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Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend area since Hurricane Carla in September 1961. The flooding resulting from Harvey's flooding is one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. It’s estimated the storm damage will amount to billions of dollars.

Even though Hurricane Harvey is off the front page of daily news, there’s no doubt the impact of this storm is far from over. The real heavy lifting of recovery and reconstruction is underway, and will continue for quite some time.

With many connections to the Houston area, the founders of Foam InSEALators and its affiliated companies have been moved to assist. To this end, Foam InSEALators along with Delmarva Insulation, Delmarva Spray Foam, DeVere Insulation, DeVere Insulation Home PerformanceLiberty Insulation, Southland Insulators and The Fifth Fuel have donated $28,000 to help with recovery efforts.

Bob and Carolyn DeVere along with Jerry and Nancy Palmer have selected two Texas charities to receive these funds – Samaritan’s Purse and Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries. Each organization received $14,000 to aid in their mission of helping local families recover from this tragedy.

We are proud to support our local communities and support others during times of tragedy. If you are moved, we encourage you to donate to one of these Houston-based organizations to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Must-Have Features for your New Home

Must-Have Features for your New Home

Building a new home is exciting! There are so many decisions to make including selection of interior materials, colors, flooring and fixtures and more. It’s also important to be sure your new home is built with energy-saving materials and processes. Taking time today to select the right building materials and products will pay off with increased indoor comfort and lower energy bills for the life of your home. Here are three key areas of a home where upgrading your investment will pay off:

  1. Insulation
    Properly insulating your home’s exterior can keep energy bills low. Consider upgrading your attic insulation, wall insulation and crawl space insulation during the construction process. Adding a professionally installed and complete blanket of insulation around your home’s exterior will help keep energy dollars in and exterior noise out.
  2. Air Sealing
    Air sealing increases your home’s energy efficiency by sealing the penetration points that allow conditioned air to escape your home. Some penetration points are visible to the eye while others are more difficult to identify. Tip: Spray foam insulation will add R-value and air seal even the smallest penetration points in one step.
  3. Doors and Windows
    Choose proper exterior doors and windows. Consider the energy rating for windows and doors and the side of the home on which they will be installed as the sides of your home can be impacted by differing weather factors including wind and sun. Be sure your contractor seals air leaks around all doors and windows.

Do you have questions about insulation and air sealing for your new home? Contact our office – we can help!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
How Home Technology Can Save You Money

How Home Technology Can Save You Money

Smart home app screen
Smart home technology and the variety of tools available can be confusing to homeowners. Home technology lets homeowners control basic home systems through a unit in the home or through an app on a smart phone.

For some homeowners this may seem unnecessary. There are many benefits to using smart home technology. Here are some benefits of smart home technology:

Energy and Cost Savings
Smart home technology can turn off power to appliances and home systems when they are not in use (such as during the work or school day when a home is empty). This delivers power to appliances and other home systems only when necessary. It can reduce energy consumption in the home and help save on monthly energy bills. The savings may be noticed as soon as your first energy bill.

Have you left your house and wondered if you’ve adjusted the temperature? Smart thermostats can tell you what’s happening in your home at any time. Other smart home technology systems can tell you if lights are on, when doors have been opened, if security systems are engaged and more.

Home automation can make your home more comfortable. (Who doesn’t want that?) Smart home technology can allow you to adjust lighting in your home, change the heating or cooling system and more. You can be sure your home is at your desired comfort level as soon as you walk in the door, or adjust your home environment for any guests visiting your home.

Adding smart home technology to your home can have many benefits! Consider how this technology can benefit your home and lifestyle.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Insulate and Ventilate: What You Need to Know

Insulate and Ventilate: What You Need to Know

Today’s building techniques result in tight building envelopes. Once a home is insulated and air sealed with spray foam insulation, it’s important to add a proper ventilation system. Ventilation manages indoor air quality and moisture levels, and is critical to maintain a proper indoor environment.

Many factors influence the type of ventilation system that is appropriate for a home. These can include building size, local code requirements, interior home features including types of appliances and more. Here are the four most common ventilation systems:
  • Exhaust Only – An exhaust fan is programmed to run continuously or intermittently to remove stale air and moisture. The fan is often placed in a bathroom or kitchen. This type of system is low cost and easy to install. Although an exhaust-only system allows air exchange, it is not the most efficient ventilation system.
  • Supply Only – A fan brings fresh air into the home and can include a filter to trap pollen and other outdoor air pollutants before entering the home. With a supply-only system, natural air leaks around the home allow fresh air infiltration.
  • Balanced – This system includes exhaust to remove stale, damp indoor air and draw in fresh outdoor air. This controls air exchange on both sides to create an ideal air balance, and is preferred over exhaust-only or supply-only systems.
  • Balanced with Heat Recovery – A balanced ventilation system with heat recovery conditions the incoming air prior to entering the home. Heat recovery is a desirable feature during cold weather, preventing cold air from being drawn into and reducing wear and tear on your heating system.

Does your home have a ventilation system? Do you have questions about your home’s insulation, air sealing and ventilation? Contact us with questions.

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