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Wood Burning Inserts Efficiently Heat Homes in Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wood burning fireplace inserts provide efficient, clean-burning and reliable warmth for your home. If you live in the Worcester area and are looking for a way to better heat your home this winter, consider a Lennox wood fireplace insert.

Lennox makes the perfect wood burning fireplace inserts to meet your home heating needs. Available with an array of door styles and finishes and powerful heat circulating blowers, wood burning fireplace inserts can be customized to suit your individual needs and tastes.

Every Lennox wood burning fireplace insert is built with premium-grade materials and the utmost commitment
to quality. Innovative technology and designs make Lennox wood-burning inserts among the most beautiful, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly products on the market today.

The Lennox Performer wood burning fireplace insert offers increased heat output and easier loading. For moderate heating needs, this fireplace insert is the smart and efficient choice. Available with your choice of an Arch or Traditional door in a variety of finishes.

Contact Custom Insulation Company for more information on wood burning fireplace inserts.

Federal Energy Tax Credits About to Expire

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

If you have not taken advantage of the energy tax credit, the time is now.  Several federal energy tax credits originally slated to end in 2010 were extended through December 31, 2011.

Here's how the energy tax credits work:

You may claim a credit for 10% of the total cost of various home energy-efficiency products for your existing primary residence, including: insulation and biomass stoves.

For biomass stoves, the maximum combined credit is $300 (10% credit for the purchase of a 75% efficient biomass stove, insert or fireplace).

For other qualifying products, the maximum combined credit is $500 (10% percent of $5,000 in total cost) for all allowable products purchased between 2006 and 2011.

Tax advantages are just one of many reasons to conserve energy. Besides helping to protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint, you can also save a lot of money on home heating. According to the Department of Energy, you can reduce your heating and cooling bills about 10% per year by simply turning your thermostat back 10°-15° for eight hours. Supplementing you home heating with a wood or pellet stove can let you do this.

Other cost-saving ideas include:

Insulate your home. Up to 30% percent of heated or cooled air can be lost through leaks, so add weather stripping and caulking wherever air escapes.
 
Heating water is the third-largest home energy expense, after heating/air conditioning and electrical appliances, so try lowering your water heater temperature to 120º F or lower.

Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system to your fireplace to re-circulate warmed air; and always close the damper when not in use.

Bottom line: Take advantage of financial incentives available to make your home more energy efficient, now before the winter's chill.

Contact Custom Insulation Co. for more information on making your home more energy efficient.

Excerpts from Huffington Post

Copper Gutters are Beautiful and High Performing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

There are so many reasons to consider copper when you are considering gutters for your home. Visually copper gutters are very versatile, they look great and fit in visually on any style home, from period Victorian homes to contemporary. The color of copper gutters naturally changes over time, and in many ways this is part of their visual appeal.

Copper gutters are one of the most durable forms of gutters on the market. When you are thinking of installing copper gutters on your property, consider Custom Insulation Company. They will analyze your property from every perspective in order to get your new gutter system performing at an optimal level for water proofing.

When you are considering a gutter system for your home, of course your main concern is what will perform the best regardless of the intensity of the weather.  With copper gutters you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have one of the most resilient materials protecting your rooftops, siding and brickwork.

And of course, your next concern is appearance. Copper is a distinctive choice and that is visually striking. They will be a gorgeous and functional addition to any property; it’s little surprise that they are one of the most commonly purchased types of gutters on the market today.

Gutters are available in different materials and it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Copper has what many homeowners require from a functionality, aesthetic and performance perspective. Speak to Custom Insulation about a copper gutter rainwater system if you are thinking of changing the guttering on your home.

Copper Gutters Are Green

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Architects, builders, and homeowners are trying more and more to reduce their impact on the environment, which shows in the increasing use of environmentally friendly materials. More and more architects and home owners with the environment in mind are turning to copper gutters.

Copper is not the only metal which can be used for gutters: aluminum and PVC can also be used. But copper is the best choice for gutters. The arguments for copper being the gutter material of choice are based on the fact that copper is one of a handful of materials that are considered to be fully sustainable. Only 12% of known copper reserves have ever been mined and most of what has been mined is still in use. Also, it is estimated that 55% of all the copper in use for architectural purposes is recycled.

