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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.

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Radiant Barrier to Cool Your Home

 Radiant Barrier Systems in Myrtle Beach, SC
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.

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Insulate to Beat the Summer Heat

 Home Insulation in Myrtle Beach, SCWhen 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.

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Reasons to Hire an Insulation Contractor

 Insulating Contractor in Myrtle Beach, SC

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.

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Sealing & Insulating Your Crawl Space

 Insulate your Crawl Space in Myrtle Beach, SC

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.

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Crawl Space Hidden Problems

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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.

Air Sealing in Myrtle Beach, SC

What is Air Sealing and How it Saves Energy

Save Energy with Air Sealing in Myrtle Beach, SC

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.