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Heat Your Home Even When the Power Goes Out – Wood Burning Inserts, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Did you lose your power this weekend? Maybe it is still out. Utility companies are diligently working to get power back up and running in Massachusetts, but that is no consolation when you are cold.

Well, there is no need to be cold in the next winter storm. Wood burning fireplace inserts are the answer. Wood-burning fireplace inserts provide efficient, clean-burning and reliable warmth for your home.

The Performer wood-burning fireplace insert from Lennox can meet your home heating needs. Available with two door styles, five unique door finishes and a choice of glass styling options, this insert can fit your home and your décor.
 
The Performer fireplace inserts are the pinnacle of performance and efficiency. Designed to heat the moderately sized home, it provides exceptional warmth and unmatched beauty. A deep firebox accepts large logs for easy fueling and maintenance and a functional cooktop is readily available. And to add your distinctive style, the Performer can be customized with options for perfect, personalized appearance.

Contact Custom Insulation Company for more information.

Gas Stoves are Beautiful, Convenient and Economical

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gas stoves are a perfect alternative to a wood fire for many reasons. Gas stoves are more economical than heating your home with oil, oil heat is almost twice as expensive as natural gas.

But gas heating stoves are also much more convenient and easy to use. With the flick of a switch, and the convenience of a remote control, you can light the fire. No wood, no hauling, no balling paper, but you still get the relaxing ambiance of a roaring flame.
 
More and more homeowners are looking at adding gas stoves to their homes. Stoves have traditionally been thought of as wood burning but more and more homeowners are using gas to fuel their fires. Gas stoves are a beautiful and simple alternative to the wood burning stove. Contact Custom Insulation for more information on a gas stove for your home.

Protect The Exterior of Your Home From Excess Water

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If you need new gutters, now is the time to take care of that in the Worcester, MA area. But don’t just replace your gutters, get seamless aluminum gutters with baked on enamel and make your home beautiful.

Fall in Massachusetts can be beautiful. But the leaves can be challenging when they clog up your gutter. The WaterFall Gutter Guard System as a way to protect your seamless gutters from debris and the need to clean your gutters.

Seamless aluminum gutters are more effective. We have had a lot of heavy rain which pours off your roof. The damaged caused by this excess water can ruin your fascia, soffit, foundation, landscaping and cause basement flooding. Seamless gutters can stop this, and seamless gutters with gutter guards can really lessen the maintenance needs on the outside of your home.

Contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc. for more information on our seamless gutters and gutter guard systems.

As Warm as a Wood Stove, But Easier and More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 14, 2011

There are many home owners who want a fire, but the hassle of stacking fire wood, lighting a fire, and then keeping is lit is too much for many. Fortunately for them, pellet stoves came along.  A pellet stove is very effective and practical, it is also the perfect addition when you want to cut down on your heating expenses.

Pellet stoves look like wood burning stoves. But that is where the commonalities end. Pellet stoves are far more efficient and secure so are becoming increasingly popular.

What sets pellet stoves apart from an ordinary fireplace is the fact that it uses convection technology to heat up living space.
 
Basically, it draws cool air from the room into the firebox. This helps make the fire even hotter and that heated air is sent out into the room. But the outside of a pellet stove never becomes hot, which is perfect for families with kids or pets.

Pellet stoves also have a thermostat which is perfect for use during the night. You can program the thermostat so that the pellet stove operates at the lowest speed. You will use minimal pellets, stay warm and the stove will operate at its most efficient.

Interested in a pellet stove for your home? Have questions? Contact Custom Insulation Company.

Fireplaces Add Value and Ambience

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Gas and wood fireplaces and gas and wood fireplace inserts are a great and easy addition to any home. And the benefits are many.

By keeping the heat in your home rather than sending it up the chimney, a fireplace or fireplace insert provides soothing warmth. You deserve a nice relaxing fire when you get home from work and a fireplace insert will give you just that.

What’s more? When you decide to sell your home, you’ll find that a working fireplace or fireplace insert adds value. Home buyers today love a working fire.

The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association sites that adding a fireplace can add up to 10.8% to a home’s total value and the National Association of Home Builders lists a fireplace as one of the twelve factors that greatly impacts the value of a standard home.

Adding a fireplace insert to your home is not as hard as it sounds. At Custom Insulation, we can show fireplace inserts by Lennox are the very best in gas and wood burning fireplaces. Regardless of your décor or your heating needs – there is a fireplace from Lennox that will fit your home perfectly.

So you don’t have a chimney? No problem. Where do you want your new fireplace? As long as it is on an outside wall, we can vent it.

Contact Custom Insulation for assistance in viewing fireplaces and fireplace inserts for your home.


Pellet Stoves for Easy Heat and Beauty

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Did you know that for the 2011 and 2012 winter in Massachusetts  they are already predicting higher than normal snow fall? Do you remember last winter? Add a pellet stove to your home before the start of winter for many reasons but mainly…warmth!

Lennox pellet stoves are powerful, with fully automatic pellet heat, advanced technical features and customizable style options which all combine to create reliable warmth and timeless beauty.

