Category: attic insulation

Thermostat

Saving on Your Summer Energy Bill

 Summer Energy Bills at Myrtle Beach, SC

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.

Best of Attic Insulation in Myrtle Beach, SC

Good, Better and Best Attic Insulation

 Attic Insulation & Air Sealing in Myrtle Beach, SC

When it comes to home insulation, one of the first areas that come to mind is the attic. Do you know why attic insulation is important? Buildings have a natural airflow that draws inside air up and out. Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in an attic helps keep air that has already been heated inside your home, keeping your HVAC system from running unnecessarily and helping keep energy bills in line.

There are many ways to insulate an attic, with each option offering different levels of performance. Here are three ways to insulate your attic:

  • Good: Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation. Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation to an existing attic increases R-value by adding a fresh blanket of insulating protection to your home. This is a basic method of upgrading attic insulation and a cost-effective option.
  • Better: Adding insulation and sealing air leaks. Sealing air leaks and upgrading insulation dramatically improves home energy efficiency. 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 insulation is installed.
  • Best: Insulating with spray foam. Spray foam insulation can be installed in an existing attic or the attic of a new home for optimal energy protection. Insulation is removed from the attic of an existing home and spray foam is installed along the roofline. This creates a thermal barrier along the attic ceiling to allow for storage along the attic floor. Spray foam insulation can be installed along the roofline of a new home as part of the construction process.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Are you wondering which insulation method is right for your home? Contact us to talk with one of our estimators.

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5 Steps to Save on Energy Bills

 Save Energy Bills in Myrtle Beach, SC

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!

Blow Insulation in Myrtle Beach, SC

3 Reasons to Upgrade Your Attic Insulation

Ways to Upgrade Attic Insulation in 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 cost-effective and helps you save money on your energy bills. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation and air sealing? Contact us for a free estimate.