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!


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