Monday, March 26, 2018

Are you finalizing a plan for new home construction or remodeling an existing home? Don’t overlook air sealing and energy efficiency. Taking time today to effectively insulate and air seal your new home or remodeling project will save money for years to come.

Investing in air sealing and other energy efficiency measures has a huge payoff for homeowners and builders:

  • Better indoor air quality. When a home is not air sealed, pollutants, moisture and pollen can enter through penetration points in the home’s envelope. Sealing air leaks helps keep pollutants out of the home – especially important for people who suffer from asthma and/or allergies.
  • It’s easiest to air seal an open cavity. It is much easier to seal air leaks during construction when walls and other cavities are open. Adding air sealing as part of the construction process can reduce headaches later. Why put off air sealing when it can be done today?
  • A more comfortable home. Sealing air leaks helps increase comfort inside the home. This creates peace of mind for homeowners and happier customers for builders.
  • Higher home values. Energy efficient homes sell at a premium. This premium can be as much as 4% above the national average. Investment in air sealing and other energy upgrades benefits a homeowner when it’s time to sell, and saves the homeowner money on monthly energy bills while they own the home.
  • Credits and financing. Investment in energy efficient measures can qualify for financial assistance through tax credits or rebates and through energy-efficient financing (including an energy efficient mortgage/EEM). Check with your lender for more information.
If you’re interested in adding air sealing to your next project, contact our office. Our team is happy to answer questions and recommend a course of action for your project.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ventilation Exhaust Fan
Today’s homes are built using a variety of green building techniques. These methods create tighter, more efficient homes that can save homeowners money on energy bills. Tight building envelopes also keep air impurities inside the home including any chemicals used in cleaning products, paint, building materials and more. This combination makes a strong case for a proper home ventilation system to maintain your home’s air quality and energy efficiency.

Many factors influence the appropriate type of ventilation for a home including local code requirements, building size and types of appliances. Here are three of the most common ventilation systems:

  • Exhaust Only – Exhaust-only systems use an exhaust fan, typically placed in a kitchen or bathroom, to remove stale inside air and moisture. They often run on a timer so they can work throughout the day. This type of system relies on the home’s natural air leaks to allow outside air to enter. Exhaust-only systems do not properly manage the influx of outside air.
  • Supply Only – A supply-only system includes a fan that brings fresh air into the home and uses the home’s natural air leaks to allow inside air to escape. A filter can be added to the intake to trap pollen and other air pollutants before they enter the home. A dehumidifier can be added inside the home to control humidity levels. Supply-only systems bring in outside air but do not effectively manage removal of inside air.
  • Balanced – A balanced system includes both exhaust and supply, controlling ventilation at both ends. This system includes separate fans to manage air supply and air exhaust. Overall, this is a better ventilation system because it provides qualities of both exhaust-only and supply-only systems. However, it may be more costly to run.

Does your home have a ventilation system? Do you have questions about your home’s air sealing and ventilation? Contact us with any questions.









Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blown-in insulation being installed in an attic
When it comes home insulation, the first area that usually comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of the structure. By keeping conditioned air inside your home you can also reduce wear and tear on your heating system and help keep energy bills in line.

There are three common methods used to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing, and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each:

Blown-in Fiberglass
Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add R-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics in existing homes or insulate attics in new homes.

Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing
Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. 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 blown-in insulation is installed.

Spray Foam Insulation
Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on energy bills.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today! 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Contractor meeting with homeowner
There are many decisions to make if you are beginning a remodeling project or building a new home. The most important decision can be choosing the right contractor for your job. It can be challenging to be sure you choose the best contractor. How do you know the company is reputable and will be there to handle a problem that could occur down the road? Can you trust them to show up on the scheduled work day?

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

  • License and insurance. A professional insulation contractor will be properly licensed and insured to work on your home or project. You should ask for proof if you have any doubt.
  • Experience. There are insulation contractors in any market that have limited experience. They may be new to the business or don’t have experience working on your type of project. Ask about your insulation contractor’s experience, in particular on your type of project. You can also check references and work history.
  • Customer focus. A professional insulation contractor will return your calls in a timely manner, answer your questions and fully explain your project estimate. If you are not comfortable with the initial service you receive, bring it to the contractor’s attention or look for a replacement.

