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Blown-in Insulation Keeps Your Home Comfortable and Energy-Efficient in Winter - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

While sealing gaps is one of the quickest ways to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient during winter, adding home insulation also helps significantly reduce your home's heating expenses in the cold weather. This makes adding insulation a sound investment that will pay for itself within a few years by saving you money on energy expenses.

With better home insulation, the heat can no longer escape through your roof or air leaks in your house. An insulation specialist will ascertain the required R-values or the maximum thermal performance required and this will become the basis in upgrading your existing insulation.

Blown-in insulation in Boston, MA is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home's efficiency. The right amount of home insulation provides defense against the biting cold of winter keeping you comfortable inside your house. Insulation should be added or installed properly to your attic where heat loss most likely occurs, completely filling the cavity you are insulating.

To find out more about how you can improve the energy-efficiency of your home with blown-in insulation, contact a specialist from the Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Updates in Home Insulation Reduce the Need for Extra Heat or an Additional Heating Appliance - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 16, 2015

Your home insulation is one of your greatest defenses when the brutally cold arctic air starts up in Massachusetts. In extremely cold weather conditions, closing windows and doors will not suffice in keeping your home warm and comfortable.

Updates in home insulation in Worcester, MA are done to prevent issues and huge energy expenditures when heating your home in the winter. Without the appropriate and adequate insulation, you will waste money and energy because your heating appliances will be working overtime. Furnaces and boilers work to provide heated air to your living space, but poorly insulated areas in your home can let warm air escape and allow cool air in. And even if you exhaust the heating capacity of your in-house HVAC system, it will never be enough if your home is poorly insulated.

Better home insulation reduces the need for extra heat or an additional heating appliance. Improving insulation will allow warm air to circulate more efficiently around the house. This will also help reduce your energy bills and make the most of your HVAC system.

To find out more about home insulation in Worcester and Boston, MA, contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Adding Home Insulation Makes It a Lot Easier and Less Expensive to Heat Your Place During the Cold Season - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 26, 2014

The proper home insulation in Worcester, MA is incredible important in the winter months. As it gets colder, the warm air inside can escape through your roof when you don’t have the right amount of insulation or if your insulation is not properly installed. You can avoid this by ensuring that you home has the appropriate insulation applied in the right areas of your home where warm air can easily pass, such as the attic.

Adding home insulation is important to regulate the flow of heat from the warm areas of your home to the cold areas, slowing down the rate at which warm air leaves. Attic and home insulation must maintain a specific R-value so that your home is easy to heat and keep cozy and comfortable. Otherwise, your home heating system will remain on all day while it struggles to keep your home at an appropriate temperature. This is inefficient and costly, as well as wearing on your heating system.

With proper home insulation, you can prevent the cold air from creeping in. This will also make the use of your existing home heating system more efficient, consuming less electricity. Hiring an insulation specialist will not only save you from wasting money but also will keep you warmer throughout the cold season.

For more details on adding home insulation, contact the Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Adding Home Insulation to Antique Homes May Require an Inspection - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 09, 2014

If you live in an antique home, you may need to add additional insulation to the attic, walls and crawl spaces in order to make your home more energy efficient. Adding home insulation is very important for cutting down on energy bills, and for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Air leaks happen when certain parts of your home are not adequately sealed and insulated. This is a common issue to older homes which is why additional home insulation is needed in them. But what is done with existing insulation?

Home insulation used to be comprised of corncobs, newspapers, wood shavings, or other similar materials. These early insulation materials can be left in place when more modern insulation is added. Only home insulation containing asbestos and urea-formaldehyde create a concern in older houses. If you don’t know what type of insulation is in your antique home, it is best to hire a specialist to inspect the existing insulation to see what it contains. If the insulation contains asbestos which is a carcinogenic, a complete removal of the insulation is required by a licensed removal company or you may choose to encapsulate the material if removing it is too intrusive. Urea-formaldehyde is a health hazard when it emits noxious gases which is why it was discontinued.

The appropriate amount of home insulation in Worcester, MA helps cut down on energy expenses and increases the value of your home. But in the case of older and antique homes, inspections are very important in order to determine the right material to be used when adding insulation. For more information about how to have additional insulation installed in your antique house, contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Home Insulation can Reduce Heat Loss and Help Save on Home Heating Bills - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The official arrival of autumn homeowners are now checking their attics at home. This season serves as an unfailing reminder that houses need custom insulation to improve the level of comfort in your home. It should be done before the cold weather arrives and the temperatures drop to freezing.

Attic insulation in Worcester, MA is needed keep the heat inside your home to save on heating bills. Fall is the perfect time to do all the needed home repairs to prepare for winter in order to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Remember that inadequate or compressed insulation can cost you more on your energy bills during winter because it will require more energy to heat the entire living space.

