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Adding Insulation can Save Money - Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 26, 2013

Does your home need more insulation? Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Many of the existing homes in the US were not insulated to the levels that are used today. On top of this, older homes are likely to use more energy than newer homes, leading to higher heating and air-conditioning bills.
 
Where and How Much
Adding insulation where you already have some insulation, such as in an attic, will save energy. You can save even greater amounts of energy if you install insulation into places in your home that have never been insulated. Some of the building spaces that should be insulated might include an un-insulated floor over a garage or crawlspace, or a wall that separates a room from the attic.
     
Unless your home in Worcester and surrounding towns was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. In fact, many older homes have less insulation than newly built homes.  But adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself.

For more information on if you could save money by adding insulation to your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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Adding Insulation Makes Cooling Your Home Easier - Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know the summer months can be tough when you are struggling to keep the house cool. In order to keep your home comfortable in the summer, you need to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. The key to cooling efficiency is to make sure your home is sealed. Typically in homes, there is about 30% air leakage in the house through the duct system and the roof.  This means hot air from the attic and from outdoors is leaking into the living spaces through electric plug sockets, recessed light fixtures, and the like. It also means that cool air is leaking out of your home through the attic and roof. Heating and cooling can use up to 40% of household energy use. Energy prices are set to hit ever-higher levels, so the more efficient your home is, the more attractive it looks and the easier it is to pay the bills in the summer (and winter).

Being aware of your carbon footprint is important too. To keep your house cool in an eco-friendly way follow these steps:

  • Add insulation. Dense insulation, such as foam or blown cellulose, helps keep your home safe from the harsh summer heat. Insulation keeps cool winter in your home and it keeps the hot air out of your home.  Attic insulation protects air from leaking into and out of air ducts as well.
  • Seal any air leaks around electrical sockets, doors, and windows.
  • Increase ventilation by keeping hot air out, and cool air in. On hot days, keep your doors, windows, and shades closed until it’s cooler outside.
  • Having a fan won’t cool the room, but it will circulate air, but only use fans when you are in the room.
  • Provide your house with shade.
  • Install reflective film, sunscreen-fabric curtains, or roller shades for your windows

For more information on better or new home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

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The Right Insulation Saves Money All Year Long

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

With a tight economy, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs. Heating and cooling costs can be the biggest expenditures in our homes by far. With summer approaching it is still time to think about upgrading the insulation in your home. Adding insulation, along with sealing air leaks, is one of the most cost-effective energy-saving home improvements you can make to an existing home. In fact, just doing this can cut heating and cooling costs by at least 15%, often more.

According to the department of commerce, there is a  basic rule of insulating that is the same for each and every home: "install insulation on any surface separating a heated space from an unheated space—attics, walls, basement walls, floors and crawl spaces".
 
Even if your home already has insulation in these areas, it can be very beneficial in saving on energy costs to add more insulation, especially adding attic insulation. Sealing air leaks around vents, chimneys, wires, and light fixtures should also be done when you add the additional insulation for the best results.

If you think that you are spending too much on energy costs, an energy assessment of your home can be done which should include an insulation inspection which will tell you how much insulation you have and how much more you need. The amount of insulation, which is measured in R-values, and the type of insulation that is best for your home, will vary for every home. The amount you need also depends on:

  • how much insulation your home currently has
  • the accessibility and space available for the insulation
  • the location of the home

The colder weather zones like Boston and Worcester call for higher R-values. For more information on adding insulation to your existing home, contact Custom Insulation.

Cut Home Heating Bills with the Right Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The average home in Boston and Worcester consumes almost 49% more energy than it did in 1990. Fortunately there are lots of ways to reduce your home energy bills. By conserving energy in your home you can save money, help conserve fuel resources, and promote a cleaner environment.

With the average home using this much more electricity and combined with the costs rising yearly, it is important to look at ways to cut home heating costs.

One of the best ways to save money is to ensure that your home has the right amount of insulation. If your roof or attic is not insulated properly you can  lose around 30% of the heat. Areas of heat loss in a home include: flue, roof, and ventilation, loss through walls, window and floor loss. Adding loft or attic insulation can reduce your heating bills by 20%.

Homes also lose heat through windows and walls. If double glazing is too expensive consider using film. It is also a good idea to make sure your water heater is insulated.

For more information on improving your home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

Insulation in Older Homes - Worcerster, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 11, 2013

In the older homes around Worcester and Boston, many people wonder where to spend home rehabilitation money. Insulation is a great place to spend money if you want to save money.

The best place for insulation is in the attic floor, not in the walls. Also, if there's a drop stair or a door to the attic, make sure it's insulated and sealed too.

Once that's done, the attic should be properly ventilated. Insulation lets the attic stay near the outside temperature  in the wintertime. The ventilation and insulation let the attic space stay near the outside temperature of the summertime too.

If a historic house needs attic insulation, have a contractor put 1 to 2 inches of expanded foam sheeting down over the old floor, then put half-inch plywood flooring on it and use long screws to join the sandwich to the old attic floor.  The attic itself is then separated from the building envelope.

Around the sills, between floor joists, is another place where it's essential to insulate.  Batt insulation placed there with the shiny metal facing the inside of the basement also act as firebreaks, preventing a fire in the basement of an older balloon-framed house from spreading due to the chimney effect of the tall empty spaces between the studs.

For more information on adding insulation to older or historic homes, contact Custom Insulation.

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