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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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Blown In Insulation to Better Insulate Existing Homes in Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 14, 2014

The weather is getting warmer. While we are finally getting a break from our heating bills,the cooling season is fast approaching. You can save money on cooling your home by adding blown-in insulation to your attic. Prevent your attic from acting like a sieve and save heating and cooling dollars all at once, by re-insulating your home. With today's rising energy costs, it's no wonder homeowners are taking interest in buttoning up their attic. Making the attic more air tight by adding additional insulation is a job worth doing.

The easiest way to increase your home’s efficiency is to contact an insulation contractor to blow insulation into your open attic area with 12-inch deep coverage. Blown-in insulation has proven energy savings and increase the value of your existing home.

Blown in insulation is really about the only way to insulate existing, closed-up walls. The only other option is to start pulling off siding or rip out interior drywall. Blown-in insulation will fill every crack and crevice much better than batt insulation.  The two biggest advantages of blown-in insulation are its performance and the speed in which it can be installed.

Blown-in insulation has optimal performance because it securely fills in everywhere and surrounds every piece of conduit and obstacle, which makes for a much more effective barrier than rolled insulation.

For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

Copper Gutters Add Curb Appeal and Low Maintenance To Your Home – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A home’s curb appeal is crucial because it can be the first thing buyers notice about a home. That’s why exterior projects have been rated among the most valuable home improvement projects in the most recent Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. So, curb appeal is important. If you need a new gutter system for your home, choose one that is functional and beautiful: copper gutters.

Regardless of if you want to stay in your home, or sell it soon, you need to consider your home’s resale value when you are beginning home improvement projects. Curb appeal has been found to increase home value and to sell homes faster.

Copper gutters may be more expensive initially than aluminum or pvc gutters, but they will cost less during the life of your home. Copper gutters are maintenance free because copper stops the growth of algea and fungus, which are two major problems for gutters. Copper gutters also last for over 100 years. That means once you add a copper gutter system to your home, you won’t ever add gutters again.

Best of all, copper gutters are beautiful. They won’t just add value to your home; they won’t just add a lifelong, maintenance free gutter system; they will add curb appeal which is what you is what you are looking for whether you want to stay in your home for years or sell in the short term.

Copper gutters protect homes from water damage, but look great doing it. There are many sizes available, from a standard 5 inch to much larger commercial grade 8 inch. All copper gutters consist of 16oz. per foot and are made from the highest quality copper available.

For more information on copper gutters, contact Custom Insulation.

Better Home Insulation Benefits Your Wallet Long-Term – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 31, 2014

If you want to choose a renovation project that will benefit you long term, you might want to look beyond the façade of your home. Renovations like updated plumbing, electricity, and insulation could be beneficial and cost-effective in the long run.

Replacing old insulation or adding insulation where there was none before can be a highly cost effective and energy efficient decision. As energy prices go up, homeowners are continue to pay more and more money each month for both heating and cooling. That's where better insulation can help. It doesn't matter whether it is hot or cold, insulation will come in handy keeping you cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter.

Don't leave insulation decisions up to your contractor. Hire an insulation specialist and do your research online, to find out what the best insulation for your budget might be.

Spray foam insulation is a modern insulation solution. Spray foam insulation combats against air leakage and works well in all type of homes, regardless of the climate.  Spray foam insulation both air seals and insulates to keep allergens and irritants at bay and eliminates air leakage to keep the conditioned air inside without the HVAC system working overtime to compensate.

Another benefit of spray foam is that it lasts as long as the home does without needing replaced or repaired, unless the actual home structure is compromised. Experts report significant reduction to utility bills, as much as 50% when a home goes from absolutely no insulation to complete coverage by spray foam.

For more information on home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

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Copper Gutters Are Green Home Improvements – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 24, 2014

It may not feel like it quite yet, but spring is here. This is the time to start planning those outdoor home improvement projects. ‘Green’ are more attractive to homeowners and home buyers. You need a new gutter system, but how can you make a ‘green’ choice? Home owners with the environment in mind are turning to copper gutters.

But, not only is copper the green choice, it is also the best choice for gutters. Actually, copper is one of only a few materials that is considered to be fully sustainable. Barely any of the copper reserves worldwide have been mined, and that copper that has been mined is still in use today! In fact, more than half of all the copper used for architectural purposes is recycled.

