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Pellets as a Fuel Source

10 January 2012

Biomass, a renewable energy option, allows us to reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. People usually think of wood when they think of renewable energy. Biofuel is not new, but we have started thinking more about it as we watch our energy bills rise and hear more about carbon footprints.

Different biomass fuels burn differently, but generally they generate the same heat. The variation comes from the various biomass appliances: pellet stoves, fireplaces and insertsPellet Stoves, inserts and fireplaces have variables that affect the way the pellets burn, which is what changes the heat output.

So how can we use biomass? Although burning logs saves in energy costs and is a form of renewable energy, the answer for many is pellets. Pellets burn much more efficiently, are easier to transport, and dispensing or feeding the fuel into the appliance is easier and efficient.
 
For more information on pellet stoves and pellet inserts, contact Custom Insulation.

Make your Home Warmer Faster

3 January 2012

Is your house cold? Maybe you just think that is a fact of living in Worcester, MA. Well it is true, it is cold here, but it is possible to keep your home warmer. Add or replace your attic insulation.

You can finally feel it, it took a while to get here, but it’s cold. Replacing your attic insulation can create a significant cost savings for you. Have a reputable insulation professional come out to your home to check the filling in your attic to see if it meets the current recommendations.

If your insulation is not in line with the current guidelines, then it’s time to consider replacement insulation or perhaps just filler to get it up to par.

The next step in replacing the attic insulation is choosing the type of insulation that you want and that is appropriate.  Going with what is already installed is usually the best idea for most homes, but if your home is older, you might want to change the type of insulation that you have.  Your choices of insulation are spray foam, blown cellulose and batting.
 
Homes in Worcester and the surrounds need thicker density insulation because they are subjected to more extreme weather conditions. Contact Custom Insulation for a quote.

Many Advantages to Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts

28 December 2011

Wood burning fireplace inserts are a great way to heat your home. They give you the beauty of a wood fire, with the added advantages of a wood burning insert for better efficiency. With all of the choices today in wood burning fireplace insert styles, a new wood burning fireplace insert is the perfect choice to heat your home during cold Worcester winters.
 
If you have been thinking about buying a wood burning fireplace insert, now is the time. Oil and gas prices are skyrocketing and winter has only just begun.

Wood makes a beautiful fire. Wood burning fireplace inserts can heat your whole home all winter, so no more heating bills. Or, wood fireplace insert scan help supplement your home heating so you use less oil or gas heat throughout the winter, giving you smaller, more manageable heating bills all winter long.

The wood burning fireplace inserts manufactured today have much higher standards too, with higher EPA ratings than in the past.

Wood burning fireplace inserts will keep you warmer this winter, reduce your heating bills, add atmosphere to your home and increase your home’s value. What have you got to lose?

Click “fireplace inserts” to contact Custom Insulation about which wood burning fireplace insert would be best for your home.

Pellet Stoves and Fireplaces Are Perfect for Winter in Worcester

20 December 2011

Interest in pellet stoves and pellet fireplaces is skyrocketing. Pellet stoves and fireplaces are green, efficient, economical, and beautiful. There are a couple of things to think about when considering buying a pellet stove or pellet  stove insert for your home.

Do you want the new pellet stove or fireplace to heat your entire home, or just help heat a room or two? In order to purchase the right pellet stove or fireplace for your needs, you need to know how much space you want to heat. So how big is your house, or how big is the room(s) you want to heat? This will help you determine how many BTU’s you need. The pellet burning stoves and fireplace at Custom Insulation come in many sizes with all different heating capacities.

The Winslow Pellet Stove is a great value. With this pellet stove, you can heat anywhere from 900 to 2000 square feet of living space. With great efficiency, this is an incredibly economical way to heat your home this winter.

Pellets stoves and fireplaces meet the demand for an affordable way to heat your home, without sacrificing important quality features. Our attractive pellet stoves and fireplaces are easy to use with automatic controls for thermostat operation.

Sit in your living room and enjoy an evening by firelight. But best of all, with all the various styles; as well as a pedestal base or legs, your new pellet stove can fit in nicely with your décor.

If you are interested in a better home heating solution, contact Custom Insulation today.

Wood or Pellet Fireplace Inserts Heat Your Home Better

13 December 2011

Wood and pellet burning fireplace inserts help you cut down on your home heating costs.  They also make your fireplace  more efficient and more attractive.

