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How to Save Money on Heating this Winter

23 October 2012

Heating your home in Worcester this winter doesn’t have to be a big hit on your wallet, there are some simple things you can do to save.

As the weather and leaves start to turn, more people are beginning to think about getting ready for the winter.
National Grid is suggesting a number of things that homeowners can do to keep energy costs down.

Take these measures now while the weather is pleasant instead of waiting for the cold to really arrive.

Weather stripping can be applied around your doors and windows as well as clear films that can go over big doorways or sliding glass doors.

There is also insulation for your pipes as well as an insulation blanket for your hot water tank.

One way to eliminate the loss of heat through the attic is to install fiberglass insulation.

National Grid also advises to change furnace filters every month.

There are a number of things you can do to keep the warm air inside your home during the cold weather months, from weather-stripping to insulation, also if you’ve got a gap or opening near a door or window, you can also spray in some foam right from a can.

For spaces under a door, door sweeps installed at the bottom of a door can keep the drafts out and the warm air in.

If your air conditioners are permanently installed in your windows, cover them up during the cold months.

National Grid also suggests lowering your thermostat to 65 during the day and lowering them more during the night.

For information on all of your insulation needs, contact Custom Insulation.

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Better than a Wood Stove

16 October 2012

This winter is predicted to be very cold. Many homeowners have heard of the virtues of adding a fireplace insert or wood stove to their home. But, many homeowners don’t want to deal with wood burning fires. There is a solution.

There are alternatives to heating your home without compromising warmth, comfort and convenience. Pellet stoves are very efficient in keeping entire homes warm even on very cold days.

Pellet stoves look like wood burning stoves. As well as being efficient and using renewable energy, this is where the similarities end. Pellet stoves are actually far more efficient than wood burning stoves. As a result their popularity is increasing.  

Forget about stacking and hauling wood. Pellet stoves are powerful, with fully automatic pellet heat, advanced technical features and customizable style options which all combine to create reliable warmth and timeless beauty.

For more information on  an exceptionally effective and practical way to heat your home with a pellet stove, contact Custom Insulation.

Fireplace Inserts Add Value to Your Home

12 October 2012

If you are remodeling or building a home in the Worcester area, add a fireplace insert. Homebuyers love a working fireplace and they also love efficient heating solutions. A fireplace insert is considered a plus to home buyers, thus increasing the value of your home.

Gas or wood burning fireplaces inserts bring many advantages to your home. Wood inserts is considered a renewable energy source and is a very economical way to heat your home.

Gas fireplace inserts are generally easier to use with less mess and effort. But, whichever fuel source you choose to run your fireplace insert, one thing is certain; working fireplaces add atmosphere and ambiance to any home.

New home buyers love the idea of a working hearth and they make your home more enticing. If you are remodeling for your own enjoyment, a room with a burning fire adds a whole new dimension to entertaining. Contact Custom Insulation for more information.

Pellet Stoves a Green Way to Heat Your Home

5 October 2012

Are you looking for different, more efficient or perhaps greener ways to heat your home? Then think about pellet stoves. This type of stove burns pellets made from wood chips, bark, compacted sawdust and other organic materials. Some of the advantages to using wood-pellet stoves are their heating efficiency; they produce very little waste; they can be installed on any outside wall, even if there is no chimney; and they use inexpensive fuel.

Pellet stoves have an average efficiency rating of 80- to 85%. The pellets are burned completely and they hardly give off any smoke, so they only need a small pipe leading outside. Pellet stoves also produce very little waste. A 40-pound bag of pellets produces less than a cup of ashes. People can use a wood pellet stove for several weeks without having to empty the ashes, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Because they have higher combustion and heating efficiency than a wood stove, less air pollution is being produced.

Custom Insulation can help you choose the best pellet stove for your home. Contact us or stop by!

What Kind of Insulation Should You Choose?

25 September 2012

For new construction, foam insulation is an ideal choice, but in existing homes insulating the underside of the roof's decking with blanket insulation can be a better value.

The existing attic insulation should be removed and a heating/cooling duct should be installed to control and condition the attic space if one does not exist already. There is no out-gassing of the expanding foam insulation.

The R-rating is the resistance to thermal transfer, and the higher the R-rating the better, but the insulation should never touch the underside of the roof's decking. A baffle should be installed between the rafters where the roof's decking is close to the attic's floor to provide airflow from the home's soffit vents and to prevent contact between the blown-in insulation and the decking.
 
If you choose foam insulation, there is no need for the baffles because all of the decking would be covered.