Proper attic insulation can also increase the value of your home. The right amount of insulation will improve the comfort of your home all year long. The price of adding insulation will be redeemed in the savings to your energy costs. In fact it will cost you more in the long run if your home is not properly insulated. Have an insulation specialist check your attic first for improperly vented fans, uncovered gaps around the chimney, uninsulated ductwork and skylight wells, and more.

For further details about fixing your home insulation issues, contact a specialist from Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Blown-in Insulation, the Best Choice for Home Insulation – Worcester MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Choosing the type of insulation you use at home can make a lot of difference in your expenses. Below shows how can blow-in insulation proves itself as the best choice for home insulation.

Tighter fit
We know that the tighter the fit, the better insulation works. Blown-in insulation makes a tighter fit than traditional insulation, squeezing around all the tight spots that other insulation materials miss. This way, tight corners and chinks are sealed.

Moisture prevention
Any tinge of moisture is bad for insulation. But there's nothing to worry about. Because of its tighter fit, blow-in insulation solves this problem, keeping moisture from seeping into it.

Noise reduction
Another benefit of a tighter fit is that it reduces noise between rooms which is great for varied reasons. This is perfect if you have playful children at home. You won't longer need to tell them to lower down their voices or the volume of their music because you won't hear their noise anyway.

Energy-efficient
Blown-in insulation does not fail in making your home warmer during winter and cooler during summer. This way, you do not anymore need to use your HVAC controlling system more often, thus lowering your e-bill.

Environmentally friendly
Since blown-in insulation is made out of recycled materials, then you serve the environment with two great things – you conserve energy and save natural resources. Plus, it is inert, non-toxic and fireproof. What more could you ask for?

Saves Money
With all those mentioned above, nothing beats blow-in insulation when it comes to saving money. It may not be cheap, but installing one can save you hundreds in the long run. It prevents you from spending for frequent replacements.

So if you're thinking to replace your old insulation, or building a new home in Worcester MA, do not forget to check out Custom Insulation. They can offer you great deals with benefits that are far too great to neglect.

Home Insulation For New Construction and Additions – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New home construction is increasing all over Massachusetts. One of the biggest considerations when building a new home is keeping your energy costs down once you move in. To do this, you need to install the right amount of insulation in the all the right places.

In Boston and Worcester, you will save money and energy when you build a new home or addition if you install a combination of cavity insulation and insulative sheathing. Reduce exterior wall leaks by taping the joints of exterior sheathing and caulking and sealing exterior walls. Cavity insulation can be installed at levels up to R-15 in a 2 inch x 4 inch wall and up to R-21 in a 2 inch x 6 inch wall.

These help to reduce the energy that would otherwise be lost through the wood frame. In Massachusetts, which is zone 5, you should install R38 to R60 in the attic, R30 to R38 in the Cathedral Ceiling, R13 to R15 in the Cavity, R2.5 to R6 Insulation Sheathing, and R25 - R30 in the floor.

You should consider attic or roof radiant barriers (in hot climates), reflective insulation, and foundation insulation for new home construction. Check with Custom Insulation for more information about these options.

Insulation Tips

  • Consider factors such as your climate, home design, and budget when selecting insulation for your home.
  • Use higher R-value insulation, such as spray foam insulation, on exterior walls and in cathedral ceilings to get more insulation with less thickness.
  • Install attic air barriers such as wind baffles along the entire attic eave to help ensure proper airflow from the soffit to the attic. Ventilation helps with moisture control and reducing summer cooling bills, but don't ventilate your attic if you have insulation on the underside of the roof.
  • Be careful how close you place insulation next to a recessed light fixture—unless it is insulation contact (IC) rated—to avoid a fire hazard.

For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

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Insulation and Heating Efficiency Increase Home Value – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Remodeled homes definitely have their appeal, but more and more, homes with energy efficient and environmentally friendly features are becoming a priority for prospective buyers. Home insulation can increase the desirability of your home.

According to the National Association of REALTORS 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, nearly nine out of 10 recent home buyers said that heating and cooling costs were somewhat or very important when considering a home for purchase.

Realtors know that consumer demand for greener homes has grown considerably over the past several years. Going green has proven to be more than a trend; many people now seek out this way of living and want homes and communities that are more resource efficient and sensitive to the environment. As energy savings and green building features are becoming more important to buyers, sellers and businesses, it comes as no surprise that consumers are placing a higher value on properties with those features.

Homes with the right home insulation have lower energy costs. Simple math shows how a higher energy efficiency rating offers homeowners the opportunity to save more money in heating and cooling costs alone.

NAR data shows how features directly affecting monthly energy costs are important to buyers. 39% of survey respondents reported that a home’s heating and cooling costs were very important when considering a home for purchase.

