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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Six Benefits of Air Sealing Your Home

Six Benefits of Air Sealing Your Home

Air sealing your home has many benefits. If you're wondering if sealing air leaks is worth the investment, here are six reasons to air seal your home.
  1. Lower Energy Bills
    Air sealing helps keep the heated or cooled air inside your home. This translates greater efficiency and lower utility bills.
  2. More Home Comfort
    Because more of your conditioned air will stay inside your home and drafts will be reduced after air sealing, your home temperature will remain more consistent and your family will be more comfortable.
  3. Better Indoor Air Quality
    Air sealing helps prevent the air inside your home from becoming contaminated with pollutants and allergens.
  4. Prevents Mold
    Air sealing helps keep your attic and crawl space dry which decreases the likelihood of mold, water damage and pest invasion.
  5. Prevents House Deterioration
    Pollutants and mold spores in the air can cause damage to the foundation of your home. Air sealing your home will help prevent these pollutant particles from entering your crawl space and attic.
  6. Cost Effective
    Air sealing is a relatively inexpensive home upgrade and can start saving you money right away. It will also provide your family with peace of mind.
Contact our office for a free air sealing quote today.



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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Four Steps to Get Ready for Winter

Four Steps to Get Ready for Winter

Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare your home for cold weather. It can also mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Get ahead of the curve and get to work on these four energy saving tasks:

  1. Schedule a Furnace Tune Up
    Unlike your cooling system, your furnace doesn’t get a break all winter. Your heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before heating season is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Insulate and Seal Air Leaks
    A home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. Sealing air leaks in your attic helps keep conditioned air in the home and energy bills low. Installing spray foam insulation seals air leaks and adds R-value in one step.
  3. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  4. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    This takes moments to do and is often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fans creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: Dust your fan blades before reversing directions!

If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!



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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Five Tips to Beat Summer Heat

Five Tips to Beat Summer Heat

Have uncomfortable summer temperatures taken a toll on your energy bills? If summer heat has taken the fun out of your summer – and money out of your wallet – here are five things you can do to ease the pinch:

  • Run Ceiling Fans. Keep your ceiling fans running to circulate conditioned air. This can also increase comfort by keeping the air moving in your home.
  • Seal Air Leaks. All homes have air leaks as a result of the construction process. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape, causing your cooling system to run more frequently. Having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor will help ensure the job is done right the first time.
  • Run Bath Fans. Running your bath fan after showers will help remove warm, humid air. By adding a timer to your bath fan, you can schedule it to run on a daily basis to continually move stale, warm air out of your house.
  • Adjust Thermostat. If your home has a programmable thermostat, check it. Can you turn it up a degree or two during the day? Increasing the temperature in your home during the day when there are fewer people at home can provide some relief in your energy bills.
  • Increase Attic Insulation. Many homes don’t have enough attic insulation. Even newer homes may have attic insulation that does not meet current codes. Contact a qualified contractor to have insulation added to your attic. Increasing your attic insulation can save up to 30% on your energy bills!

If summer temperatures have made your home uncomfortable, it’s time to do something about it. If you’d like us to check your attic insulation level or talk with you about air sealing, give us a call to schedule your free estimate.





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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Three Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

Three Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

The combination of building science and home technology makes it easier than ever to increase the efficiency of your home. Combining traditional methods with these new technologies can make your home more comfortable and more efficient. Here are a few upgrades that could benefit your home:

Air Sealing
Sealing air leaks is a first step toward improving your home’s energy efficiency. Air leaks in your home’s envelope can affect heating and cooling systems, energy bills and comfort level. Air sealing involves sealing any penetration points where air can escape your home. These air leaks can exist around recessed lights, chimneys, ductwork, windows and more. Sealing air leaks helps keep conditioned air inside your home, reducing wear and tear on your heating or cooling system and maintaining your home’s internal temperature.

Insulation
Many homes – even newer homes – aren’t adequately insulated. If you own an older home, it may have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in attics, walls, and floors creates a thermal blanket that prevents heat transfer. This helps maintain even temperatures throughout the house. The result is a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.

Home Technology Upgrades
Many homeowners aren’t aware of how home technology can help maintain comfort and manage energy bills. From controlling lights at home through a mobile app, to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, there are many options for decreasing energy use.

Upgrading your home’s efficiency will pay off in lower energy bills and make your home more comfortable all year. Have questions? Contact our office.


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