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Nest thermostat

Five Summer Energy Tips

Have uncomfortable summer temperatures taken a toll on your energy bills? If summer heat has taken the fun out of your summer – and money out of your wallet – here are five things you can do 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 a 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 have made your home uncomfortable, it’s time to do something about it. If you’d like us to check your attic insulation level or talk with you about air sealing, contact us to schedule your free estimate.

Blown-in attic insulation

Three Reasons to Upgrade Your Attic Insulation

When a homeowner thinks of upgrading their insulation, the first area of the home that comes to mind is the attic. This might seem like a common place to insulate – but do you really know why it matters? Here are three reasons to upgrade your attic insulation and seal attic air leaks:
  1. A home breathes, meaning there is a natural flow of air that occurs. This airflow starts at the ground, and moves up toward the sky and through the attic. Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in the attic prevents warm or cool air from leaving your home and saves on energy costs.
  2. Just as air flows out of your home, air naturally flows in to create balanced pressure. Insulating your attic and sealing attic air leaks can prevent unconditioned air from coming into your home. This means your HVAC system can work less to maintain your home’s interior temperature.
  3. Heating and cooling costs are a significant part of your monthly energy bills. One estimate indicates heating and cooling systems can account for 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency keeps your energy bills low and reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Adding 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? Contact us for a free estimate.

blown-in fiberglass insulation

Why You Should Insulate your Attic with Fiberglass

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.