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Winterize your Home by Adding Insulation – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 23, 2013

The seasons are changing and weather is getting cooler. With winter on the horizon many homeowners have already started to brace themselves for harsh heating bills. But others are getting their homes, and wallets, better prepared for the cold.

Some people have started to consult experts and home improvement centers to find answers. And they are finding that winterizing a home is all about common sense.

There are a number of simple steps that homeowners can take to cut down on winter heating costs, but one of the most effective, especially in the older homes around Worcester and Boston is adding insulation.
Older attics may need an extra layer of insulation. Many older homes were not insulated to the standards that have been created for today’s new construction. This winter will be particularly cold, so says the Farmer’s Almanac.

On way to know if you need insulation is if your home has had ice damns before. If so, more insulation and/or ventilation may be needed in your home.
Here are 5 signs that you need to add more insulation to your home this winter:

Vintage or antique home: Prior to consistent building codes, most homes built before 1980 were not insulated. If your home has no materials trapping heat, energy conservation is an uphill battle. Walls, ceilings and floors are the most important areas to add insulation for immediate savings on your energy bills.

Furnace runs non-stop: Does your furnace run all the time in the winter? The right amount of insulation leads to less maintenance on your heating system. It will last longer, runs less and will require less maintenance for long-term cost savings.

Temperature inconsistency: If you feel cold spots coming from the walls or attic, or one room of your home is colder than another, you may need to increase your home insulation. The fireplace, walls and attic are prime spots for drafts.

Roof hot spots: If your shingles are exposed after a snowfall, chances are these "hot spots" are indicative of warm air escaping. Check your attic for adequate insulation.

Mold Growth: Mold in the corners of ceilings could mean your current insulation slumps and holds moisture. If this occurs, it's time to replace your insulation with one that does not store or transfer moisture and is completely resistant to mold, mildew, rot and bacterial growth.

Additionally, poorly connected and insulated heating ducts can create a chilly house. Duct work in the attic can be easily insulated while adding attic insulation and while adding insulation to crawl spaces.
To find out if you need more insulation in your home, contact Custom Insulation in Worcester.

Do You Need More Home Insulation in Worcester and Boston?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 26, 2013

It’s the season when people worrying about how to cool down their homes without using more AC.  Being comfortable while not increasing utility bills is the challenge.
Will attic insulation help?

Attic insulation could help if you have an older home built before standards for insulation improved. Get on a ladder and stick your head into the attic. Do you see a continuous layer of insulation with no wood peeking out? If you see a lot of lumber, you don’t have enough insulation.

Generally, if insulation was installed more than 20 years ago, its effectiveness may have deteriorated, and it may need improving. If your home was built before 1984, it almost certainly needs more insulation.

R-values measure how effectively insulation resists heat flow into your cooled spaces below. And the recommended values come from building codes and the U.S. Energy Department.

Know what the R-value should be for the space you are insulating Over-insulating an attic or crawl space won’t save you enough money on power bills to make the expense worthwhile. If you think you need more insulation, consult an expert.

If you have concrete-block walls, filling them with spray foam insulation helps can make a big improvement in cooling your house in summer and heating it in winter because many older homes made from these blocks were not insulated at all. Foam insulation can improve the R-value of concrete-block walls by as much as five times. Foam insulation can also make a dramatic difference in older frame-construction houses that have little or no insulation. If you suspect your walls aren’t properly insulated, you need to get a professional assessment.

For more information contact Custom Insulation.

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Home Insulation Can Help Keep Your Home Cooler – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

When the hot weather arrives, homeowners worry about cooling down their homes. Insulation can help, but here is advice on what can help and why:

Attic insulation

Improving attic insulation will work if you have an older home. When you look in your attic you should see is a continuous layer of insulation with no wood peeking out. If a lot of wood is visible, you don’t have enough insulation.

Generally, if your insulation was installed 20 years ago, it has probably deteriorated. If so, it needs redoing or improving. If your home was built before 1984, it almost certainly needs more insulation.

But most attics in homes built more recently were insulated to the recommended rating. The recommended R-value measures how effectively insulation resists heat flow into your cooled spaces.

Over-insulating an attic or crawl space won’t save you enough money on your power bills to make it worth it. If you think you need more insulation, consult a reputable insulation expert.

Insulating walls

Adding insulation to walls can make a big improvement in cooling your house in summer and heating it in winter, particularly if you have an older home built from concrete blocks.

Foam insulation can improve the R-value of concrete block walls by as much as five times. Typically, an older house can go from R-2 or -3 to R-11.

Foam insulation can also be installed in older frame construction houses that have little or no insulation and will make a dramatic difference.

For more information on insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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Green Home Improvements Save Money and Increases Resale Value- Attic Insulation, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 24, 2013

Homeowners planning to sell their homes are being urged to ‘go green’.   Research is saying that making your home more energy efficient can save you money and increase the value of your property when you decide to sell. Heating costs are typically the highest and most variable expenses for homeowners. As a result, homeowners are doing energy saving home renovations.

It is finally hot in Worcester. Instead of turning down the temperature on the AC, there are better ways to keep your house more comfortable during the summer that are easier on your wallet and the environment.

Save money by improving your home’s energy efficiency rating, this could also add more money to your asking price when you decide to sell your home. Buyers want to save money on energy bills. The most common home energy improvements are double glazing, a more efficient boiler, and attic and crawl space insulation.

Adding better or more insulation to your attic and crawl spaces will save you money. If your home does not have enough attic insulation, attic heat is going to be transferred into the house.  Avoid high energy bills by focusing your home improvement efforts to areas where they count.  Increasing attic insulation makes a big difference in the temperature of your home in all seasons, and it will cut your heating costs in the winter.

