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Insulation, Signs You Need to Add More – Worcester, Boston

16 September 2013

The average family spends more than $1000 annually on heating and cooling costs. That’s nearly half a home's total energy bill. Unfortunately, a large portion of those expenses are wasted due to poor home insulation.

Getting your home ready for winter and stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at your home insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?

There are telltale signs that can alert any homeowner that it’s time to add to or replace their home insulation -- before the temperature plunges and the energy bill rises.

Homeowner should run through the following checklist to determine whether their home has adequate insulation:

Vintage 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 an immediate, positive impact on a home’s energy usage and bills.

Non-stop furnace: Does your furnace seem to run non-stop in the winter? Adequate insulation leads to less maintenance on your heating system, as it lasts 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 drafty and another one warm, you may need to beef up your insulation. The fireplace, walls and attic are prime spots for drafts. Look for insulation that can fit snugly in rafters and other tight areas.

Roof hot spots: If your shingles are exposed after a recent snowfall, chances are these “hot spots” are indicative of warm air escaping. Check your attic for adequate insulation. If you can easily see your floor joists, you should add more.

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.

For more information about properly insulating your home contact Custom Insulation.

Don’t let cool weather take you by surprise. With proper insulation, you can improve the comfort of your home significantly and enjoy energy savings.

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Pellet Stoves to Supplement Your Winter Heating - Worcester, MA

9 September 2013

If you are considering a change in your home heating this winter, consider a new pellet stove. Pellet heat is an economical, efficient way to heat your home. Even better, pellet stoves can be added to any room with an outside wall, no existing chimney is necessary. This makes them a convenient and easy way to supplement your heat this winter.
Pellet stoves can meet the needs and styles of every home while providing a clean and labor free way to heat your home. There's a reason why a large number of homeowners use pellet stoves - they are timeless and offer efficient heating with a very unique style.

This winter, a pellet stove will give you powerful, fully automatic heating and customizable style options to create reliable warmth and timeless beauty for your home.  The Winslow pellet stove is an attractive pellet stove that delivers inviting and reliable heat that can be customized to complement the décor and style of any home and it is convenient and easy to use.

The Winslow pellet stoves can be used with a thermostat too, so that you can set the temperature and your pellet stove will turn off and on to maintain a cozy, warm temperature. Easy to use, easy to maintain, pellet stoves are an easy alternative if you need or want to supplement your winter heat.

The large and easy-to-load hopper holds up to 60 lbs of pellets with means that there is less loading and longer burn times.  This pellet stove delivers hassle-free automatic starts and works with a thermostat for easy operation and has Multiple design options to customize to your taste as well as an optional log set to provide realism.

For more information, contact Custom Insulation.

Save Money with More Insulation - Worcester, Boston

3 September 2013

When you’re using energy you don’t have to use, you’re wasting money. Or if the air you are heating is heading outside, you are also wasting money.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a typical home’s air leakage can account to up to 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling. That translates to a loss of up to 40 cents on every dollar spent heating or cooling the average home.

Homeowners looking to put that money back in their pockets will find that sealing air leaks can significantly reduce energy bills and also make their home more comfortable.

Many air leaks in homes are obvious, such as around windows, doors and electrical outlets. But others like those in attics, around chimneys, crawlspaces and through recessed lighting fixtures, which are often the more significant sources of energy loss in a home, can be more challenging to detect.

Many builders and remodelers recommend a “whole-house” assessment before homeowners start sealing air leaks for energy efficiency. Some contractors can use special diagnostic tools to help pinpoint your home’s actual leakage and make recommendations for sealing the building envelope and ducts, adding insulation if needed.

Along with saving money, an overall growing sensitivity to the environment has added to the momentum behind energy efficiency and helped bring sustainability concerns to the forefront such as the use of renewable building materials and the use of recycled products including insulation made from recycled materials in home building and remodeling, water conservation and reuse, indoor air quality and healthy homes, and even renewable energy sources.

Recent history shows that consumers will choose “green” options or greener homes as long as they are convenient and affordable – especially once they clearly understand the long-term benefits from both a financial and environmental perspective. More and more, we are seeing how simple actions can make a big difference.

For more information on making your home more green with added insulation, contact Custom Insulation.


Adding Insulation can Save Money - Worcester

26 August 2013

Does your home need more insulation? Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Many of the existing homes in the US were not insulated to the levels that are used today. On top of this, older homes are likely to use more energy than newer homes, leading to higher heating and air-conditioning bills.
Where and How Much
Adding insulation where you already have some insulation, such as in an attic, will save energy. You can save even greater amounts of energy if you install insulation into places in your home that have never been insulated. Some of the building spaces that should be insulated might include an un-insulated floor over a garage or crawlspace, or a wall that separates a room from the attic.
Unless your home in Worcester and surrounding towns was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can probably reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. In fact, many older homes have less insulation than newly built homes.  But adding insulation to a newer home can pay for itself.

For more information on if you could save money by adding insulation to your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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The Benefit of Combined Spray, Rolled, and Foam Insulation

22 August 2013

Spray foam insulation is the current popular trend, but how does it stand up compared to rolled insulation  or blown insulation for homes in and around Worcester MA? Chances are your home has a combination of both. This has been the Worcester Mass home insulation trend for years. over the last 80 years.

Spray foam insulation is a liquid applied insulation product that covers the vertical rafters and is applied to the attic ceiling. Immediately the spray foam insulation expands and fills any holes, sealing off the attic from the outside, thus making it into its own conditioned space. This eliminates the need to be ventilated. When the two types of insulation are combined, they create a sealed air space that saves energy. There are drawbacks. There is more space to heat and cool and your HVAC equipment might not be able to handle the upgrade.

