Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Even though we like to hold onto summer as long as possible, winter will arrive in no time. If you are once again waiting for the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter, you will suffer with higher than necessary energy bills. This year, stay ahead of the season and get to work on these four tasks:

  1. Tune Up Your Furnace
    Your home’s heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Routine servicing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Check Your Insulation
    A fresh blanket of insulation in your attic adds a thermal layer of protection. Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on energy bills. Take it a step further by sealing air leaks in your attic floor as well as around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other penetration points around your home.
  3. Maintain Your Rain Gutters
    Fall is the time when leaves, sticks and other debris pile up in your gutters. This debris can cause poor water drainage and harm to your home’s foundation. This is the time of year to add gutter leaf protection and have your rain gutters checked for damage.
  4. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.

If your home needs an insulation upgrade, gutter repair or gutter protection, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!



Monday, September 17, 2018

Proper installation techniques are critical to insulation performance, energy conservation and comfort. As a professional insulation contractor, it’s our responsibility to educate and train our team members – from installers to management – on proper insulation installation methods.

In August 2018 the teams from ABS Coastal Insulating and ABS Insulating participated in Grade I Fiberglass Insulation training. The training was led by Janet Miller, Outreach Manager at Appalachian State University’s Energy Center and in partnership with NAIMA. Training topics included the building science behind what makes Grade I so effective, the fundamentals of building energy codes and delivery of repeatable Grade I installations on every fiberglass insulation installation.

By following Grade I Installation techniques we will help our customers save money by decreasing energy waste and comfort. Trainings were held onsite at our Myrtle Beach and Charlotte locations.




Monday, August 20, 2018

When thinking of a home upgrade that will increase energy efficiency, homeowners typically consider two projects: insulation or windows. There is a lot of confusion about which investment provides a better return on investment.

Building envelope

Your home’s envelope consists of the walls, floor and roof. When considering the total square footage of your home’s envelope, windows make up a very a small portion of it. By investing in upgrading the energy efficiency of a home’s attic and walls (more square footage), you’ll be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and see a greater energy benefit.

Heat flow

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. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. Adding air sealing further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around ducts, attics and more.

R-value

R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc.

Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading insulation to current code would result in attic r-value of R-30 to R-38 in North Carolina. When you consider the difference in r-value and the natural heat flow in a home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost

When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Myrtle Beach area is $3,708. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade blown-in insulation in the Myrtle Beach area is $1,470.*

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

* Project costs can vary


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Uncomfortable summer temperatures can take a toll on your energy bills. If summer heat is taking the fun out of your summer – and money out of your wallet – here are five ways to ease the pinch:
  • Run Ceiling Fans. Keep your ceiling fans running to circulate conditioned air. This can also increase comfort by keeping the air moving in the home.
  • Seal Air Leaks. All homes have air leaks as 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. By adding a timer to your bath fan, you can schedule it to run on daily basis 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 provide 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 temperatures 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.



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Keeping your home cool during warm summer months can feel like a full-time job. Adding a radiant barrier to your attic can help reduce summer heat gain and decrease cooling costs. A radiant barrier is an insulation product consisting of material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it.

Radiant energy from the sun is the primary force in causing the roof to heat. Much of this radiant heat is conducted into the attic through the shingles, roof deck and other roofing materials. Heat is trapped inside the attic and raises the temperature of the ducts and attic floor. Although insulation helps manage the temperature inside your home, a radiant barrier reflects heat out of the attic and helps keep the attic cooler than insulation alone.

A radiant barrier is very effective in hot, sunny climates. Some data indicates that adding a radiant barrier to your home can reduce cooling costs up to 10 percent. If you’re adding a cooling system to a new home or upgrading your home’s existing cooling system, a radiant barrier may allow you to install a smaller cooling system.

Learn more about radiant barrier systems by contacting our office at 843-353-1502! We are happy to discuss your project and the benefits of adding a radiant barrier.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

When warm summer weather arrives, most homeowners think about painting, landscaping and other outdoor projects. Upgrading home insulation is one of the last things that come to mind. Although insulation is commonly associated with cold weather, the thermal barrier it creates is just as important during hot summer weather.

When the weather is hot, the sun heats the surface of your roof. This heat transfers to the air inside your attic. At the same time your attic is heating up, your air conditioning system is working overtime to manage the indoor temperature. In an attempt to create a temperature balance, hot attic air moves into your home’s cooled living space. This in turn heats your home’s inside temperature, requiring your cooling system to work even harder.

This same situation applies to wall insulation. When exterior walls are heated by the hot summer sun, the temperature inside the wall cavity increases. This warm air will attempt to create a balance by moving into your home’s living space. Adding wall insulation helps reduce this heat transfer to keep your home comfortable.

When a home is properly insulated and air sealed, warm air stays out of your living space. This means your cooling system runs less often, reducing your monthly energy bills. Let’s not forget – upgrading insulation will keep your home comfortable all year. This one investment will pay you back month after month!

Not sure if your insulation is doing its job? Contact our office. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule a free estimate.



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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 to 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!

Spray foam insulation is the ideal product to insulate and seal air leaks in one step. 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 the product expands, air leaks are sealed and R-value is added.

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact our office today!



Friday, February 9, 2018

Thinking of installing your own insulation? You’re not alone. There are a variety of resources that illustrate how easy it can be to install insulation. As easy as this may look, when it comes to installing or upgrading home insulation it’s best to hire a professional insulation contractor.

Here are three reasons why hiring a professional insulation contractor is better than installing insulation yourself:

  1. Installation Quality. If proper installation techniques are not followed, your home’s insulation will not perform properly. A professional insulation contractor knows how to properly install insulation to maximize performance. A professional contractor will install attic venting to ensure proper airflow and can seal air leaks to reduce outside air infiltration.
  2. Code and Building Science Knowledge. A professional insulation contractor is up to date on local building codes, new insulation technologies, installation methods and more. By hiring a professional insulation contractor you can be sure your home is properly insulated and as energy efficient as possible.
  3. Safety.  A professional insulation contractor is trained to spot hazards such as faulty wiring (including knob and tube), improper insulating around recessed lights and more.

Installing insulation is more complex than meets the eye. Hire a professional insulation contractor and have the job done right the first time! Our office provides free estimates. Call our office to schedule your free estimate.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

When it comes to home improvement projects or building a new home, it’s hard to know if you’re choosing the best contractor for your job. How do you know the company is reputable and will be there to handle a problem that could come up down the road? Can you trust them to show up on the day the work is to be performed?

Don’t let the process of hiring an insulation contractor become overwhelming. Here are some tips to help ensure you are making the right choice:

  • Experienced. There are many contractors who have limited insulation experience. It’s important to know your contractor has detailed insulation experience, particularly on your type of project. Check references and work history to be certain you are choosing a qualified contractor.
  • Understands building science. A good insulation contractor will have a deep knowledge of building science. They will be able to speak clearly about your home’s overall energy performance and answer questions about topics like air sealing, mechanical ventilation, indoor air quality and more.
  • Licensed and insured. A quality contractor should carry the proper insurance and licensing to work on your home or other project. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Customer focused. It is never too early to receive great service! A professional contractor will return your calls in a timely manner, answer your questions and fully explain your project estimate.

ABS Coastal Insulating has over 25 years of insulation experience. They are current on new insulation technologies, are properly licensed and insured, and care about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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 and allergens. 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. 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. Your home is insulated and air sealed with one application!

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








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