One of the biggest advantages of copper gutters is their lifespan, they can last for more than 100 years. Obviously, this means that for the life of your home you won’t ever have to replace your gutters. A peripheral benefit of this is a decrease in energy and fuel use in producing PVC and aluminum gutters are more homeowners choose copper.

Even better, copper gutters are essentially maintenance free as well. So, for the next hundred years, you don’t have to worry about your home gutter system. Copper is a natural algaecide and fungicide. Moss is one of the biggest causes of clogged gutters and copper automatically inhibits its growth.

Needless to say, copper gutters are far more attractive than any other gutter material. So from an aesthetics perspective, as well as an environmental one, copper gutters are the perfect choice for your home.

For more information on copper gutter systems, contact Custom Insulation.

Before Updating HVAC, Update Insulation – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 10, 2014

After this winter, many homeowners are considering replacing their heating or HVAC system. But there are some questions you should ask yourself before you make that big investment.

Have you recently upgraded the thermal envelope of your house? The thermal envelope of your house is everything that separates the living space from the outside, including walls, doors, windows, insulation and the roof. If you’ve been sealing leaks, eliminating drafts, replacing old windows or adding insulation, you’ve been making your home more energy efficient.

With thermal envelope upgrades, the home will lose less heat in the winter and therefore the heating appliance likely won’t need to provide as much energy. Depending on the reduction in energy use, it’s possible that your heating appliance could become oversized and a smaller system may operate more efficiently. Upgrading and updating your home insulation means that your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reducing energy costs year round.

Is your current heating appliance more than 20 years old? Appliances made today are far more efficient than older models. They use less fuel, they are also safer, and they are more efficient. Also, the methods to size a heating system are better and can be tailored to individual homes.

Do you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold? This can be the result of air leaks, inadequate insulation, an improperly sized heating appliance or lack of zoning in your heating system. If you need to add insulation or seal leaks, take care of that before upgrading your heating system so that the heating system will be sized properly for your home.

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

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Spray Foam Insulation Reduces Energy Bills – Worcester, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 03, 2014

Whether it's the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature to make our homes more comfortable all year long. But if your home has any drafts or is insulated poorly, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.

Leaks and drafts can hinder the performance of your HVAC equipment and cause your utility bills to skyrocket. Why? Conditioned air continually escapes the home due to the gaps within the building envelope, and HVAC equipment will work overtime to reach the thermostat's set temperature. Air leakage contributes to potential moisture problems that can affect health and the home's durability.

Once all sources of air leaks have been identified, air sealing techniques and materials can be applied. Caulking and weather-stripping are two of the most popular and common techniques that can help address air leaks. A recent study showed that heat transfer was much lower in a home that has spray foam insulation than with other, more traditional insulation. The reduction, about 15% indicates minimal thermal transmission and better block of heat transference, which can have a significant impact on how homeowners heat and cool their home.

Installed by professionals, spray foam insulation works well in all climates to completely seal your home, filling every gap to stop air leaks and help reduce the strain on HVAC equipment. Spray foam insulation both insulates and air seals the entire building envelope letting homeowners cut their monthly heating and cooling bills by as much as 50% in some cases.

As a long-term solution, spray foam insulation helps maintain a comfortable temperature year-round while helping to control monthly heating and cooling expenses. Thanks to spray foam insulation's air-sealing qualities, homeowners can reduce the size of their heating and cooling equipment since less effort is required to heat or cool the home.

While air leakage can cause energy bills to sky-rocket, a well-insulated home and economical winterizing can help you get through the cold winter months. For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

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Save on Home Heating Bills – Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 17, 2014

It’s one of the coldest winters in recent memory, and with that comes the sky-high cost of heating your home.  That price can be even more painful if your home isn’t properly insulated or winterized.

An energy saver specialist tries to help homeowners figure out why their homes get unbearably cold, while the cost to heat it each month is hundreds of dollars.

A common problem is in the basement. Often there are uninsulated floors – or basement ceilings. So there is cold air in the basement. Warm air rises and leaves the home through the attic. That pulls the cold air from the basement and pulls it up into the house.

