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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Three Reasons to Insulate Your Attic

Three Reasons to Insulate Your Attic

Blown-in fiberglass insulation in attic
When you think of upgrading insulation, attic space is the first thing that comes to mind. Here are three key reasons to upgrade your attic insulation and seal attic air leaks:

  1. Air movement through a home is from ground to sky (and out through the attic and roof). By adding insulation and sealing air leaks in your attic, you can lower energy costs by preventing conditioned air from escaping your home.
  2. On the flip side, insulating and air sealing your attic can prevent unconditioned outside air from coming into your home. This means your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your home’s optimal inside temperature.
  3. Heating and cooling costs can total 50% to 70% of the energy used in an average home. In fact, in late 2016 the Energy Information Administration predicted natural gas users would see a 22% climb in their heating bills over the 2015-2016 heating season. Every day that passes is one more day your home is spending too much money on energy bills.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Contact us today for a free attic insulation estimate.




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Monday, March 19, 2018
The Two Best Energy Investments for Your Home

The Two Best Energy Investments for Your Home


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If you would like to increase your home's energy efficiency, we recommend investing in two key projects – insulation/air sealing your home and your home's heating/cooling system.

Since the home is one contained unit, each system directly affects the other system. By taking a whole house approach to energy efficiency, the homeowner can experience a greater improvement in efficiency and comfort. And upgrading two systems can qualify the homeowner for rebates and other incentives.

Home energy improvements start with a home evaluation. A contractor will inspect the interior and exterior of the home to determine where energy improvements are needed.

Each home is different and recommendations can vary. However, there are some recommendations that a contractor will frequently make:

Air Sealing and Insulating
Leaks around a home allow conditioned air to escape and unconditioned outside air to enter. Leaks are often found in attics and around the perimeter of the basement. Sealing air leaks can reduce wear on your home’s heating and cooling system and help maintain your home’s internal temperature. If your attic doesn’t have adequate insulation, your contractor will likely recommend adding insulation.

Upgrading HVAC Equipment
If your heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old your contractor may recommend replacing it with a new, more efficient model. According to ENERGY STAR, when installed correctly high-efficiency heating and cooling units can save the homeowner up to 10% on annual utility bills. In addition, installing and properly using a programmable thermostat can save the homeowner up to $180 per year on heating and cooling costs.

Controlling the air that enters and exits the home and conditioning it with efficient equipment are two key steps to increase your home’s efficiency. By addressing both improvements you’ll see greater energy savings and enjoy a more comfortable home. Contact us for a free air sealing and insulation estimate today.


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Ready For Spring? Don’t Forget About Your Crawl Space

Ready For Spring? Don’t Forget About Your Crawl Space


Spring has most people thinking about sunny days and warm weather. Spring should also have you thinking about your crawl space. With spring melting and rain, your crawl space can become damp and fill with water. Having your crawl space in proper condition will help keep water out of your crawl space and maintain the structural integrity of your home.

There are a few key factors to ensure your crawl space is in good shape this spring:


Drainage
Moving water away from your foundation will help keep water out of your crawl space. Make sure water properly drains away from your home, rather than having it find a path of its own – into your crawl space.

Cracks
It is common for cracks to appear on the walls of your crawl space over time. Sealing cracks in the walls of your crawl space can help minimize water and keep pests out.

Insulation
Insulating your crawl space helps maintain the temperature of the floors in your home and can keep unwanted contaminants out of your home. Contact our office to have your crawl space evaluated and learn the proper insulation method.

Check your crawl space now because spring moisture is on the way! Contact our office to schedule your free estimate. Have other crawl space or insulation questions? Give us a call!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Insulating and Air Sealing Cantilevers

Insulating and Air Sealing Cantilevers

Cantilevers are areas that protrude beyond your home's foundation or lower supporting wall (e.g., upper floor bump out, bay window, room over a porch, etc.). The thin construction material found in cantilevers creates an ideal space for unconditioned outside air to infiltrate the home, and for conditioned inside air to escape.

Cantilevered spaces in homes create distinct energy challenges for homeowners. Unless special consideration is given to these unique construction features and their insulation requirements, you may suffer from cold temperatures and high energy bills.

Oftentimes, cantilevers are not air sealed and insulated. If the builder does insulate this space, installation of an air barrier is many times overlooked. Why does this space need both insulation and an air barrier? The space below a cantilever is shallow which does not allow it to meet local codes for R-value. Installation of a proper air barrier and insulation will prevent air infiltration by creating a thermal barrier.

Please contact our office with questions about insulating and air sealing cantilevered spaces in your home.


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