Upgrade your attic insulation and the insulation in crawl spaces and wall cavities. Heat escaping through the attic may account for half your home’s heat loss. Make sure there’s at least 12” of insulation. Upgraded insulation can even help soundproof and weatherize your house for optimum living quality.

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

Home Insulation Gives Homeowners More Disposable Income in Boston and Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 09, 2013

Homeowners are concerned about the future price for heating their homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, one of the most effective and immediate ways to stretch energy dollars is throughout weatherization. Insulating walls and attics, sealing drafty doors and windows, and repairing or replacing outdated or faulty heating equipment can save as much as 32% in home heating fuel consumption.

Making lasting energy-efficiency improvements to your homes gives you more resources for other essentials or extravagances. Adding home insulation can reduce annual energy bills by an average of $437.

The economic benefits of home insulation are substantial. Each well insulated home gives homeowners more disposable income, money they are not spending on heating or cooling their inefficient home. This is especially important for low-income households, which typically spend 14% or more of their income on energy.

Adding or replacing home insulation is a home improvement project that pays off. ROI is one of the biggest considerations in choosing a home improvement. The cost of adding attic insulation or wall insulation will pay for itself in decreased energy bills.

For more information on home insulation in Boston and Worcester, contact Custom Insulation.

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Save on Energy Costs and Insulate

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There are many ways to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce your home heating bills. Insulated homes are comfortable homes. When you home is insulated properly, the temperature remains constant throughout each room in the winter and summer months.

Attic insulation
Loft insulation works by preventing heat from escaping through the roof. It’s relatively cheap and quick to install. The exact amount will vary according to the size of your loft, but it is usually relatively inexpensive. You will also recognize a savings on your investment very quickly.

Wall insulation
Around 35% of heat is lost through the external walls of your home. By insulating your exterior walls, your home will heat up quicker and stay warmer for longer. The process involves drilling holes into the walls of your home and filling the space with insulation.

Usually you will have paid for the investment through energy savings in about two years.

Floor insulation
Installing insulation foam between the joists underneath the floor will trap heat and stop cold air from rising up through the gaps. This is particularly suitable for floorboards and laminate flooring, because they allow more cold air to rise than carpeting.
For more information on insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

Icicles? You Need Attic Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The weekend’s storm brought loads of snow. That snow has resulted in some very beautiful icicles hanging from homes all over Worcester. Who knew that something as pretty as icicles is actually quite telling of issues within your home.
If you have icicles hanging from the roof, then you need better attic insulation. Icicles also means that an ice dam may be forming on the roof. Ice forms when snow melts higher up on the roof then refreezes as it reaches the eave.

The snow on your roof melts as a result of heat loss. You are losing heat through your attic because of poor insulation. You need to stop the heat from you living area from entering your attic. Adding more attic insulation over the ceiling will help greatly. Additionally, you will dramatically reduce your home heating bills.

If you have icicles on your roof, contact Custom Insulation.

Preventing Winter Freeze Ups and Ice Dams

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Preventing Ice Dams

Keep your attic well ventilated. Cold attics prevent ice accumulation on the roof from melting, resulting in refreezing. This is done by having the right amount of attic insulation.

Keep the attic floor well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through hte attic from within the house.

Install ice dam prevention underlayment as part of your roofing system.

Install new or additional insulation in order to prevent heat loss.

Remove ice and snow from roofs with a snow rake.

Preventing Winter Freeze Ups

During winter months, do not turn the thermostat off when leaving your house. Instead, lower the thermostat to a temperature warm enough to keep pipes from freezing, no lower than 55 degrees.

Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer. Check water hoses for signs of cracks or bubbles. Replace faulty hoses.

Consider installing an electronic leak detection system. When water touches the sensor, the valve closes, protecting everything downstream. Some systems can also alert remote securty monitoring services.

Forced hot water systems should have an appropriate antifreeze mixture.

On very cold days, open cabinet doors under sinks, allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes. Let a slow trickle of water to continually flow from faucets to prevent freezing.

Exterior faucets should be shut off for the winter. Hoses should be disconnected and the valve left open.

For more information on better insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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Prevent Ice Dams this Winter

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We have had a lot of rain and ice in the last few days, and it makes us think of ice dams.  Ice dams can be prevented if you control heat loss in your home.

Proper attic insulation can stop ice dams and prevent damage to your roof, while lowering your home heating bills as well. Most people don’t equate poor insulation with ice dams. But ice dams result from snow melting on your roof and then that melted snow freezes. The snow melts as a result of heat loss, heat loss occurs from poor insulation.

It is important to understand that you don’t need lots of snow for ice dams to form.  Ice dams can form with just 1 or 2 inches, if the roof is poorly insulated, and the snow is followed by days of freezing temperatures.

There is an easy solution, add more or better insulation to your home to prevent heat loss. Better attic insulation stops the flow of heat from your house.
Contact Custom Insulation for information on improving attic insulation.

Add Insulation to Older Homes

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 14, 2012

If you own an older home, you are probably looking for ways to reduce your heating costs. Adding insulation to your home helps you save money right now. It is also a great way to protect against energy cost increases in the future. As well, a well-insulated energy-efficient home reduces the need for cooling in the warm months. A well-insulated energy-efficient home also reduces the need for cooling in the warm months.

By far the best time to upgrade your home's insulation is when you are doing other renovation work. If you want to replace the siding of your home, it makes more economic sense to indulate while you are upgrading the siding. Fortunately, there are many different options to achieve different levels of energy performance in typical older homes by adding attic insulation, and adding insulation to the walls and foundation and reducing air leakage.

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

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