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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 you’re 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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend area since Hurricane Carla in September 1961. The flooding resulting from Harvey's flooding is one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. It’s estimated the storm damage will amount to billions of dollars.

Even though Hurricane Harvey is off the front page of daily news, there’s no doubt the impact of this storm is far from over. The real heavy lifting of recovery and reconstruction is underway, and will continue for quite some time.

With many connections to the Houston area, the founders of Southland Insulators and its affiliated companies have been moved to assist. To this end, Southland Insulators along with DeVere Insulation, Delmarva Insulation, Delmarva Spray Foam, Foam InSEALators, Liberty Insulation, DeVere Insulation Home Performance and The Fifth Fuel are donating $28,000 help with recovery efforts.

Jerry and Nancy Palmer along with Bob and Carolyn DeVere have selected two Texas charities to receive these funds – Samaritan’s Purse and Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries. Each organization will receive $14,000 to aid in their mission of helping local families recover from this tragedy.

We are proud to support our local communities and support others during times of tragedy. If you are moved, we encourage you to donate to one of these Houston-based organizations to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Three Things You Don’t Know About Fiberglass Insulation

Three Things You Don’t Know About Fiberglass Insulation

When most people think of insulation, the first thing that comes to mind is fiberglass insulation, the most widely used type of insulation. For decades, fiberglass insulation has been used to insulate attics, walls and other areas of new and existing structures. You may think you know the ways fiberglass insulation can be used but there are new methods you don’t know about that increase its effectiveness even more at a reasonable price point:

  • Loose Fill with Air Sealing – The woven fibers in this type of insulation do not inherently stop airflow. While fiberglass insulation adds r-value it does not keep conditioned air from escaping through penetration points. Combining fiberglass insulation with air sealing prevents conditioned air from escaping the home, helping reduce energy bills and wear and tear on your HVAC system. ENERGY STAR states sealing air leaks and insulating can save a homeowner on their energy bills.
  • Blown-in Wall System – In new home construction, many contractors choose to install fiberglass batt insulation in wall cavities. The blown-in wall system from Owens Corning takes wall insulation a step further. With this system, loose-fill fiberglass insulation is densely packed into the wall cavity behind a layer of plastic. This fully fills the wall cavity and reduces air gaps that naturally occur around batts. Many contractors take this system one step further by air sealing the wall cavity before installing insulation to increase energy efficiency even more.
  • Flash and Batt – The flash and batt system (also known as a hybrid system) combines the best of fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation in one application. During installation, spray foam insulation is applied to a cavity followed by a fiberglass batt. This system combines spray foam’s air sealing properties and the insulating benefits of fiberglass at a lower price point than installing full spray foam. 

There are many options to insulate your home or new construction project that you may know about. Contact our office to learn more about these options and others, and to schedule a free estimate.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Windows or Insulation? Read This First!

Windows or Insulation? Read This First!

When considering home upgrades, many homeowners consider two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment. Before you get out your wallet, read below so you can make the best choice for your home.

One factor in saving energy is sealing the building shell – the outer most part of your home including walls, roofline and attic, etc. Sealing the building shell will keep conditioned air inside the home will keep energy costs in line and make your home more comfortable. Windows comprise a small portion of the shell of your home and won’t provide the same energy benefits as air sealing and insulating.

Another factor in saving energy and considering insulation versus window is your home’s natural airflow. 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.

A final factor in saving energy is r-value. R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat transfer. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. and can be around 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Add this r-value with the prior data about heat flow in a home and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in our area is $5,372. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade fiberglass insulation in our area (before air sealing) is $1,511.

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

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Remodeling? Don’t Forget Insulation!

Remodeling? Don’t Forget Insulation!

There are many things to think about when remodeling a home. The last thing a homeowner thinks about is insulation – and it’s one part of the remodeling project you don’t want to overlook.

During most remodeling projects, the home’s primary insulating areas are open. Areas such as walls, ceilings and other areas that are normally closed off and more difficult to insulate become fully accessible during a remodel. This gives a contractor more insulating options and makes it easier for your insulation contractor to install upgraded insulation.

When considering insulation options for your remodeling project, spray foam insulation is a great option to consider. With one step, spray foam insulation will add R-value to a cavity and air seal. When spray foam is applied it expands to fill a given space. This allows it to fill crevices and seal air leaks with one step. By choosing spray foam insulation for your remodeling project you’ll receive two energy-saving benefits in one application.

If you are ready to remodel your home contact our office to discuss your project.
Our insulation experts can answer any questions about insulating your remodeling project and review your home to recommend other insulation upgrades.

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