Regionally, buyers in the north and south placed a greater importance on heating and cooling costs, most likely due to the more extreme temperatures in these areas of the country. Nearly 60 percent of buyers who bought homes built in 2011 said heating and cooling costs were very important.

As energy costs continue to rise, look for those numbers to increase right along with them.

While new construction features like lot design, preparation and development are fairly set in stone in an existing home, there are many options when it comes to energy efficiency (improvements that will make the home less expensive to operate and more comfortable to live in), home insulation, water efficiency  and indoor air quality.

While replacing HVAC or adding insulation may not be on the same level as a new kitchen or bathroom when it comes to appearances, they are definitely a smart way to use your remodeling budget. Not only will energy-efficient improvements start paying you back immediately, they will also make your home more comfortable no matter what season it is.

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Add Home Insulation and Keep the Heat In – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter is quickly coming and it is time to dig out warm coats and turn up the furnaces. That means that higher heating bills aren’t far off either. Heating costs are your largest home energy expense, why not make this the year to increase your insulation.

A well-insulated house is like dressing properly for the weather. A wool sweater will keep you warm if the wind isn’t blowing and it’s not raining. On a windy, rainy day, wearing a nylon shell over your wool sweater helps keep you dry and warm.

A house is similar. On the outside, underneath the brick or siding, there’s an air barrier that does the same thing — it keeps the wind from blowing through. Then there is the insulation (like your sweater) and a vapor barrier that helps keep moisture away from the house structure where it can do damage.

Signs of Insulation Problems

In the winter, cold walls and/or floors, high heating costs, uneven heating levels, mold on walls.

In the summer, uncomfortably hot inside; high cooling costs, ineffective air-conditioning system, mold in basement.

Insulation Effectiveness

R values are a way of labeling the effectiveness of insulating materials. The higher the R- value the more resistance to the movement of heat.

There are numerous types of insulation such as blanket or batting, spray foam, blown-in and wet spray insulation. Choosing the appropriate type to your specific need is important.

Installation also plays a large role in its effectiveness. Compressing insulation, leaving air spaces around the insulation and allowing air movement in the insulation all reduce the actual R value of the insulation.

Attic Insulation

The attic is often the most cost-effective place to add insulation. Usually, a contractor blows bown-in insulation into and over the top of ceiling joists. Batts insulation laid sideways on existing insulation is another solution. The air barrier at the ceiling line must be tight to ensure warm moist air from the house doesn’t get into the cold attic and condense in the winter. Check ceiling light fixtures, the tops of interior walls and pipe penetrations for air leakage. Ensure that soffit venting is not blocked by added insulation; baffles may have to be installed.

Basement Insulation

Basement walls are unique because they must handle significant moisture flows from both inside and outside the house.

Exterior insulation is the preferred method. Insulate the wall on the outside with rigid insulation suitable for below-grade installations, such as extruded polystyrene or rigid fibreglass. This works well with damp-proofing and foundation drainage as rigid fibreglass acts as a drainage layer, keeping surface and ground water away from the foundation. Basement walls are kept at room temperature, protecting the structure, reducing the risk of interior condensation and increasing comfort.

Interior insulation can also be used. When finishing the basement, batt insulation in stud cavities or extruded polystyrene and strapping on the face of perimeter walls is used. If the basement won’t be finished, then rolls of polyethylene-encapsulated fibreglass over the wall is installed.

Insulate and keep the heat in. For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

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Home Insulation Saves Money and Heat – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 11, 2013

Winter is in the way and the cold weather is here. It is a good idea for homeowners to winter-proof their homes to ensure that they are warm and saving money on heating bills.

With energy prices rising, millions of  homeownerss are planning on reducing their bills by cutting back on the heating. Minimizing the heat loss in your home will help it stay warmer for longer, saving you money on the heating bill and allow you to be more environmentally friendly.

Adding home insulation can cut down on or prevent heat loss in a home.  With additional insulation you can cut down on your heating bills too. The majority of heat is lost through the roof and walls, therefore, to reduce heat loss these should both be insulated properly.

Although forking out the money for insulation in one lump might seem a little pricey, some of these procedures will pay for themselves within a year. There is also a tax credit available on heating and energy home improvements which homeowners can take advantage of before December 31, 2013.

Walls can be responsible for up to 33% of heat loss. Cavity wall insulation can increase energy efficiency in a home by huge amounts, reducing heating costs by up to 15%. Insulating a cavity wall requires the space between the inner and outer walls to be filled with insulating materials. Only a registered contractor should determine if the homes are suitable for a cavity fill and carry out the insulation.

Cavity wall insulation can save a homeowner hundreds of dollars a year. The money saved will almost pay off the cost of the insulation in three years. 26% of heat in homes is lost from the roof, so save on the heating bill and keep warmth in by insulating the roof.

These small steps are affordable, will save you money, will usually pay for themselves within the year or so and will keep you warm. For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

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