Allweather Insulation has extensive insulation experience, is properly licensed and insured, and cares about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to integrate energy saving products and features. Taking time to select the right building materials and products now will pay off with increased indoor comfort and lower energy bills on day one. Here are three areas of your new home where smart energy investments will pay off:

  1. Insulation
    Properly insulating your home’s exterior can keep energy bills low. Consider upgrading your attic insulation, wall insulation and crawl space insulation during the construction process. Adding a professionally installed blanket of insulation around your home’s exterior will help keep energy dollars in and exterior noise out.
  2. Air Sealing
    Air sealing complements insulation by sealing penetration points to stop conditioned air from escaping your home. Some penetration points are visible to the eye while others are more difficult to identify. Tip: Choose spray foam insulation for your new home to add R-value and fully seal air leaks in one step.
  3. Doors and Windows
    Choose proper exterior doors and windows. Different sides of your home can be impacted by various weather factors including wind and sun. Consider the energy rating for windows and doors and the side of the home on which they will be installed. Be sure your insulation contractor fully air seals around all doors and windows.

Do you have questions about insulation and air sealing for your new home? Could your existing home benefit from air sealing and upgraded insulation? Contact our office – we can help!


Friday, October 20, 2017

If a home is built on a crawl space, it can mean trouble. Because a crawl space is in direct contact with the ground, the impact it can have on a home and residents is significant. Here are four problems that can be caused by a crawl space and how spray foam insulation can help:

  1. MOISTURE DAMAGE
    Moisture is the number one enemy of a crawl space. Moisture damage from drainage and its direct contact with the earth can go unnoticed and lead to a host of other problems! Air sealing and insulating your crawl space as well as ensuring proper drainage around your home can help eliminate moisture and any associated problems.
  2. POOR AIR QUALITY
    The air quality within a crawl space has a direct impact on the air quality inside your home. As your home naturally breathes, moist air flows up from the earth. The damp air in a crawl space gets pulled into living areas of a home through unsealed areas between the crawl space and the first floor of your home (such as air ducts, wiring holes, plumbing penetrations, etc). Any air quality issues in a crawl space are guaranteed to impact a home’s living area.
  3. PESTS
    Damp conditions in a crawl space create ideal living conditions for pests, combined with any warmth from heating ducts and the wood joists that serve as a food source. Using spray foam insulation to insulate and air seal a crawl space eliminates access points for pests and the moisture that attracted them in the first place.
  4. LOST ENERGY DOLLARS
    If the integrity of a home’s structure and indoor air quality isn’t enough to convince a homeowner to insulate and air seal a crawl space, consider the impact on energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to uncomfortable temperatures on the first floor of a home, uneven temperature between rooms and elevated heating and cooling bills.

Your crawl space is a huge opportunity to save energy, save money and improve a home’s indoor air quality. Upgrading your crawl space is an investment in your home and your family’s health. What are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

Monday, September 25, 2017

When you think of upgrading your home’s insulation, the attic is often the first area that comes to mind. Air naturally moves through a house from ground to sky. By focusing your dollars on an attic upgrade you are focusing on the number one area of energy loss.

Fiberglass insulation is great option for insulating attics and for any area of a home. Here are three benefits of upgrading your attic with fiberglass insulation:

  • Fiberglass insulation is a cost-effective insulator. Fiberglass insulation is a low-cost product that is easy to install. It can easily be blown over existing insulation, creating a complete blanket to help reduce energy bills and keep your home comfortable.
  • Fiberglass insulation is a green product from manufacturing to installation. Fiberglass insulation is manufactured primarily from recycled glass. This means there are fewer natural resources used to manufacture fiberglass insulation than some other types of insulation. When installed, fiberglass insulation over its lifetime saves more energy than it took to produce. If you’re looking for a green product to insulate your home, fiberglass insulation is ideal.
  • Fiberglass insulation can be as effective as spray foam. When combining fiberglass insulation with full air sealing, fiberglass insulation can provide the thermal and air sealing benefits as spray foam – at a lower price point. Having your home fully air sealed by a qualified contractor helps keep conditioned air inside the home to increase comfort and reduce energy bills

Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic 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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