With that said, the benefits of combining the different types of insulation far exceed the drawbacks. Even though your space needs to be conditioned, that doesn't necessarily mean pumping in air-conditioning, it may only mean dehumidifying the space. A simple dehumidifier can fix that problem and may not even be needed at all.

For more information on adding insulation to your home to reduce energy costs, contact Custom Insulation.

Reduce Home Energy Costs - Worcester, MA

13 August 2013

Are you trying to figure out how to save money on home energy costs? Before the winter begins in Worcester, make energy efficient changes to your home. There are many things that you can do.

Consider your windows, doors, insulation, heating and cooling equipment and appliances. All of these things can make a big difference to your home energy costs, and boost your home value at the same time.

Install low-flow showerheads and faucets: Modern faucets use 40% less water. Replacing faucets with models that have a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute can cut your water usage for showers in half.

Switch to fluorescent light bulbs or light-emitting diodes: They cost a little more, but you can save $50 over the life of just one bulb.  Energy efficient bulbs use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last at least six times longer. They also produce about 75% less heat, so it's safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

Buy ENERGY STAR appliances: The average homeowner annually spends about $2,000 on energy bills, according to ENERGY STAR. Change to appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating, and you can save hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs.

Seal and insulate: Sealing and adding insulation to the shell of your home - its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors - is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Adding insulation to your home keeps the warm, heated air in your home and keeps the cold air out of your home. The extra four inches of insulation in the walls, along with the airtight windows, eliminates drafts in the house.

Consider getting rid of the old appliances. Refrigerators built before 1993 can use two to three times more energy than newer models.

For more information on adding insulation to your home to reduce energy costs, contact Custom Insulation.

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

5 August 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.

Do You Need More Home Insulation in Worcester and Boston?

26 July 2013

It’s the season when people worrying about how to cool down their homes without using more AC.  Being comfortable while not increasing utility bills is the challenge.
Will attic insulation help?

Attic insulation could help if you have an older home built before standards for insulation improved. Get on a ladder and stick your head into the attic. Do you see a continuous layer of insulation with no wood peeking out? If you see a lot of lumber, you don’t have enough insulation.

Generally, if insulation was installed more than 20 years ago, its effectiveness may have deteriorated, and it may need improving. If your home was built before 1984, it almost certainly needs more insulation.

R-values measure how effectively insulation resists heat flow into your cooled spaces below. And the recommended values come from building codes and the U.S. Energy Department.

Know what the R-value should be for the space you are insulating Over-insulating an attic or crawl space won’t save you enough money on power bills to make the expense worthwhile. If you think you need more insulation, consult an expert.

If you have concrete-block walls, filling them with spray foam insulation helps can make a big improvement in cooling your house in summer and heating it in winter because many older homes made from these blocks were not insulated at all. Foam insulation can improve the R-value of concrete-block walls by as much as five times. Foam insulation can also make a dramatic difference in older frame-construction houses that have little or no insulation. If you suspect your walls aren’t properly insulated, you need to get a professional assessment.

For more information contact Custom Insulation.

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Home Insulation Can Help Keep Your Home Cooler – Worcester, Boston

17 July 2013

When the hot weather arrives, homeowners worry about cooling down their homes. Insulation can help, but here is advice on what can help and why:

Attic insulation

Improving attic insulation will work if you have an older home. When you look in your attic you should see is a continuous layer of insulation with no wood peeking out. If a lot of wood is visible, you don’t have enough insulation.

Generally, if your insulation was installed 20 years ago, it has probably deteriorated. If so, it needs redoing or improving. If your home was built before 1984, it almost certainly needs more insulation.

But most attics in homes built more recently were insulated to the recommended rating. The recommended R-value measures how effectively insulation resists heat flow into your cooled spaces.

Over-insulating an attic or crawl space won’t save you enough money on your power bills to make it worth it. If you think you need more insulation, consult a reputable insulation expert.

Insulating walls

Adding insulation to walls can make a big improvement in cooling your house in summer and heating it in winter, particularly if you have an older home built from concrete blocks.

Foam insulation can improve the R-value of concrete block walls by as much as five times. Typically, an older house can go from R-2 or -3 to R-11.

Foam insulation can also be installed in older frame construction houses that have little or no insulation and will make a dramatic difference.

For more information on insulating your home, contact Custom Insulation.

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Increase Home Value by Adding a Pellet Stove - Worcester

11 July 2013

Are you remodeling your home or building a new home? If so, consider adding a working hearth or fireplace. Pellet stoves are easy to add because they don’t need an actual brick and mortar chimney. Pellet stoves can be vented out the side of your home from any wall. We know it is July, but at the rush and look at pellet stoves now, while no one else is thinking about the. When it comes time to finally sell your home, you ‘ll find that buyers are interested and will pay more for a working fireplace.

A working fireplace increases your home value, because it is considered a plus to home buyers. But it also decreases heating costs, which makes your home even more attractive to prospective buyers. So, while you may be remodeling your home for your own enjoyment, remember to consider resale value along the way.

Fireplaces and stoves that are fueled by pellets have many advantages. The fuel used to heat  your home is a renewable resource; pellets are easy to use, easy to transport, easy to budget; pellet heat is far less expensive than oil.

If you’re goal is to save on heating bills and to make your home more energy efficient, pellet stoves are a perfect choice. Buyers will agree as well. Pellet stoves can also be set to be used with thermostats, and can be lit with a flick of a switch. When it comes to a burning fire, you can’t get more convenient than that.

No matter what pellet stove you choose, a working fireplace adds atmosphere and ambiance to any home. For more information, contact Custom Insulation in Worcester.

Insulation helps keep your house cool in the summer!