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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Existing homes can lose up to 35% of its energy efficiency through poorly insulated walls. This not only affects your home’s energy efficiency, it affects your home’s comfort.

Most homeowners don’t know foam insulation can be added to the exterior walls of their existing home. Where historically spray foam insulation could only be applied in open cavities like open walls or attics, today’s injection foam can be added to exterior walls of existing home. This means older or existing homes can benefit from the air sealing and insulating benefits of foam insulation!

Handi-Fill Wall Seal was specifically designed to safely and completely fill closed wall cavities to insulate and stop air leaks. During product application, Handi-Fill Wall Seal in injected into the cavity through a small hole.

To ensure the cavity is not over filled and the injection foam is properly filling the entire space, an infrared scan is performed during installation to show the installer how the foam is going in place. This allows the installer to adjust the volume of foam that’s being applied to ensure the cavity is properly filled.

Injection foam can be installed in spaces as small as 1/2 inch at an R-value of 3.4 per inch. Handi-Fill Wall Seal will not settle or shrink over time like some insulation materials. This ensures a true air seal preventing air movement and uncomfortable drafts.

Click here to download the Handi-Fill Wall Seal brochure.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

We are proud to salute our partner company, Southland Insulators, and their celebration of 30 years in business.

In celebration of this milestone, founder Gerald R. Palmer and his team chose to make a special donation to benefit the life of a wounded warrior.

To read more about Southland Insulators and this donation, click here. 


Friday, July 15, 2016

Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma or asthma-related attacks?

It’s estimated that 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions. It’s proven that these attacks have a direct link to air quality — and air sealing your home can help.

In the lungs of asthma sufferers, swollen airways become extra sensitive when the individual is exposed to asthma triggers such as pollen, smoke, pet dander, dust, mold, chemicals in the air and more. To make things worse, an American Lung Association study indicated too many people in the United States live in areas where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe.

Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator) and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

By reducing these asthma triggers, anyone affected by asthma or other breathing issues will benefit.

Wondering how well your home is air sealed? Give us a call for a free in-home estimate.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Save money with an energy audit.
A home energy audit is done to determine methods for reducing energy use, saving money on utility bills, and improving overall comfort in a home. Some of the same methods used by professionals can be duplicated in your own home analysis. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make any necessary corrections.

#1 Find Air Leaks
One of the most cost effective changes you can make to conserve energy in your home is sealing air leaks. Common areas to check for leaks are window frames, door frames, and electrical outlets (these are very easy to feel on a cool, windy day).  To do a thorough job, be sure to also check recessed can lights, the attic access door, rim joists in the basement, the chimney flue, and where ever wires or pipes enter your home. In most cases some caulk or weather stripping should take care of leaks. For can lights and chimney flues consult a professional for assistance properly and safely sealing these.

#2 Check Your Windows
Check for gaps around your windows, an area where air commonly escapes. There are several ways to do this: shine a flashlight around the edges at night or use a smoke stick (when lit the smoke will drift toward leaks). Another trick: put a piece of paper in the window and then close and lock it – if you can pull the paper out without it tearing that window isn’t creating a tight seal.

After leaks are located, seal them with caulk or weather stripping according to manufacturer’s instructions (weather stripping works better for larger gaps).

#3 Look in the Attic
Adequate insulation in your attic is a common culprit for heat loss. Standards for attic insulation may have changed since your home was built. Consider adding insulation to your attic for increased energy savings – and don’t forget about sealing air leaks!  ENERGY STAR® estimates that adding insulation and sealing air leaks (which can be done in just one step with spray foam insulation) can save homeowners as much as 10% on their annual energy bills. If you’re looking for insulation help you’ve come to right place – we’re the experts! Contact us for a free estimate.

#4 Unplug it
Reduce “standby power” in your home. Standby is power used by electronic devices that are plugged in, but not in use. Even though these devices are not is use, they are still draining energy (ENERGY STAR® estimates five to ten percent of residential energy use can be blamed on standby power). The solution is simple. Unplug it. Or, if that is too inconvenient for TVs or hard-to-reach outlets, use a power strip with an on/off switch.

Have questions on what to do after you find a problem? We can help! Call us today to discuss what you found and for a free estimate. In the meantime, check out this great resource for your own DIY energy audit from our friends at Energy Star.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Looking to upgrade your home with energy-efficient features? These five ideas will contribute to energy savings in your home.

#1 Exterior Doors   
Choosing the right exterior door for a home should be a carefully thought-out decision. When choosing a door for your home, first consider the doors' energy-performance ratings. This rating scores how well each door preserves the energy in your home by trapping heat or cool air inside.

#2 Insulation  
Insulating and air sealing your existing home is the number one way to reduce energy bills, save money, and reduce your home's carbon footprint. We have the tools (spray foam insulation, air sealing, and crawl space insulation to name a few) to make your home more energy efficient and more comfortable and keep your energy dollars from going out the window.

#3 Exterior Colors
The color of your home can greatly contribute to the heat inside it. A light exterior will help the home stay cooler, while a darker color will better maintain heat.

#4 Cool Roofs
Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and lower roofing temperatures. Cool roofs are made from a type of reflective material within roofing materials such as tiles, shingles, paint or other substances. This energy-saving technique is ideal for houses in warm climates where air conditioning costs are high all year around.

#5 Flooring
The type of flooring you choose to place in your home can also save energy and money. Carpet traps heat and keeps your home warmer during the cold winter months. Choosing the right flooring for your home is an inexpensive way to save on climate-control costs.

Contact Us today for a free in-home estimate to make sure your insulation is doing it's job!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

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)
  • Requirements: install fiberglass batt insulation, blow-in fiberglass insulation, or spray foam insulation.
  • How to Apply: File IRS Tax form 5625. You can download the form on the IRS site here (search "5625").

Have questions? Contact our office.








 

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