Another common issue is that heating ducts are often not insulated. That means the hot air that should be getting up onto the main floor is leaking out into the basement.  Spray foam insulation is the best value for the dollar to fix this problem. That way the heated, or conditioned air stays where it’s supposed to.

Fixing insulation problems can save up to 40% on your heating bill. For more information on improving home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

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Improve Home Insulation – Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 03, 2014

For energy efficiency in all kinds of weather, your home should be properly insulated. Too often only in the everyday living spaces are insulated, leaving attics, basements and garages chillier.

Rolls and batts of insulation, made of fiberglass or rock wool, are inexpensive and quick to install in open areas such as an attic floor.

Those are the spots where the most energy is lost. This not only can cause the house to be uncomfortable, it can lead to higher energy bills.

Insulating Errors

The biggest mistake made is "overstuffing the space."

When there's too much insulation, it stops being an insulator and actually becomes a conductor. Expansion rates vary with foam insulation, and too much can actually cause walls and jambs to buckle. That's a case where too much works against you.

Other examples of what not to do:

Failing to fill the smaller spaces, such as around windows and doors. Even tiny spaces can become big energy loss problems.

Not leaving room for air to circulate. Failure to do this can lead to mold and condensation build-up.

Types of Insulation

Insulation is made of a variety of materials, and comes in four types.

Rolls and batt insulation (blankets) - flexible products made from fibers, such as fiberglass or rock wool. These come in different widths to fit the standard spacing of wall studs and attic or floor joists. Fiberglass batts, the insulation found in most homes, are inexpensive and quick to install. Like other batt-type insulation, fiberglass is rolled and secured into place, but may be difficult to fit around obstacles without leaving gaps.

Loose-fill insulation - usually made of fiberglass, rock wool or cellulose in the form of loose fibers or fiber pellets. This should be blown into spaces using special equipment. It conforms to odd-sized openings.

Rigid foam insulation - typically more expensive, but very effective when used in exterior walls and for special applications such as attic hatch doors.

Spray- foam  insulation - can be blown into walls, on attic surfaces or under doors to reduce air leakage. There are several types, depending on the space that needs to be filled and how much you'd like the insulation to expand.

Where to Insulate

Insulating the following areas of your home can help keep you comfortable year-round:

Unfinished attic spaces - between and over floor joists; attic access doors.

Finished attic spaces (with or without dormers) - between studs of "knee" walls (vertical walls with attic space directly behind them); between studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof; ceilings with cold spaces above.

All exterior walls - between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs and storage areas; foundation walls above ground level.

Floors above cold spaces - vented crawl spaces and unheated garages; any portion of the floor that is cantilevered beyond the exterior wall below.

For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

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Pellet Stoves for Combating Frigid Temperatures in Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

With another blast of frigid temperatures in Worcester, you may be wondering how you can keep your heating bill under control.

There are plenty of ways to save money while heating your home. The most popular alternative heating method is with wood pellet stoves. They are small pieces of condensed wood that are stored in pellet stoves, and gradually fed into a fire.

Pellet stoves give you a constant flame, lots of heat, and requires little or no adjustments. They burn hotter than open fireplaces which means they give off more heat, and they are easier to install than wood stoves or gas stoves because they can be vented through any outside wall.

Pellets stoves are in high demand because they are easy to use, easy to maintain and easy to budget. Custom Insulation can help you decide what size pellet stove you need based on how much space you want to heat. Pellet stoves can heat an entire home, or they can supplement you oil or gas heating system. Additionally, pellet stove retailers can tell you how much pellets you need to buy in order to heat that space all winter. This way, you can plan for your heating bill rather than get surprised by it each time fossil fuel prices rise.

For those who are using pellets, it’s important to use high quality pellets, they burn hotter and create less ash, meaning less pellet stove cleaning.

A quality pellet is low ash, low moisture, and is considered a premium pellet. The price of low quality pellets may seem attractive at first, but higher quality is better.

Those pellets also burn cleaner and are better for the environment. Pellets are a renewable energy source and are a lot easier and nicer to handle than traditional firewood. This is another advantage of pellet stoves over wood.

For more information, contact Custom Insulation.




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