Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With an increase in green building techniques and tighter building envelopes that result, proper ventilation is increasingly important. Today’s homes are built tight to keep conditioned air in and help reduce energy bills. Tight building envelopes also keep air impurities inside the home including any chemicals used in cleaning products, paint, building materials and more. This combination makes a strong case for proper home ventilation system to maintain optimal air quality and maintain your home’s energy efficiency.

There are many factors that influence the appropriate type of home ventilation including local code requirements, building size and types of appliances. Here are three of the most common ventilation systems:

  • Exhaust Only – This type of system uses a small exhaust fan that is commonly placed in a kitchen or bathroom. The fan is programmed to run either continuously or intermittently to extract stale air and moisture. These systems are low cost and quite easy to install.
  • Supply Only – A supply-only system includes a fan that brings fresh air into the home. The air escapes through the natural air leaks in your home. A filter can be added to trap pollen and other outdoor air pollutants before they enter the home. A dehumidifier can be added inside the home to control humidity levels.
  • Balanced – A balanced system includes both exhaust and supply, controlling ventilation at both ends. This system includes separate fans to manage air supply and air exhaust. Overall, this is a better ventilation system because it provides qualities of both exhaust-only and supply-only systems, however it may be more costly to run.

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




Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Building science is a new concept to some homeowners. Building science is the study of how buildings consume energy and takes a whole-house approach to energy savings. By looking at the home as one unit, a qualified contractor can make recommendations for overall energy improvements rather than targeting just one area of the home.

Building science research shows one powerful energy improvement that can benefit any home – air sealing. Air sealing is the process of sealing penetration points around the envelope (shell) of the home. Penetration points are a result of the construction process and can be found around vents, chimneys, windows, and more.

ENERGY STAR estimates that proper air sealing techniques and upgraded insulation can save a homeowner up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill). Air sealing has some additional benefits:
  • Reduces indoor allergens by helping keep pollen and dust outside the home.
  • Helps create a more consistent indoor temperature, reducing hot or cold spots that result from air infiltration.
  • Reduces energy bills by keeping conditioned air inside the home, requiring heating and cooling systems to run less often.
If you are considering air sealing your home, spray foam insulation is the product to consider. Spray foam insulation increases R-value and seals air leaks with one application. This one application provides two benefits – insulates and seals air leaks! Click here to learn more about spray foam insulation.

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




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Today’s home technology puts control of basic home systems at a homeowner’s fingertips. Through a smart phone app or a centralized unit located inside the home, the homeowner can manage a variety of home functions including lighting, home security and even the home’s heating and cooling system.

Adding home technology has several benefits. Here are just a few to consider:

  • Energy and Cost Savings
    Home technology can help save on monthly energy bills by reducing home energy use. Home technology can turn off power to appliances and electronics when they are not in use such as during the work or school day when the home is empty. This reduces “down time” energy draw and delivers power only when necessary. This savings can be noticed as soon as your first energy bill. Apps like LG’s ThinQ take saving energy a step further by connecting to smart grids to identify the times when demand for energy is low. It then notifies homeowners of better times to use energy for routine household chores such as doing laundry or charging an electric car.
  • Convenience
    Have you ever 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. Some smart thermostats like Nest can automate home heating and cooling by learning your home’s occupancy and energy patterns to maximize comfort when you are home and energy savings when you are not.
  • Comfort
    Home technology allows you to adjust your home’s interior environment before you arrive. With the touch of a button you can adjust interior lights, your heating system and more to ensure your home is at your desired comfort level the moment you walk in the door.

Adding home technology to your home and lifestyle can have many benefits! Check out the links above to learn more about these options.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Smiling family with warm floors thanks to their insulated crawl space
If your home is built on a crawl space, you know firsthand the challenges it can cause. Moisture in a crawl space can cause a host of problems. A damp crawl space is an ideal living space for pests, can cause odor inside the home and can compromise the structure of your home. Insulating your crawl space can dramatically improve your home’s comfort, can help reduce your energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Don’t wait until summer to insulate and air seal your crawl space! Here are three reasons to insulate your crawl space before winter:

  1. Improved air quality
    Crawl spaces are naturally damp. As your home breathes, air from your crawl space flows into your home’s living space through penetration points around wiring, plumbing holes and more. This means the air in your crawl space is mingling with the air you breathe every day. Not only is this distasteful, it’s also unhealthy. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality will help keep pollutants out of your home.
  2. Lower energy bills
    Does your furnace run more than you would like during the winter months? This can be in part from damp, cool air from your crawl space being drawn into your home. This air then has to be heated to your comfort level, requiring additional effort for your HVAC system – and additional energy use. Sealing your crawl space will help keep winter energy bills in line and help your HVAC system maintain a longer life.
  3. A more comfortable home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cool during winter? Is your main living area cooler than the upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space can help moderate the temperature in your crawl space and keep cool air away from your floors.

Crawl space problems don’t go away, but they can be corrected! Don’t let another season go by with a damp crawl space. Contact our office with your crawl space questions or to schedule a free crawl space estimate.












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