Thursday, August 17, 2017

Building science is a new concept to some homeowners. Building science is the study of how buildings consume energy and taking 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 upgrading 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:
  • Reducing indoor allergens by helping to keep pollen and dust outside the home.
  • Helps create a more consistent indoor temperature, reducing hot or cold spots that result from air infiltration.
  • Reduce 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. With one application, spray foam insulation increases r-value and seals air leaks. This one application provides two benefits! Click here to learn more about spray foam insulation.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When thinking of a home upgrade that will increase energy efficiency, homeowners typically consider two projects: insulation or windows. There is a lot of confusion about which investment provides a better return on investment.

Building envelope

Your home’s envelope consists of the walls, floor and roof. When considering the total square footage of your home’s envelope, windows make up a very a small portion of it. By investing in upgrading the energy efficiency of a home’s attic and walls (more square footage), you’ll be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and see a greater energy benefit.

Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. Adding air sealing further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around ducts, attics and more.

R-value
R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc.

Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading insulation to current code would result in attic r-value of R-30 to R-38 in North Carolina. When you consider the difference in r-value and the natural heat flow in a home, it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost
When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Charlotte area is $4,526. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Charlotte area is $1,124.*

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

* Project costs can vary.




Monday, June 26, 2017

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. 




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.



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