Spring is in the air! If you suffer from allergies, you may know that better than most. Spring means grass and plants are in bloom, sending pollen and other allergents through the air that can make allergy sufferers miserable.
Air sealing your home is one way to help reduce indoor allergens. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, air sealing can help keep pollen, dust and other irritants out of your home.
The shell of your home (also known as the envelope) has penetration points. These exist around things like ducts, chimneys and between building materials (studs, framing, etc.). These points allow air to enter and exit the home, and can draw outside pollutants and irritants into the air inside your home. Air sealing these penetration points helps keep outside air and allergens out of your home. Air sealing your home has other benefits:
Lower bills. Sealing air leaks keeps air that has already been heated or cooled inside your home. Your heating and cooling system has to work less to maintain your home’s interior temperature, which can result in lower energy bills.
More comfort. Pests, dust and noise can enter through the same penetration points outside air enters through. By sealing these leaks you’ll maintain your indoor environment and overall comfort.
Interested in air sealing? Contact or call us today for a free Air Sealing estimate!
Like many Marylanders, you may find yourself struggling with stink bugs this spring. Keep in mind, the best way to get rid of stink bugs in your home is to not let them into your home in the first place. Prevent them from getting in with these tips:
Seal all cracks and openings around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, chimneys, and underneath your home’s wood fascia.
Pay close attention to holes or gaps in your attic and seal them with care. Attics are the most common point of entry for stink bugs.
Remove window- and wall- unit air conditioners as these are also an easy target for stink bugs.
Repair broken screens and windows.
Use caution if you opt to vacuum them up because their stink could still remain. Instead use a shop vac and take it outside immediately.
After stink bugs establish themselves in your home, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them. Call us for help!
When homeowners get ready for winter, it’s common to think about attic insulation, windows and similar areas that can be affected by cold temps. It’s easy to overlook water pipes -and they can cause immense damage if they freeze and break.
When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, it can quickly become damaged. When water freezes, it can expand up to ten percent in volume. This creates additional pressure on the pipes and valves in the system.
It’s important to keep pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here are some ways to protect pipes from the cold:
Adding insulation to walls that would affect water pipes.
Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
Re-route any pipes that are on an outside wall to an inside wall. If this isn’t an option, during cold temps keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.
Seal cracks or gaps in the foundation or walls that could allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.
Don’t wait for your home to be damaged from frozen pipes. Contact our office and schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.
Our team believes investing in clean energy will help grow Maryland’s economy. There are many benefits of investing in clean energy including job creation and reducing carbon footprint. Click here to the Capital Gazette article written by our General Manager, Michelle Griffith, about the economic benefit of investing in clean energy.
Efficiency First is the national association for the home performance industry. Efficiency First supports home performance companies and its members in several ways: providing an impactful voice in Washington, giving access to new educational and networking opportunities, and extending discounts on products and services.
Michelle Griffith recently served as Vice Chair of the Maryland chapter. Efficiency First has state and local chapters across the United States.
Adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways a homeowner can save money on their annual energy bills! No matter the season, insulation helps to keep your heating or cooling bills in line. Thanks to the renewed energy tax credit, you can save both on your utility bill and your insulation investment!
Here is what you need to know to take advantage of the offer:
Tax Credit Amount: 10% of the cost of the product, up to $500 (credit does not cover labor or installation costs)
Our company is only as good as our team! On August 15th we took time to connect and celebrate five years of serving great customers throughout Maryland. With our office staff and installers rarely having time to connect in person, our General Manager Michelle Griffith saw a great opportunity to bring together the team for some camaraderie, team building and good times.
Our company picnic was held at Downs Park in Pasadena and catered by Chevy’s in Annapolis. Everybody had a great time – team members and family members!
We’ve shared a few photos here. For more photos and more about our team, visit our Facebook album.
From controlling lights at home via a mobile app to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, the options for decreasing energy use can be daunting.We’ve compiled a list of the hottest new technologies for your home that can help save big on energy costs.
1. High Tech Thermostats
Smart thermostats are nothing new when it comes to cutting down on home energy use and heating and cooling costs. The Nest Learning Thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature based on your own lifestyle and schedule. The Nest learns your habits so it can automatically adjust the temperature, it even integrates with the weather forecast and adjusts accordingly. According to Nest, the $249 price tag can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills with its use.
2. Smart Appliances
New smart appliances have the ability to communicate with the smart grid which uses information to communicate the personal habits of electricity consumers back to the energy companies. Smart appliances will be able to communicate with the smart grid and as a result automatically know optimal times to perform their functions. These times will be at the off-peak hours allowing you to save money by not incurring a peak time higher rate.
3. Smart Power Strips
Traditional power strips are an easy way to expand the number of electrical outlets in your home. But their convenience can encourage you to leave electronics plugged in all the time — and many devices keep drawing power even when you’re not using them. Printers, DVD players, computers and plasma TVs are all examples of products with standby modes that make them convenient to use but suck significant power on the sly. This so-called phantom power drain costs you money and wastes electricity.Smart power strips, on the other hand, work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Doing so may save you some serious cash. Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of your household energy consumption.
4. Home-Automation Lighting
It’s been long-encouraged that switching to LED lighting is the way to go in order to cut back on energy usage and costs. Now you can take it a step further by controlling energy-efficient lighting with custom-made hardware that can adjust switches from anywhere.
Looking to save even more? ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can save up to 10% on their total annual energy bill by air sealing and insulating. Call us today to learn more and for a free estimate.