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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Is your home built on a crawl space? If so, there may be hidden problems that affect your home and your family. If your crawl space is not insulated and air sealed, here’s what could be in store:

  1. MOISTURE DAMAGE
    Moisture is the number one enemy of a crawl space and often goes unnoticed. A damp crawl space can affect the integrity of your floor joists and impact the structure of your home. The first step is to be sure water is properly draining away from your home. Next, insulate and air seal your crawl space to further help the space remain dry.
  2. PESTS
    Damp environments create ideal living conditions for pests. Wet or damp wood framing provides an excellent food source for termites and other insects. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space helps close access points to your crawl space. It also reduces moisture – one of the factors that draws in pests in the first place.
  3. POOR AIR QUALITY
    Your home naturally breathes. Airflow in a home goes from the ground, up through the house and out through the roofline. If your home is on a damp crawlspace, that damp air (and everything in it) is drawn up through the home and into the air you and your family breathe.  Air sealing your crawl space keeps that air below your home and out of your indoor air.
  4. LOST ENERGY DOLLARS
    Need one more reason to insulate and air seal your crawl space? An unfinished crawl space affects your monthly energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to uneven temperatures between rooms as well as high heating and cooling bills. Insulating and air sealing your crawl space can help keep your home comfortable and save money on monthly energy bills.
If you have questions about your crawl space, contact our office. We are happy to provide an estimate to insulate and air seal your crawl space.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looking for a product that will increase your home’s r-value and seal air leaks in one step? Spray foam insulation is the answer. The combination of insulating and air sealing is one of the best ways to save money on energy bills, improve indoor air quality and make your home more comfortable.

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. Homes have natural penetration points that result from the construction process. These penetration points are found around ducts, vents, chimneys, windows and more. These leaks allow outside air to enter the home and heated or cooled inside air to escape the home. This uncontrolled airflow can allow too much or too little air to enter or leave the home and provide entry points for pests, allergens and more. Sealing air leaks is an important step to reduce energy costs, help to keep out pests and allergens, and increase the overall air quality in your home.

Air sealing is an important part of home energy efficiency. It doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. Spray foam insulation is a perfect solution to insulate and seal air leaks in one step. When applied spray foam insulation expands to completely fill a cavity. It is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume, allowing it to completely fill a cavity and seal any leaks in that cavity. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in spray foam insulation and ready to get an estimate for your next project? Contact us today to learn more. 



 




Friday, July 28, 2017

Uncomfortable summer temperatures can take a toll on our energy bills. If summer heat is taking the fun out of your summer – and money out of your wallet – here are three easy things you can do to ease the pinch:
  • Run Ceiling Fans. Keep your ceiling fans running to circulate conditioned air. This can also create comfort by keeping the air moving in the home.
  • Seal Air Leaks. All homes have air leaks, a result of the construction process. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape, causing your cooling system to run more often. Having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor will help ensure the job is done right the first time.
  • Run Bath Fans. Running your bath fan after showers will help remove warm, humid air. Adding a timer to your bath fan can help it run on a regular basis each day to continually move stale, warm air out of the house.
  • Adjust Your Thermostat. If your home has a programmable thermostat, check it. Can you turn it up a degree or two during the day? Increasing the temperature in your home during the day when there are fewer people at home can create some relief in your energy bills.
  • Increase Attic Insulation. Many homes don’t have enough attic insulation. Even newer homes may have attic insulation that does not meet current codes. Contact a qualified contractor to have insulation added to your attic. Increasing your attic insulation can save up to 30% on your energy bills!
If summer temps are making your home uncomfortable, now is the time to do something about it. If you’d like us to check your attic insulation level or talk with you about air sealing, give us a call to schedule your free estimate.



Monday, July 24, 2017

Upgrading insulation often comes to mind when a homeowner wants to save money on their energy bills. Investing in upgraded attic insulation is an important energy upgrade for any home! Insulation reduces heat transfer and can reduce monthly energy bills.

Did you know air sealing your attic prior to adding insulation could save even more money?

The shell (also known as the envelope) of a home contains penetration points. These exist around places like windows, doors and electrical outlets. In an attic, these penetration points can be found around light fixtures, vents, chimneys and other similar points. There are many benefits to air sealing:
  • Reduced energy bills. Air sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills by keeping air that has already been heated or cooled inside. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.
  • Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system. By keeping heated or cooled air in your home, your HVAC system runs less often. This helps reduces wear and tear on the system and can extend its life.
  • Better indoor air quality. Sealing air leaks can reduce the number of outside pollutants that enter a home. Not only can it keep your home cleaner by keeping out dust, pollen and even insects, it helps keep these out of the air you breathe.
Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In one step, foam insulation can air seal, create a thermal barrier and can even help control moisture. If you’re looking to air seal and insulate, spray foam is a great product to consider.

Interested in air sealing and insulating your home. Contact us to learn more.


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