Copper gutters have durability and longevity with a lifespan of at least 100 years. Therefore, over the lifespan of your home, there is no need to replace the gutters. This contributes to a reduction in demand for production of PVC gutters which is a process that damages the environment.

But maybe the environmental argument doesn’t stop you from thinking of the cost of copper gutters.  On average, cast iron, aluminum and PVC cannot beat copper in price versus durability. There are two more advantages to copper gutters:  it is maintenance free and copper is an algaecide and fungicide. It kills one of the biggest contributors to gutter blockage: moss. So pick any reason for copper gutters; they're environmentally friendly, they make great financial sense, they're durable and, best of all, they're attractive.

The Advantages of Blown in Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Few homeowners are aware that there different ways to insulate their home, and that there are some differences among the two methods. Rolled insulation, or batting, is the most recognizable option to most home owners. Many consider it the neatest, cleanest and easiest to install, but it has its advantages and disadvantages just like the blown in insulation which is installed by a professional.

The main advantage of Rolled Insulation is convenience. Rolled insulation can quickly and easily be installed, and is sold at home improvement stores for the do-it-your-self homeowner with time on their hands.
 
The advantages of blown in insulation are performance and the speed of install. Despite the fact that rolled insulation is manufactured to fit in between standard sized studs - it still does not exactly match the "fill" of professionally installed blown in insulation. Blown in insulation has optimal performance because it fits securely into every nook and cranny. It fills every crack and crevice and surrounds every piece of conduit and obstacle, which makes for a much more effective barrier than rolled insulation.

Custom Insulation Company, Inc will come to your home and insulate in a few hours, what could have taken a few days to do with rolled insulation. And again, blown in insulation will get into areas that would have never have gotten to with rolls.

This brings up the point of price. Considering the cost of materials, the higher level of protection, and the amount of time and work that a do-it-yourselfer would have to invest, it could be very well worth a bit higher initial investment to have the blown in insulation installed by professionals. You may come to find that the money you are saving on your energy bills will help pay for that extra cost in no time

Essential Energy Efficiency Starts with Attic Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 10, 2011

When it comes to a home improvement that reduces energy use and improves the interior comfort of the home environment, many first look to energy efficient air conditioning and heating units as the answer. Energy Star HVAC units are indeed energy savers. They are also very costly investments and even those have limited effectiveness if other areas of the home where heat is gained or lost are not also addressed. The place to begin is with the attic.

Attic Insulation Attic insulation and ventilation is a critical part of energy conservation in a home. Significant heat enters the home through the attic in summer and heat is lost from the attic in the winter. Attic insulation systems work less hard with less energy needed. Making sure you have proper attic insulation is key not only in the winter time but also in the summer time to prevent heat loss and cold air exiting through cracks.

Adequate attic ventilation is equally important to prevent heat and moisture from being trapped in the attic. Keeping the air circulating properly in the attic also aids in preventing unwanted heat gain and loss and prevents damaging moisture from rotting wood and promoting the growth of mildew and molds. If you are looking to make a home improvement that pays for itself in reduced energy usage as well as one that protects your most valuable investment, then contact us today. We will be happy to assess your insulation needs!

Our Aluminum and Copper Gutters Add Value to Any Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Besides the convenience of not being dripped on, gutters provide a useful and important function for the maintenance of your home. By channeling rain water to a central downspout and thereby away from your foundation, gutters help to prevent a slow but steady accumulation of moisture around the perimeter of your house. Over time, this can lead to foundation problems, leaks, or wood rot. If you were on the fence about installing gutters, remember that they can also provide added value to your home in more ways that one.

If you are installing gutters for the first time or performing gutter repairs, there are a few things to be aware of before you begin shopping. Gutters come in several varieties and materials. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Maintaining gutters is one issue, then there are cost and aesthetic appeal to consider. We provide only the best type of gutters for homes, which we will go over in small detail below.

Copper gutters are very strong and keep protecting your home for years. Many people choose copper for its visual appeal, as it can add a nice gold or patina piping to your home design. Copper gutters still 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.

Aluminum
is a cheap install option and will work perfectly fine for several years. We offer seamless gutters in 5 inch and 6 inch sizes. All seamless gutters are made with .032 inch thick aluminum. They are available in a variety of colors with baked on enamel to ensure beauty for years to come.

