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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.

New home construction

Three New Home Features that Save Money and Energy

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!