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Monday, January 15, 2018
Considering Home Improvements? Insulation Rates Highest in ROI.

Considering Home Improvements? Insulation Rates Highest in ROI.

Remodeling Magazine ranked “adding attic insulation” as the top “bang for the buck” home improvement project in 2017. The report included the 29 top remodeling projects done in a home, ranking average cost against return on investment during resale.

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report shows adding attic insulation delivers over a 100% return on investment – the only home project that returns more than the project cost. The second place return-on-investment project, replacing a front entry door, came in at just over 90% return on investment.

Visit Remodeling Magazine’s report for more information and to see how other projects rank.

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Three Questions to Ask Your Commercial Insulation Contractor

Three Questions to Ask Your Commercial Insulation Contractor

Commercial Building Construction
With the scale of a commercial project, each decision becomes even more important – including choosing the right insulation contractor. Making a poor choice can affect construction schedules, energy bills, and the comfort of occupants. Selecting the best commercial insulation contractor can make the construction process easier and save headaches down the road.

To help ensure you’re hiring the right commercial insulation company for your next project, ask these questions:
  • What is your commercial insulation experience? Commercial insulation is a specialty. It’s important to know when you hire a commercial insulator that the company has experience in commercial insulation. The right commercial insulation contractor should confidently answer questions about fire ratings, codes, etc.
  • What product and technology training do you receive? A savvy commercial insulation contractor will recommend new technologies for your project that can help improve performance, acoustics, aesthetics and more. A professional commercial insulation contractor will be up to date on product and installation trends and be able to recommend solutions to make your project even better.
  • How large is your installer base? Don’t wait until scheduling day to find out if your commercial insulation contractor has the installer base to complete your job on schedule. Ask your contractor about the size of their installer base. You might also consider asking about their track record of completing commercial insulation projects on time.

Southland Insulators provides a wide range of commercial insulation products and installation techniques to fit any commercial insulation project. Our commercial insulation services and products include sound control, stick pin application, commercial spray foam insulation, fiberglass insulation, TBB for use with Icynene closed-cell spray foam and more. We insulate parking garage ceilings, multifamily buildings, schools, municipal buildings and many other commercial applications. Our large installer base and commercial insulation experience make us the right choice to be your commercial insulation contractor. Contact our office to discuss your next commercial construction project.

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Monday, December 18, 2017
Five Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Five Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Overlooking your home’s energy efficiency can create both structural and financial headaches. An inefficient home can affect comfort and drive up energy bills. A leaky, inefficient home can cause structural damage through water leaks and more. If you’re tired of higher-than-necessary energy bills and suffering in an uncomfortable home each winter, here are three ways to make your home more comfortable this winter.

  1. Air Seal
    A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Sealing air leaks around the home’s envelope and keeping conditioned air inside is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to help reduce energy loss. Sealing penetration points in the attic and around areas like doors, windows, electrical outlets, ducts and more will dramatically increase comfort.
  2. Add Insulation to Your Attic
    Most homes are under insulated based on current building codes. Adding a fresh layer of blown-in fiberglass after sealing attic air leaks can further reduce your energy bills and help keep your home comfortable.
  3. Check your Furnace
    Confirm your furnace is in good working order to uncover any problems that could arise and confirm it’s working as efficiently as possible. And remember to change your furnace filter!  A clean filter can reduce dust and help your furnace run more efficiently.
  4. Insulate and Seal Your Crawl Space
    Crawl spaces are naturally cool and damp. Because they are in direct contact with the main floor of your house, the condition within your crawl space can affect your home’s comfort. As your home breathes from ground to sky, this cool and damp air is drawn into your home’s interior through tiny penetration points around your floor. This can bring down the internal temperature of your home and drive up your heating bills. A poorly insulated basement without proper air sealing can also affect your home's temperature, comfort and unnecessarily drive up heating bills
  5. Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
    Take an inventory of your home’s light bulbs. You may be using inefficient bulbs that are using more energy than necessary. Upgrading to LED bulbs can reduce your energy bills – especially during winter’s shorter days and lights are on more than any other time of year.

Interested in making home energy improvements this winter? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Good, Better and Best of Attic Insulation

The Good, Better and Best of Attic Insulation

When it comes home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Building airflow moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keeps your home comfortable. Keeping conditioned air inside your home can also reduce wear and tear on your heating system and help keep energy bills in line.

There are three common methods use to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each.

Blown-in Fiberglass

Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add r-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics of existing homes or insulate attics in new homes.

Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing

Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. In an existing home, attic insulation is removed and penetration points around the attic floor are sealed. After air sealing is complete, a fresh blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. In a new home, penetration points around the attic floor are sealed before blown-in insulation is installed.

Spray Foam Insulation

Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on monthly energy bills. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today!  

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Four Fall Projects that Save Money and Energy

Four Fall Projects that Save Money and Energy

Homeowners seem to have a never-ending list of projects. Projects like landscaping, painting and other cosmetic projects are often a high priority. Before investing more time and additional resources this fall into these types of projects, consider some energy-saving improvements. Here are four projects that can help save money on energy bills and increase your home’s comfort this fall – and all year!

Add a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and your lifestyle. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.

Air Seal
A home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. A home has a natural updraft that draws inside air up and out of the home through small penetration points in the attic floor. Sealing air leaks around the building envelope – including in the attic – helps keep conditioned air in the home and energy bills low.

Upgrade Attic Insulation
Once attic air leaks are sealed, adding a blanket of insulation will provide additional energy savings. Think of air sealing as tucking the blanket around you and insulation as the blanket. Insulation provides a thermal layer to helps keep R-value (energy) in a home.

Tune up Your Furnace
A furnace works more efficiently and will have a longer life when it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before heating season is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.

Have questions on the air sealing or attic insulation recommendations above? Contact us for a free estimate.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Looking to save money on energy bills? Check your basement.

Looking to save money on energy bills? Check your basement.

When thinking about insulation, the attic is the first area of a home that comes to mind. Many homeowners never think of the energy lost through their basement box sills and rim joists.

Basement box sills and rim joists are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation. It is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allows outside air to easily leak into the basement.

Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home through this area, it is a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into your home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates. Be sure to hire a qualified, insured and experienced spray foam contractor for the job to ensure your basement box sills and rim joists are properly insulated and air sealed.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

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