If your house has no gutters or if the existing ones are showing signs of leakage or are pulling away from the house in places, do not let the problem get worse. Whichever gutter you choose to install will add value to your home and prevent future maintenance issues. Contact us today to learn more about our gutters and be sure to check out our insulation methods and other services we offer.

Our National Fiber's Cel-Pak Cellulose Insulation is a Energy Efficient Choice

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 24, 2011
If you want the most for your money, our cellulose blown in insulation is the top choice. It out performs most other insulation methods on the market and is less expensive too. Cellulose is also a natural organic, recycled material which has no harmful effects on people or the environment. The building industry has been using fiberglass as the old stand by and recently builders and home owners have been looking for a better solution.

Dense packed cellulose has an R-Value of 4.0 per inch which is better than most others with R-Values of 3.67 per inch. Fiberglass is in last place with an R-Value of 3.2 per inch. Cellulose also wicks moisture better than any other insulation meaning that cellulose insulation is still effective if it's wet. Air infiltration is also reduced greatly with the use of dense packed cellulose. Sound control is another huge reason to choose cellulose as many music studios have dense packed cellulose integrated in the sound control designs.

Our National Fiber’s Cel-Pak is a premium, all borate cellulose insulation with proven energy savings. Our cellulose insulation is non-irritating to skin and has no health problems associated with it. With its significant sound barrier and moisture control you can increase the value of your new buildings and existing homes. Contact us today to learn more about our insulation methods.

Quality and Durability with Our Lennox Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

If you want a product that stands for quality and durability, then you should definitely choose the products that are made by Lennox. Heating your home can not only be comforting and beautiful, but it can also leave stress on the owners for the energy bills that heating a home can create. Purchasing an energy efficient heating unit is the way in order to relieve this stress. Lennox makes a wonderful Pellet Stove that is capable of heating an area of 900 up to 2,000 square feet. This is a free standing pellet stove that will give adequate heating while at the same time saving money.

The major benefit of these pellet stoves is the fact that they are very easy to use. Many people have the wrong outlook when it comes to pellet stoves. They believe that there is a lot of maintenance that has to be done with the fireplace inserts or free standing stoves. However, with the Lennox Pellet Stove models, they have an ash pan that is the largest pan of any model on the market today. This allows the owner to only have to clean this pan maybe two or three times a year. This means that the owner can spend time enjoying their fireplace instead of maintaining or cleaning it. These models also employ a control system that will basically run itself once you have set it. They have a bright LED screen for easy viewing. You can set these inserts or free standing units to work up to 41 hours of operation without you having to touch it again.

These units have a bay view shape so that you can have a full view of the burning fire inside.These stoves are the perfect stoves to not only save you money but to also enjoy the beauty, warmth, and ambience that they bring. Contact us today to learn more about our stoves and be sure to check out our insulation methods and other find services and products we offer.

Copper Gutters Provide Protection as well as Style to Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 09, 2011

It really is essential to have a gutter system especially in the Boston area. Having gutters will prevent all sorts of harm from the roof all of the way to the basement. Rain gutters will prevent costly water damage. One form of gutters we offer that are fairly popular are the copper gutters.

Copper gutters are excellent to have for numerous factors such as the fact that they'll never rust or rot away. What ever the weather happens to be, this gutter type will withstand it well. Copper gutters add a distinctive style and flare to your house. Their style is right away noticeable and recognizable. It adds a sense of visual appeal that can only be discovered with copper. It's really more valuable than other materials, and adds an even higher value to your residence. You won't have to maintain them as much as aluminum or vinyl, but they do require some upkeep. The one area you will only want to keep an eye on is with oxidation. Copper gutters will oxidize and turn green over time unless you treat them. There are methods to preserve the shine including by utilizing sealants, but it is not needed.

On the other hand many people prefer the greenish look, particularly in older homes made from stone or stucco. There's an exclusive appeal or look to it that's only developed with time. You'll see them on homes that grow ivy as well. All of these features pretty much mean that you're going to pay a bit more for copper gutters. The positive side of that is you might be truly obtaining a product that lasts longer. You will also invest less time maintaining them. Contact us today to learn more about our gutter systems as well as our insulation methods and other fine services.




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