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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.

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Spray Foam Insulation Saves on Electric Bills - Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spray foam insulation provides many benefits, including lower energy costs and it reduces air infiltration into your home, making it more comfortable year round.

Spray foam insulation can be used for insulating walls and attics and on roofs. It air seals around walls, roofs, corners and on other contoured surfaces. Using spray foam insulation makes your home more comfortable by preventing drafts and helps better control indoor temperature.  

The insulation resists heat transfer extremely well, helping keep the home cool during summer and warm in winter. One of spray foam insulation’s greatest benefits is its air-sealing ability blocking air infiltration without cutting insulation. The higher the R-value, and the greater the resistance to air movement, the higher the thermal performance of the insulation system.

Spray foam insulation is most effective at keeping outside air from coming into a house by sealing cracks, seams and joints, which means less energy is needed to heat and cool the home. It is more than just insulation. It acts as a moisture barrier, preventing condensation and water intrusion.  

Sealing gaps with spray foam insulation provides a barrier against exterior pollen and dust, which will improve indoor air quality which is helpful in protecting allergy sufferers. Spray foam insulation also insulates against sound.   

When having SPF installed, work with a professional contractor who can educate you on the installation process. For more information 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.

Better Insulation, a Wood Burning Stove, or Both?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 01, 2013

Improving home insulation could be getting overlooked in favor of wood burning stoves. While the intent behind wood stoves is for greener living, when there is poor insulation, adding a wood burning stove to our home doesn’t necessarily mean we’re living greener or making our homes more energy efficient.

There has been a large increase in wood burning stove sales over the last 2 years. Wood burning stoves are fashionable and popular right now, for good reason. The cold winters, rising energy prices and the recession that is putting a strain on wallets, along with the desire for green living have all fueled demand for wood burning stoves.

However, it could be the case that better home insulation could make homes considerably warmer and reduce the need to for a new heat source. Without the right insulation in your home, even after a wood burning stove has been installed all that extra heat will be lost.

Insulation is about having a draft free, efficient home that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The right insulation helps you get the most benefit out of your home heating and cooling systems while hopefully reducing your energy bills.

Wood burning stoves are a great and attractive way to heat your home. They are a greener alternative and they use biofuel, all of these features make them attractive. However, without the right insulation in your home, you will still waste money and you still won’t be warm in the winter.

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

Cellulose Insulation is Efficient and Economical

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 21, 2013

If you are building a home or adding an addition, you have plenty of choices for insulation including, spray foam, batt, cellulose and blown-in. While all types of insulation works well, many feel as though cellulose is the best choice for old and new construction. Cellulose insulation gives you the most bang for your buck.

Cellulose insulation is exceptionally green-friendly, made from recycled newspapers. This makes it economical option.  But besides being economical and organic, recycled cellulose insulation out performs fiberglass insulation and is less expensive than spray-foam. Builders have been looking for a better solution to fiberglass insulation and cellulose is it. Why? Because when using cellulose insulation, the entire building envelope of your home is sealed.

Cellulose is cheaper than spray foam and is more effective than fiberglass insulation. Dense packed cellulose has an R-Value of 4.0 per inch and wicks moisture better than any other insulation. For  air infiltration and sound control, cellulose insulation is a better choice than fiberglass or spray foam.

For more information on wet spray cellulose insulation for your new construction or remodeling project in Worcester, 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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Save on Winter Heating Bills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is snowing in Worcester today, and winter is right around the corner. Are you looking for a few ways to save on winter heating bills? Here are a few suggestions from Custom Insulation.

Proper insulation - This is probably the most important way to keep you home warm this winter. Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and between the inside walls. Heat losses can add close to 30 percent to your energy bill too.

Fireplaces and pellet stoves - This is a great source of heat and can warm a room quickly. But, a fireplace damper left open when not in use can let warm air escape and cold air to come in. Close after each use and more importantly, open before using your fireplace.

Energy audits - Your electric company will help you determine a pattern of usage to help you find ways of improving how you use energy.

Air leaks - Drafty windows, doors, and attics will allow air to come in and heat to sneak out. Check the weather stripping around your windows and doors and replace if worn. Next check any unfinished attic space. By sealing air leaks, you can see about 30 percent in energy savings.
 
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