The Winslow pellet stove delivers inviting and reliable heat in an attractive style that can be customized to complement any home. Convenient features, ease of use and service are designed right into the stove. And with Smart Heat technology, an ideal room temperature can be set for consistent comfort. Plus, with a large variety of design features, the Winslow pellet stove can be personalized to reflect every style and taste.

The Montage pellet stove is truly designed for modern times. With four distinct trim kits, this pellet stove can be customized to fit nearly any decor. Because the large hopper and automatic feed system erases the need for steady fire maintenance, using the pellet stove is easy, convenient and economical. In fact, the Montage effectively burns standard-grade fuel, saving expense while delivering dependable, low-maintenance heat. This stove is the ultimate in modern comfort— beauty, efficiency and above all performance.

Contact Custom Insulation Company for more information on the purchase and installation of Lennox Pellet Stoves.

Insulate Your Air Ducts and Decrease Your Heating Bills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The cooler weather is here, and there are plenty of ways to decrease your home heating bills. Obviously, doing a home energy audit is a perfect place to start. But better insulating your home is a great place to start.

You need insulation in your home to provide resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs.

Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump can waste energy. Sealing and insulating these ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%. Start with the attic, basement, and garage. These are areas where your ducts are often not insulated. By insulating your air ducts you can maintain the  temperature of the air flowing through them and into your home.

One of the most basic ways to make your home more energy efficient is by adding insulation. Energy typically escapes through a house's top floor or attic, so add more insulation there to save.

Contact Custom Insulation to improve the existing insulation in your home.

Common Areas in Your Home that Need Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

There are many ways to increase your home’s efficiency for the upcoming winter. Properly insulated homes have significantly lower heating and cooling bills. However, often homeowners do not think of insulation when looking for ways to lower their heating costs.

Your attic may be insulated, but check out your attic access way. In the form of a hatch, pull-down stairs, or a knee-wall door, attic accesses often go uninsulated. This gap in the attic insulation increases heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.

Also, attic accesses often aren't sealed properly. A 1/4-inch gap around the perimeter of an attic access can leak the same amount of air supplied by a typical bedroom heating duct.

Knee walls are often found in houses with finished attics, they are vertical walls with attic space directly behind them. These walls are usually leaky and often uninsulated. A knee wall and the attic floor in the attic space behind it should be properly insulated and air sealed.

Properly insulating air ducts located in unconditioned spaces such as attics, crawl spaces, garages, or unfinished basements can also help improve your home's energy efficiency.

Air ducts supply conditioned air from your space heating and cooling equipment to your living spaces. They also return an equal volume of air back to the equipment to be conditioned again. Ducts are typically made out of thin metal materials that easily conduct heat. Therefore, uninsulated or poorly insulated ducts in unconditioned spaces can lose 10%–30% of the energy used to heat and cool your home.

If you properly insulate your crawl space—in addition to air sealing and controlling moisture, you will save on energy costs and increase your home's comfort.

Contact Custom Insulation for more information on making your home more energy efficient.

Green Heat - Pellets are A Better Way To Heat Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 06, 2011

All over Massachusetts, memories of last winter haunt us. Many homeowners are now looking for less expensive, greener ways to heat their homes. Obviously heating and cooling your home takes energy and traditionally, we have had to rely on fossil fuels; oil, gas, and coal.

However, there are alternatives to heating your home without compromising warmth, comfort and convenience. Pellet stoves are very efficient in keeping entire homes warm even on very cold days.

Pellet stoves are very clean burning, helping our environment, they are economical, which helps our wallets, and they are efficient.

Wood pellets are considered biomass and are made out of a byproduct that would otherwise end up in a land fill: sawdust. Pellet stoves give homeowners an economical alternative to heating because the process of making wood pellets and the process of making pellet stoves is inexpensive. By using wood pellet stoves, we can heat our homes, save money and protect the planet.

Contact Custom Insulation to find out how a pellet stove can heat your home this winter.

Electric Fireplaces for Renters and Smaller Homes

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Electric Fireplaces are perfect for homes in Worcester because electric fireplaces are perfect for apartments, rental homes, smaller homes, or homes where the chimney has been closed off.  The Lennox electric fireplace installs almost anywhere.

A fireplace is not just for warmth, you want one for atmosphere and ambience in your living room too. Electric fireplaces aren’t what you expect, not the Lennox anyway. They have a realistic fire, and the Lennox electric fireplace gives out 5000 BTU’s.

Not to mention, they are so pretty that they serve as decoration pieces in your home even when they are not lit.  A Lennox 27-inch electric fireplace is for individuals who love the beauty and warmth of a true fire, but don't have the extra space for a fireplace installation. The MPE-27 electric fireplace is the answer to automatic home comfort with simple set up and easy installation capabilities.

If you live in an apartment in the city where there is no venting; if you are a renter or you’ll possibly be moving soon; or you simply don’t want the cost of a traditional fireplace, contact Custom Insulation, and consider an electric fireplace.




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