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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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Three Reasons to Insulate your Attic with Spray Foam

Three Reasons to Insulate your Attic with Spray Foam

When a builder or homeowner hears the word “insulation” the attic is the first area of a home to come to mind. While whole house insulation and air sealing is important to save energy and create a comfortable interior, the attic is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate first.

Do you really know why attic insulation is important? Here are three reasons to upgrade your attic with spray foam insulation to add r-value and seal air leaks:

  • Air naturally moves upward through your house. Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing prevents air that has already been heated or cooled from escaping your home.
  • Heating and cooling costs account for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. By taking steps to keep conditioned air inside your home, you can keep energy bills low and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  • Insulating and air sealing your attic can prevent unconditioned air from entering your home. This helps maintain a comfortable temperature in the upper level of the home and keeps pests and other pollutants out of your home.

Spray foam insulation insulates and air seals with one step. Upgrading your attic to spray foam insulation is an effective way to save money on monthly energy bills each month and keep your home comfortable. Wondering if your attic could benefit from spray foam insulation? Contact us for a free estimate.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Benefits of Air Sealing

The Benefits of Air Sealing

Building science is the study of how buildings consume energy. It takes a whole-house approach to energy savings. By looking at the home as one unit, overall energy improvements can be recommended and implemented rather than targeting just one area of the home.

Building science research shows one powerful energy improvement that can benefit any home – sealing air leaks. Air sealing is the process of sealing penetration points around the envelope (shell) of the home. These points are a by-product of home construction. They are found in a variety of places including around chimneys, windows, doors, vents, and the like.

One estimate from ENERGY STAR states that upgrading insulation levels and properly sealing air leaks can result in saving up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill). In addition to saving on energy bills, air sealing can:

  • Help reduce indoor allergens. Keeping outside air from entering the home can help keep pollen and dust from entering the home as well.
  • Help reduce hot or cold spots that can come from outside air infiltration and help maintain a more consistent indoor temperature.
  • Help reduce wear and tear on heating and cooling systems by keeping conditioned air inside the home.

If you are considering air sealing your home, spray foam insulation is the product to consider! With one application, spray foam insulation increases R-value and seals air leaks. This accomplishes both goals in one step, creating better indoor air quality and helping save money.

Have more questions or ready for a free estimate? Contact our office.

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

It’s allergy season in our area – and individuals who suffer from allergies or have asthma are feeling it. With an increase in airborne pollen and other allergens, you or someone you love may experience an increase in symptoms.

Sealing air leaks around your home can improve the air quality inside your home. Keeping outside air from entering your home can reduce the number of asthma triggers that enter your home. Adding proper ventilation to move out stale inside air and bring in filtered air can help even more.

Spray foam insulation is a great option for sealing air leaks and adding R-value to your home in one easy step. Spray foam naturally expands to fill the space where it is applied to provide an exceptional air seal. It also can help control moisture and, as an insulator, adds R-value to a home.

In addition to keeping out pollen and other outdoor pollutants, insulating and air sealing with spray foam can help control indoor humidity. This can reduce the likelihood of mold in the home – another trigger for individuals who suffer from breathing issues.

Any way you look at it, adding spray foam insulation to your home has significant benefits. Interested in learning more about insulating with spray foam in your new or existing home? Contact our office to schedule a free estimate.

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

For many years, little was known about the way a building consumed energy. The more that is learned about building science, the easier it becomes to save energy and make buildings (and residents) more comfortable.

Building science involves the study of airflow. Improper airflow can affect the health of building residents, cause mold growth, spread pollutants, and result in energy loss. Properly managing airflow increases the efficiency of a building, reduces stress on HVAC systems, and controls indoor air quality.

There are two common types of building airflow:
  • Controlled airflow is airflow that is managed through mechanical devices. Controlled/mechanical airflow allows a building to efficiently ventilate inside air and bring in proper amounts of outside air.
  • Uncontrolled airflow is what is known as a “leaky” building. Air flows in and out of the building in a random pattern. It works against the home’s energy system, causing more stress on the HVAC system and other mechanicals.

Sealing air leaks and adding proper home ventilation are two key steps to making your home more efficient. Spray foam insulates and seals air leaks in one step. Combine this with proper ventilation and your home is on its way to being more energy efficient, have improved indoor air quality, and more.

Have questions about your home’s ventilation and overall energy efficiency? Contact our office to speak with one of our spray foam insulation professionals.

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