Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Family enjoying comfortable home
Homes built on crawl spaces face unique challenges. If your home is built on a crawl space, you know firsthand the problems a crawl space can cause. Crawl spaces become naturally moist and are ideal living spaces for pests. A damp crawl space can cause odor inside the home and also compromise the structure of your home. These problems can be reduced by insulating and sealing your crawl space. Sealing your crawl space can also improve your home’s comfort, help reduce your energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Winter is a great time to insulate and air seal your crawl space. Here are three reasons to insulate and air seal your crawl space before winter:

  1. Better Indoor Air Quality
    There are penetration points in the ceiling of your crawl space that connect directly to the main floor of your home. These penetration points are a natural part of the construction process and exist around wiring, plumbing holes and more. As your home breathes, damp air from your crawl space flows into your home’s living space. This brings the damp, polluted air directly into your home and the air your family breathes. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space can help improve air quality inside your home.
  2. Reduced Energy Bills
    Your home’s natural airflow draws damp, cool air from your crawl space into your home. This air then has to be heated to your comfort level, requiring additional effort for your HVAC system – and additional energy use. Sealing your crawl space can help keep energy bills in line and help your HVAC system maintain a longer life.
  3. A More Comfortable Home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cool during the winter months? Is your main living area cooler than the upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space can help moderate the temperature in your crawl space and keep cool air away from your floors.

Crawl space problems don’t go away, but they can be corrected! Don’t let another season go by with a damp crawl space. Contact our office with your crawl space questions or to schedule a free crawl space estimate.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don’t let another season of cool temps drive up your energy bills and make your home uncomfortable. If now is the right time to save money on energy bills, we can help! Here are five steps that can help keep your energy bills in line and keep your home comfortable:

  1. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan.
    Let’s start with the easiest thing first! It’s common for this step to be overlooked. Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft. This redistributes warm air and can make your home more comfortable.
  2. Upgrade Attic Insulation.
    The majority of a home’s heat loss occurs through your attic. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost-effective way to save money on energy bills.
  3. Check Your Gutters.
    Water can cause huge damage to a home! When you’re removing leaves from your gutters, check that they are fully functioning so they can properly drain water away from your home. (Tired of cleaning your gutters? Consider adding gutter leaf protection).
  4. Air Seal.
    Air sealing helps prevent conditioned air from escaping. By sealing penetration points around the shell of your home, you’ll keep conditioned air inside your home and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  5. Check Your HVAC System.
    Your HVAC system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your system checked can also help prevent a system break down.

Interested in upgrading your attic insulation, upgrading your gutters, or sealing air leaks? Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

It’s the time of year when a homeowner starts thinking about cleaning up leaves from their yard. Don’t forget about your gutters! Leaves easily collect in gutters, causing a variety of problems. If you’re tired of cleaning gutters every fall, consider adding leaf protection. If your gutters don’t have leaf protection, follow these steps to properly clean your gutters:

Clean out debris.
Carefully remove debris from the gutters to keep water moving away from your home. When cleaning your gutters, wear work gloves to keep your hands protected from sticks or any other objects. Washing out any remaining dirt can help the gutters perform better.

Check the installation.
The next step is to check that the gutters are properly secured. If there are loose areas or pieces missing, this is the time to replace them.

Check for damage.
Damaged gutters can damage your home. If you are need of a temporary fix, caulk can help until you can get new gutters installed. Also remember to check the rivets that are near the down spouts. The rivets help water flow properly to and through the down spout rather than running over the sides and down to your foundation.

If you notice problems with your gutters, it’s time to have them replaced. Contact our office to discuss your questions and schedule a free estimate. 



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Attic Insulation - Myrtle Beach, SC
When you think of upgrading your home’s insulation, the attic is often the first area that comes to mind! This is the first area of a home that should receive an insulation upgrade. Do you know why it’s important to upgrade your home’s attic insulation?

  1. Air Flow. Air naturally moves upward through your house (from the ground to the sky). This means your home’s interior air that’s already been cooled or heated is naturally drawn up and out of your house.  Adding insulation creates a thermal barrier to help keep air in. Air sealing your attic is an additional layer of protection to prevent air from moving around insulation and flowing out of the home.
  2. Energy Savings. Heating and cooling costs account for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency and keeping conditioned air inside your home will help reduce energy bills and wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  3. Low Cost and High Return. Insulation has a high return on investment. Upgrading your home’s insulation will begin to pay back through lower energy bills on the first day it’s installed. To save even more, consider fiberglass insulation as a low cost option.

Upgrading attic insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation and air sealing? Contact us for a free estimate.

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