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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.

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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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Allergy and Asthma Benefits of Air Sealing

Allergy and Asthma Benefits of Air Sealing

Do you or someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma? You are not alone. One report estimates 26 million Americans are in the same boat, dealing with asthma or asthma-related conditions. Many studies have shown these attacks can be linked directly to pollutants and other allergens found in indoor air. To make things worse, a study done by the American Lung Association indicated many people live in areas where the air is unhealthy for them to breathe.

Triggers such as pollen, dust, mold and other outdoor irritants cause airways of asthma sufferers to become extra sensitive. Sealing air leaks around your home’s perimeter can help prevent outdoor air pollutants from entering your home. Air sealing improves indoor air quality by reducing the number of asthma triggers inside your home.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to insulate and seal air leaks in one step. Spray foam insulation provides an exceptional air seal and works as a thermal barrier (insulator). Spray foam insulation also helps control moisture issues. Making a home more air tight – combined with proper home ventilation – provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home.

By reducing these asthma triggers, anyone affected by asthma or other breathing issues will benefit. Contact our office to learn more about air sealing and schedule your free estimate.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Why New Homes Need Upgraded Basement Insulation

Why New Homes Need Upgraded Basement Insulation

Insulating basement box sill with spray foam
Basements are an important area of home energy loss, and they are often overlooked for insulation.

Basement box sills and rim joists are a significant source of energy loss. These areas are some of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allow outside air to easily leak into the basement. This makes the basement unnecessarily cold and can impact the temperature of the floors in the home’s main level.

Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home around the basement perimeter, it is also a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into a home through penetrations around access points for HVAC, electrical and plumbing.

When considering insulation for basement box sills and rim joists, spray foam should be at the top of your list. Spray foam adds R-value and seals air leaks to eliminate outside air and pests. It also helps keep additional moisture out of the basement, an area already prone to damp conditions.

Insulating and air sealing basement rim joists and box sills will keep your clients and their entire home more comfortable. Ask us about spray foam insulation for basement box sills for your next new home construction project.

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Monday, March 26, 2018
What you don’t know about indoor air quality

What you don’t know about indoor air quality

You may be surprised to learn that indoor air (in your home, office, etc.) can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The majority of our exposure to pollutants in the air is from indoor air we breathe.

When considering the significant amount of time we spend indoors, indoor air quality becomes even more important. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home.

Indoor air pollutants can come from outside air infiltration that isn’t properly ventilated, materials used in the manufacturing of home furnishings, cleaning products and more. There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Here are some tips:

  • Seal air leaks - Sealing air leaks helps create a controlled indoor environment. This allows a qualified energy auditor to develop a ventilation plan to effectively maintain clean indoor air. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.

  • Properly ventilate - An effective mechanical air system with good filtration can help remove polluted air from inside the house.

  • Reduce indoor chemicals - Choose low-emitting products that have been third party certified such as GREENGUARD. Many insulation products are GREENGUARD certified.

Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office. Our team is happy to help.

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