Friday, June 16, 2017

When we think of air quality, we most often think of outdoor air. Did you know that the air inside your home may have the biggest impact on your health? One estimate indicates the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home (via The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USEPA).

Indoor air quality can be affected by many things – construction materials, materials used to manufacture furniture, cleaning products used in our homes, etc. If you would like to improve the air quality inside your home, here are some steps:

Change cleaning products – look for cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. that are made with natural ingredients or are low-emitting products.

Air seal your home – keeping out external pollutants helps maintain your home’s indoor environment. When external pollutants are kept out, your indoor air can be properly tested and maintained. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.

Ventilation – After your home is air sealed, having a proper mechanical ventilation system will help remove indoor air pollutants.

Contact our office to learn about how spray foam insulation can help keep out external pollutants, help maintain your home’s indoor air quality, and help reduce your energy bills. We are happy to provide a free estimate.



Friday, May 12, 2017

Many homeowners associate home insulation with keeping a home warm during cool weather. As a thermal barrier, insulation does keep a home warm during cool months – and it helps keep your home cool during summer heat. Here’s how it works.

  • The sun heats the surface of your roof, which in turn heats the air inside your attic.
  • The air in your home’s living space is cooler than hot attic air. In an attempt to balance the air, the hot air in the attic moves into your home’s living space.

When a home’s attic is properly insulated and air sealed, warm air stays out of your living space. The result is an HVAC system that runs less which can reduce your monthly energy bills – not to mention your home will be more comfortable!

There’s one added bonus! Upgrading attic insulation will keep your home comfortable all year. This one investment will pay back month after month!

Not sure if your insulation is doing its job? Contact our office. We’re happy to answer your questions and schedule a free estimate.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Air leaks occur around the envelope of any building, a result of the construction process. Air infiltrates a home as a result of a home’s natural “breathing”. As air escapes through the top of a home, outside air enters through penetration points around the home’s exterior.

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and can increase the overall air quality inside a home.

At one time it was believed air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency – but it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. For homeowners looking to insulate and seal air leaks, spray foam insulation is a perfect solution.

When applied, spray foam insulation expands to fill a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. As a result the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.



Monday, May 1, 2017

When spring arrives, it means summer fun and long days aren’t far away. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, spring is the beginning of a very unpleasant season.

Did you know that air sealing your home can help reduce allergy symptoms? As a home naturally breathes, outside air is pulled into the home through penetration points. These points exist around the home’s shell – around windows, HVAC venting, can lights, chimneys and more. This natural process pulls pollen and other outside pollutants into the home, directly into the air you breathe.

Air sealing your home helps keep outside air (and outside pollutants) out of your home. In addition reducing pollutants in the home, air sealing can create a more comfortable living environment year round. By keeping unconditioned air outside the home, drafts are reduced and a home’s internal temperature is more easily maintained. This makes the home more comfortable and also reduces energy bills!

Air sealing should be done by a professional – whether you are sealing a new home or an existing home. There are many penetration points in a home’s exterior that the eye can’t see – comprehensive air sealing by a professional will help ensure your home is completely and properly sealed.

Interested in air sealing? Contact our office to schedule your free air sealing estimate!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Have a crawl space? You may have big problems.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Why? Soil has high humidity. This humidity causes a crawl space to become damp. This environment can harbor mold, creating a living space for pests and great an unhealthy environment.

This unhealthy environment directly affects your home and your family. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

There are many benefits to air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space:

  • You create a more comfortable and healthier living environment for you and your family.
  • You can saving on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home (a result of natural air flow).
  • You protect the structure of your home. Reducing moisture in your crawl space keeps your home’s foundation dry and intact.

Have questions or concerns about your crawl space? Contact us for a free estimate. We are happy to help!



Monday, November 28, 2016

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home. Not only can water damage cause mold, it can compromise the structure of your home. Choosing gutters isn’t the first thing most people think of when building or remodeling a home. But knowing the damage poor gutters can cause, they are one of the most important investments you can make to protect your home.

It’s important to choose the right size gutters and have them professionally installed. The proper choice and installation of rain gutters helps draw water away from your home, saving thousands of dollars in potential future repairs. In addition, installing a gutter drain system can help further draw water from your home.

Gutters are available in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes (5” and 6”). With today’s design options, gutters can enhance the look of your home.

ABS has been installing gutters since 1998. Our gutter division delivers the same quality and attention to detail as our insulation clients. We have knowledge of and experience in every aspect of rain gutter selection, customization and installation.

Contact our office to discuss your project or schedule a free estimate. 




If you want to save money on your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home, start at the top. Did you know that 70% of energy loss is up, not out? By increasing the efficiency of your attic, a homeowner can begin to see a reduction in energy bills almost immediately.

Energy efficiency is about more than insulation. An efficient attic includes air sealing. According to the Department of Energy, having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

Air Sealing
Air sealing prevents airflow. Proper air sealing of a home prevents airflow between a home and attic, helping heated or cooled air stay inside the home by closing the gaps that leak air. Think of air sealing like closing a window before running air conditioning – why condition the interior air if you are going to let it sneak out through a gap in your home’s envelope?

Your home may have leaks that are easily to see through a simple visual inspection. Your home also has many air leaks that can’t be easily seen. These are commonly found around light boxes, plumbing stacks, soffit drops, basement box sills and more. Having your home professionally air sealed and adding proper mechanical ventilation can help keep conditioned air in, pests and allergens out and ensure your home has proper air exchange.

Insulating
Many times when upgrading insulation in existing homes, blown-in fiberglass is added on top of existing insulation. This adds R-value to the home and creates a fresh new blanket of protection.

Even newer homes can benefit from upgraded insulation. As building codes increase, nearly all homes need more insulation to ensure they are meeting current standards.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional insulation or air sealing? Call our team of experts for a free estimate today! 





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