Custom Insulation recommends you get a few bids to compare; making sure each contractor is licensed and insured. Before hiring a contractor, contact your local Better Business Bureau for information on the contractor's business -- and always get references from the contractor and contact his customers to see if they were satisfied with the work.

Contact Custom Insulation for a quote on insulating your home.

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Air Duct Insulation Improves Home Heating Efficiency

18 September 2012

The cooler weather is here, and in fact some of Massachusetts may have frost before the end of the week. It is almost time to turn on your heat. If you are starting to think about heating your home for the winter - HVAC tune-ups, ordering pellets, stacking wood - you may also want to think about insulating air ducts.
 
Adding insulation makes your home more energy efficient. Energy is usually wasted from your heating systems and as heat escapes from your home out of the attic. Well-maintained heating systems run more efficiently and waste less energy.

Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace or heat pump can waste energy. Sealing and insulating these ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating system by as much as 20%. Start with the attic and basement because these are areas where your ducts are often not insulated.

Sealing and insulating air ducts can improve their energy efficiency and keep warm air inside. Insulating your air ducts helps maintain the temperature of the air flowing through them and into your home.

Contact Custom Insulation to improve the air duct insulation in your home.

Pellet Stoves are A Better Way to Heat Your Home

11 September 2012

Cool nights are fast approaching, and heating your home takes energy and reliance on fossil fuels, namely oil and gas.

But there are better and less expensive ways to heat your home. With pellet stoves, you get warmth, comfort and convenience, and all of that is less expensive than traditional heat.  With a pellet stove you can heat your entire home or do zone heating.

To make wood pellets is an economical to process, and pellet stoves are efficient, making pellet stoves a more economical alternative for homeowners. By using wood pellet stoves, we can heat our homes, and become less dependent to fossil fuels and their constantly changing prices.

To heat your home with a pellet stove this winter, contact Custom Insulation.

Heat Your Worcester Home with Pellet Stoves

5 September 2012

We surely cannot expect another mild winter. Before the chilly nights return, add a Winslow or Montage pellet stove to your home.

Not only do the Winslow and Montage pellet stoves give you reliable heat, these pellet stove are attractive and can be customized to fit in with the décor in any home. Additionally, these pellet stoves are easy to use and service.

Lennox pellet stoves are efficient too because they are designed with the ability to allow you to set an ideal room temperature.
 
These pellet stoves have modern design. With large hoppers and beautiful lines, Lennox pellet stoves will efficiently heat your home, cut down on your heating costs, and look great.  Using these stoves is easy, convenient and giving you dependable, low-maintenance heat.

Lennox pellet stoves are powerful, with fully automatic pellet heat, contact Custom Insulation in Worcester for more information.

Gas Fireplaces Have Many Advantages Over Wood

30 August 2012

The temperature is dropping in the evenings here in Worcester, and it is probably time you should start talking about enhancing your fireplace and heating your home this fall and winter.

Gas fireplaces replicate the look and feel of wood fireplaces with a few major advantages.  There are no logs to cut, not logs to stack and haul.  Additionally, gas fireplaces are easy to operate, turn them on with the flick of a wall switch or remote control.
 
Did you know that gas fireplaces produce a cleaner fire with less air pollution? On top of this, they are beautiful and add ambiance and value to your home.  Gas fireplaces have the look of traditional fireplaces. And  The Montebello has a clean-face design that is smooth and elegant, reminiscent of a classic masonry fireplace.
 
For more information on the Lennox gas fireplace, contact Custom Installation.  

No More Clogged Gutters

21 August 2012

Cleaning clogged gutters is messy and dangerous if  you do it yourself or expensive if you have to hire professionals to do it for you. You need tough, effective gutter guards that ensures water flows into your gutters and leaves stay out.

When it comes to gutter guards, your home needs a strong, fast draining, and long lasting solution that works: WaterFall Gutter Guards.
 
Key Features:

  • Innovative "step" design that can handle up to 10 inches of rain per hour
  • Low profile appearance that lasts — no change to the roofline
  • Manufactured from durable vinyl
  • Perfect for 4" and 5" K-style gutters with special adapters for use with 6" K-style gutters too

Unlike other systems which have an ugly profile, WaterFall keeps a low, clean profile that does not change the roofline. Finally, put an end to the time and expense of cleaning those gutters once or twice a year. Contact Custom Insulation for installation of the WaterFall Gutter Guard System in the Worcester area.

Insulation helps keep your house cool in the summer!