Published: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:12 PM CST
With more than 175 vendors — its largest showing yet — the upcoming third annual Collin County Home & Garden Show is set to run the home-improvement gamut.

“It will have something for everyone, whether they’re trying to purchase or just looking for ideas,” said Pam Rogers, corporate sales director for Show Technology, the show’s promoter. “If you can imagine it, it’s there.”
The show, which sold out vendor space in November, will run Feb. 17-19 at the Allen Events Center, off Stacy Road in Allen. It will feature its largest-ever array of exhibitors, boasting everything from landscapes, appliances and countertops, to cabinetry, spas and home security systems.

The show’s move from Frisco to the “brand new, state-of-the-art” facility in Allen happened just in time to accommodate the recent and current growth throughout northern Collin County, Rogers said.

“The community there is building faster than the roads,” she said. “It’s just been so well-attended and well-received in the market; there’s so much desire to participate because the community has really embraced the show.”
Donna Moss and Brian Santos from HGTV will be at the show to provide interactive seminars on their respective expertise, during which they’ll answer visitors’ questions and help solve their home or garden dilemmas.
Moss, dubbed the “Queen of Bling,” hosts HGTV’s “Donna Decorates Dallas” and will be available for questions, autographs and demonstrations Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19.
Brian Santos, host of the TV show “Wall Wizard Workshops,” will share eco-friendly painting tips and techniques at different times throughout the weekend.
“The neat thing about Brian is he does a very interactive, hands-on seminar that really allows the guests to be involved,” Rogers said. “It’s a unique opportunity to get a professional opinion.”
Show Technology hosts similar shows around the country, but because of its San Antonio base, Rogers said the company’s top priority remains in Texas, particularly in places quickly expanding like Collin County.
All vendors come from the D-FW area, she said, and thus keep the improvement — in and outside the home — within their immediate surroundings.
“It allows the people in the community to interact face to face with their local businesses,” she said. “It helps build jobs, drive money into the community, and it keeps the dollars local.”
Offering everything “from the front door to the backyard,” Rogers said, the annual exhibition contains every option of home improvement — facets as simple as garden graters or as complex as home theaters. And it’s all in one place.
“You don’t have to drive around or shop around at different competitors,” she said. “Everyone is there, so you can look at one countertop then walk down six booths to see another.”
Pest control, plants, bathtubs and beds are just some of the featured products and services at the show every year. Gourmet food tastings, salsas and jams will be available for guests who build up an appetite from their constant booth browsing.
Potential visitors can access show details and vendor appearances at www.showtechnology.com. They pay once for the entire weekend and can come and go as they please.
In a rough economy, few residents have everything they want and need for their homes, which is why the show’s vast, central selection could be peaking at the right time.
“Home improvement is a multi-billion dollar industry; probably the number one investment people have is their home,” Rogers said. “With the current state of affairs, they can’t just move, so they have to improve.”
The Collin County Home & Garden Show will run 2-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; and 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. It will be at the Allen Events Center at 200 E. Stacy Rd., Suite 1350, in Allen.
Admission is $9.50 for adults 17 and older, and $7.50 for seniors 65 and older. Children 16 and under get in free.