Thursday, October 25, 2018
Home Winter Prep Tips

Home Winter Prep Tips

Getting Ready for Winter

Getting 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.  our 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
Home Summer Heat Tips

Home Summer Heat Tips

Nest thermostat

Beating the 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, contact us today to schedule your free estimate.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Home Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Efficiency

Close up of foam air sealing

Energy Efficient Homes

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
Air Sealing Allergy Benefits

Air Sealing Allergy Benefits

woman suffering from allergies

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
Basement Insulation

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
Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

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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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Prevent Freezing Pipes

Prevent Freezing Pipes

leaking frozen pipe

Freezing Pipe Insulation

This winter’s weather has been tough to take – both for individuals and their homes! If a home is not properly insulated, cold weather can cause pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes are an inconvenience and can cause serious damage. When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, water volume in the pipe can expand up to 10% and cause pipes to burst.

Spray foam insulation is a great product to protect pipes from cold temperatures. Here are three ways spray foam insulation can help prevent freezing pipes:

  1. Add foam insulation to walls that are located near water pipes. In open cavities, spray foam insulation can be added prior to closing the walls. In existing walls, injection foam can be added to exterior walls.
  2. Insulate your attic or crawl space with spray foam insulation. Spray foam helps protect water pipes from cold temperatures. It is also water resistant which makes it ideal for use near water pipes.
  3. Insulate and air seal basement rim joists with spray foam insulation. This helps keep cold outside air from infiltrating the basement and away from pipes. Insulating and air sealing your basement rim joists can also help the main floor of your home retain a comfortable temperature.

If your home has frozen water pipes or you want to prevent future damage, contact our office to schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Best Insulation Contractor

Best Insulation Contractor

Contractor handshake

Choosing the Best Insulation Contractor

When doing home improvements or building a new home, it can be difficult to know if you’re choosing the right contractors. How do you know if a company is reputable and will be there if a problem arises? Can you trust that contractor to show up on the day the work is scheduled?

Don’t let hiring an insulation contractor be an overwhelming process. Here are some tips to help ensure you are making the right choice:

  • Contractor experience. It’s important to know your contractor has experience in insulation. In today’s economy there are many new companies who may not have the proper training to install insulation or the experience to work on your project. Ask for references and a project history to be certain that contractor has the right experience.
  • Building science savvy. A quality insulation contractor understands building science. They should be able to address your home’s overall energy performance and answer questions about topics such as air sealing, ventilation and indoor air quality.
  • Insured and licensed. A contractor should be licensed and insured to work on your home. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Customer care. A reputable insulation contractor will return your calls in a timely fashion, answer all your questions and fully explain your project estimate.

Foam InSEALators has extensive insulation and building science experience, is up to date on new insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and cares about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.

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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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