If you have a fireplace in your home, then you are a prime candidate for a wood burning or pellet burning insert. They are a much more efficient source of heat than an open fireplace. And, for the remainder of the month, they also qualify for a home energy tax credit.

Essentially, a wood burning fireplace insert is a wood stove that is installed inside an open fireplace. They allow you to maximize heating efficiency and really benefit from the full potential of your fireplace.

You’ve probably heard plenty about making your home more energy efficient. Well now is the time to act.  Our Winslow Pellet stove insert can heat a home as large as 2000 square feet. Our wood burning fireplace inserts can heat anywhere from 1000-1800 square feet of space.

So if you are looking to increase the value of your home, increase your comfort this winter, and decrease your costs, contact Custom Insulation about wood and pellet fireplace inserts.

Save Money with a New Pellet Stove

7 December 2011

There are ways to spend money in order to save money and pellet stoves are a perfect example.

There are many advantages to heating your home with a pellet stove, other than the economy of pellets, the efficient heat and the decrease in your home heating bills, there is also ease of installation. You can put a pellet stove in any room with an outside wall, even if that room has no chimney. Any home or room can be compatible with a pellet stove.

Zone heating the areas of your home where you spend the most time can reduce your home heating bill by 20 to 40%. Installing an energy-efficient pellet stove is a great, appealing way to zone heat the rooms you use the most.

What's more, pellet heat is "greener." Spending money on a new pellet stove when it will add warmth and appeal to a room and save you money on heating bills.

Check out our pellet stoves at Custom Insulation, and save on your home heating bills this winter!

Prevent Ice Dams

1 December 2011

Ice dams are a result of too much heat loss from your home. Did you or someone you know struggle with ice dams last winter? Don’t go through this winter what you went through last year; there is an easy fix, to prevent ice dams, really.

Proper insulation and roof ventilation can stop ice dams from forming, prevent damage and lower energy bills. Ice dams form when melted snow refreezes at the roof edges. They look pretty on the neighbor’s house, but how do you stop them?

Three things are constant in ice dam formation: snow, heat to melt the snow and cold which refreezes the melted snow into ice. Ice dams can form with any amount of snowfall, even just 1 or 2 inches, if the roof is poorly insulated, and the snow is followed by days of freezing temperatures. It is true that deeper snow and cold temperatures increase the likelihood and size of ice dams. As snow on the upper part of the roof melts the water runs down the roof under the snow and refreezes into ice at the roof’s edge creating an ice dam. Additional melted snow pools against the dam and eventually leaks into your house through the roof or trim.

The snow melts along the top of the roof, and not at the bottom of the roof because of heat loss from your living space. The top of the roof is right above where you live. Poorly insulated homes lose heat out of the top of the roof, thus causing the snow to melt.

The solution: insulate your home to prevent heat loss. Insulation stops the flow of heat from the house to the roof keeping your roof cold. Houses in Massachusetts should have ceiling insulation of at least R-38, about 12 inches of blanket insulation or cellulose insulation. Contact Custom Insulation Specialties for information on how to more properly insulate  your existing home.

Wood Burning Inserts Efficiently Heat Homes in Worcester

22 November 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

15 November 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

Is a Wood, Gas, or Electric Fireplace Right for You?

8 November 2011

Now that fall is here, there's nothing better than curling up to a nice, warm fire, not to mention a well maintained, easy-to-use fireplaces is an attraction for buyers if you're thinking of selling your home.

A fireplace will help you keep cozy, and is energy efficient. If you're looking to add a new fireplace or upgrade an existing one, here are some options.

Wood burning fireplaces are great for those who love an open fire, burning wood and the sound of crackling logs. And, there are efficient and beautiful advanced wood-burning fireplaces available. They emit less smoke than traditional wood-burning fireplaces and distribute heat better in your home.

Electric fireplaces are the perfect way to set the mood, and temperature, at the flick of a switch. They are safe, convenient, low maintenance and cost little to install. Electric fireplaces won't add to the value of your home like other types of fireplaces, they are great for small spaces, apartments and condos and don't require a chimney or outdoor venting.
 
Gas fireplaces are popular options because they are clean burning, efficient and don't require a chimney. Like electric, gas fireplaces can also be turned on by a switch and controlled with a remote. They replicate the flame of real wood-burning fireplaces, gas is more energy efficient and you won't need to worry about cleaning up wood chips or ashes.
 
Interested in a new or upgraded fireplace, contact Custom Insulation Co.

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