Lewis Diuguid

February 10, 2014

Watch out for icicles

Icicles are a sign of buildings needing to be more energy efficient during this cold, cold winter.

The deep-freeze cold that the Kansas City area has been experiencing this winter isn’t going to go away so expect the snow to get progressively dirtier along with the cars and trucks on the road.

Buildings with icicles forming on gutters and downspouts are generally those that are the most energy inefficient. Heavy insulation in the attics and walls isn’t keeping the heat in.

The heat from constantly running furnaces melts the snow on roofs, which forms icicles when gutters and downspouts are clogged. The icicles can be dangerous so be careful around them.

In the spring, people in energy inefficient buildings should consider making them more energy efficient. They will love it if this year’s unusually cold winter becomes the norm for years to come.

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