HOW TO INSULATE PROPERLY:
Sealing and insulating the envelope of a home — its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors and floors — is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. ENERGY STAR estimates that homeowners can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by sealing and insulating.
We spray closed-cell foam into exposed wall cavities, or inject home-seal foam into closed wall cavities.
- We foam or caulk any seams
- We foam the window and doors
- We leave the jobsite clean
Foundation walls and slabs should be at least as well insulated as the living space walls. Uninsulated foundations have a negative impact on home energy use and comfort, especially if the family uses the lower parts of the house as a living space. Also, appliances that supply heat as a by-product, such as domestic water heaters, washers, dryers and freezers are often located in basements. By carefully insulating the foundation walls and floor of the basement, these appliances can assist in heating of the house.
- Properly insulating the foundation helps you meet ENERGY STAR requirements
- Homeowners can easily save up to $400 per year in heating and cooling costs by properly insulating the foundation
According to the US Department of Energy, up to 45% of a home’s energy loss is through the attic. R-49 insulation value is recommended for northern homes.
- We remove any old insulation
- We air-seal the attic including all air chutes and seams with closed-cell foam
- We seal all plumbing, electrical and can light fixture
- We add loose fill insulation to R-49
There is no feasible way to eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors, so the most effective way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. This is where closed-cell foam is used very effectively.
- Controls air and moisture infiltration and exfiltration
- Seamlessly fills irregular spaces, cracks, gaps and holes in the building’s structure to provide water resistance
WHERE ARE YOUR UPGRADE/REMODEL DOLLARS BEST SPENT?
This is a big question for home and business owners alike. A no-cost, no-obligation Building Performance Audit can give you direction.
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BENEFITS OF A BUILDING PERFORMANCE AUDIT
- The Building Performance Audit is a no-cost, no-obligation service
- Gives you information on where your home/business is consuming the most energy and how to fix the problem(s)
- Answers questions about problem areas in your building
- Gives you information on what to fix/upgrade first so you can form an action plan that fits your budget
- Gives you information on what tax credits and rebates are available to you
- Your Building Performance Audit is reviewed by an ENERGY STAR/BPI Building Analyst professional
COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY AUDITS AVAILABLE
For more detailed energy-saving questions, a low-cost comprehensive building energy audit is available. This provides computer modeling of the building, specific dollar amounts the upgrade will save you, an air leakage test, furnace and water heater testing, carbon dioxide safety testing, combustion safety test, your carbon footprint number and more.
R-VALUES FOR ENHANCED HOME ENERGY SAVINGS OR COMFORT
This map shows the U.S. Department of Energy’s recommended insulation levels
NEW WOOD-FRAMED HOMES
EXISTING WOOD-FRAMED HOMES
References: 1. DOE/CE-0180 2008, Insulation Fact Sheet.
Note: The map and tables shown are the Department of Energy’s (DOE) R-value recommendations for existing homes and are based on comparing future energy savings to the current cost of installing insulations. Savings vary, find out why in the seller’s fact sheet on R-values. Higher the R-Values mean the greater insulating power.