Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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 option 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. By upgrading the energy efficiency of your home’s attic and walls, you will be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and will see a greater energy benefit.

Air 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. By upgrading your attic insulation, conditioned air will stay inside 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 the bottom line, your 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.




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Keeping your home cool during warm summer months can feel like a full-time job. Adding a radiant barrier to your attic can help reduce summer heat gain and decrease cooling costs. A radiant barrier is an insulation product consisting of material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it.

Radiant energy from the sun is the primary force in causing the roof to heat. Much of this radiant heat is conducted into the attic through the shingles, roof deck and other roofing materials. Heat is trapped inside the attic and raises the temperature of the ducts and attic floor. Although insulation helps manage the temperature inside your home, a radiant barrier reflects heat out of the attic and helps keep the attic cooler than insulation alone.

A radiant barrier is very effective in hot, sunny climates. Some data indicates that adding a radiant barrier to your home can reduce cooling costs up to 10 percent. If you’re adding a cooling system to a new home or upgrading your home’s existing cooling system, a radiant barrier may allow you to install a smaller cooling system.

Learn more about radiant barrier systems by contacting our office at (704) 821-4343! We are happy to discuss your project and the benefits of adding a radiant barrier.



Monday, May 21, 2018

When warm summer weather arrives, most homeowners think about painting, landscaping and other outdoor projects. Upgrading home insulation is one of the last things that come to mind. Although insulation is commonly associated with cold weather, the thermal barrier it creates is just as important during hot summer weather.

When the weather is hot, the sun heats the surface of your roof. This heat transfers to the air inside your attic. At the same time your attic is heating up, your air conditioning system is working overtime to manage the indoor temperature. In an attempt to create a temperature balance, hot attic air moves into your home’s cooled living space. This in turn heats your home’s inside temperature, requiring your cooling system to work even harder.

This same situation applies to wall insulation. When exterior walls are heated by the hot summer sun, the temperature inside the wall cavity increases. This warm air will attempt to create a balance by moving into your home’s living space. Adding wall insulation helps reduce this heat transfer to keep your home comfortable.

When a home is properly insulated and air sealed, warm air stays out of your living space. This means your cooling system runs less often, reducing your monthly energy bills. Let’s not forget – upgrading insulation will keep your home comfortable all year. This one investment will pay you back month after month!

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


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rain gutters installed on two story home
Your rain gutter system can make or break your home’s structure. Unfortunately, rain gutters in Charlotte, North Carolina don’t get the attention they deserve. Rain gutters are easy to forget, until a home’s structure is impacted by pooling water, leaks and more.

If your Charlotte, North Carolina rain gutter system isn’t professionally installed or if it needs repairs, your home can be impacted by the following:

  • Roof/attic problems – An improper or damaged gutter system can allow rainwater to back up under shingles. From here, water can leak into the roof and cause a tremendous amount of damage. Uncovering and repairing roof water damage can be a complex and expensive project.  Roof water damage can also require home attic insulation to be replaced.
  • Exterior walls – If a home’s rain gutter system isn’t in proper working order, rainwater can run down the home’s exterior walls. This water can get underneath a home’s siding and into the wall assembly. If a home has brick exterior, rainwater can erode and discolor the brick.
  • Foundation damage – When water is not properly drained from the home it can pool around the home’s foundation. Over time this water will seep into the ground and run down the foundation exterior causing damage including cracks and leaks.
  • Landscape damage – Pooling water can damage your home’s landscaping. It can affect both the landscape structure and the integrity of plants.

The cost to add a proper rain gutter system or repair a current system in Charlotte is a fraction of the cost to repair water damage. Hiring a professional gutter company in Charlotte is the best way to ensure your home is protected from water damage. If you are looking for a rain gutter estimate in Charlotte, North Carolina call ABS Insulating. Our professional gutter installers will provide a free gutter estimate for your home. 



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