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Benefits of Blown-In Insulation – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 06, 2014

Newly built homes have fantastic energy efficiency standards. Older homes, in fact most homes that are already built, don’t even come close to meeting those efficiency goals.  The simplest way to make you older home significantly more energy efficient is to add insulation. In an existing home, this is easy to do with blown-in insulation in the attic.

Proper home insulation will keep your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. Now with environmental concerns as well as a tightening economy, insulation is a great way to save energy and money. Especially in areas where it is cold like Boston and Worcester, the most effective solution to reduce heating bills is blown-in insulation.

One benefit to adding blown-in insulation is that it is adjustable. You can adjust to the R-value that you need. Add a few inches if you need an R-value of 15 or several inches if you need an R-value of 30. Blown-in insulation also gives your home a tighter seal because it fills all the cracks and crevices in the attic, making it very energy efficient. Blown –in insulation also has less allergens than fiberglass or batt.

Adding insulation to an existing home will have an initial cash outlay, however it will pay for itself over time. With lower energy costs and a warmer home, using blown-in insulation makes the most sense. For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

Insulating Attics and Floors Keep Homes Warmer – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2013

Home insulation; most homes have it. But do they have enough. Winter is here and many communities around Worcester and Boston got their first snow of the season already. The best way to keep your home warm and to keep your heating costs down is to be sure that your home is properly insulated.

Attic insulation – Heat rises, and in an uninsulated home a quarter of the heat is lost through the roof. Insulating your attic is a simple and effective way to reduce the amount of heat leaving your home and lower your heating bills. Many homes already have some attic insulation, but the amount of heat lost and the energy savings gained will directly relate to the current thickness and condition of the insulation. If you live in a home that’s older than 10 years, it is probably time to check on- and add to- your attic insulation.

Floor insulation - Insulating under the floorboards on your ground floor could save you money. Although older properties are more likely to have suspended timber floors these can be insulated with spray foam insulation or blown-in insulation as it performs better between joists as it will take up thermal movement and cut down air movement around the insulation. Newer homes will have a ground floor made of solid concrete. This can be insulated if it needs to be replaced, or can have rigid insulation laid on top.

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

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What Type of Home Insulation Should You Choose? Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 05, 2013

Homeowners are now beginning to think about how they are going to reduce home heating bills this winter. The right amount of home insulation at the right R-value is a great place to start.

Home Insulation is measured by the R-value of the product. The higher the R value the better the insulation will be at preventing heat loss or gain. The R-value depends on the type of insulation you choose and its thickness or density.

If you are insulating an attic space, you want to install as much insulation as possible without letting the insulation come in contact with the underside of the roof's decking. But first you need to select the insulation materials you want to use based on budget, performance and installation styles. You can use fiberglass blanket or  batts, blown-in, spray foam insulation or wet spray cellulose insulation.

Blanket insulation - Knauf EcoBatt® Insulation - EcoBatt Insulation combines sand, one of the world’s most abundant and renewable resources, post-consumer recycled bottle glass and ECOSE Technology to create the next generation of sustainable insulation. Knauf EcoBatt Insulation is cost-effective thermal and acoustical barriers for energy-efficient construction.

Blown-in insulation - Cellulose insulation is blown-into your home by using two holes in every wall bay insuring each bay is 100% full.  Blown-in insulation increases the value of your new buildings and existing homes. It adds a significant sound barrier and moisture control.

Spray Foam Insulation – Your heating and cooling costs are typically reduced by 30-50% when you use spray foam insulation.

Wet Spray Cellulose insulation - Wet Spray Cellulose insulation increases the value of your new buildings and existing homes.  It provides a significant sound barrier and moisture control with a proven energy savings.

For more information on home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.




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