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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.
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.
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
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.
1 November 2011
Did you lose your power this weekend? Maybe it is still out. Utility companies are diligently working to get power back up and running in Massachusetts, but that is no consolation when you are cold.
Well, there is no need to be cold in the next winter storm. Wood burning fireplace inserts are the answer. Wood-burning fireplace inserts provide efficient, clean-burning and reliable warmth for your home.
The Performer wood-burning fireplace insert from Lennox can meet your home heating needs. Available with two door styles, five unique door finishes and a choice of glass styling options, this insert can fit your home and your décor.
The Performer fireplace inserts are the pinnacle of performance and efficiency. Designed to heat the moderately sized home, it provides exceptional warmth and unmatched beauty. A deep firebox accepts large logs for easy fueling and maintenance and a functional cooktop is readily available. And to add your distinctive style, the Performer can be customized with options for perfect, personalized appearance.
Contact Custom Insulation Company for more information.
25 October 2011
Gas stoves are a perfect alternative to a wood fire for many reasons. Gas stoves are more economical than heating your home with oil, oil heat is almost twice as expensive as natural gas.
But gas heating stoves are also much more convenient and easy to use. With the flick of a switch, and the convenience of a remote control, you can light the fire. No wood, no hauling, no balling paper, but you still get the relaxing ambiance of a roaring flame.
More and more homeowners are looking at adding gas stoves to their homes. Stoves have traditionally been thought of as wood burning but more and more homeowners are using gas to fuel their fires. Gas stoves are a beautiful and simple alternative to the wood burning stove. Contact Custom Insulation for more information on a gas stove for your home.
19 October 2011
If you need new gutters, now is the time to take care of that in the Worcester, MA area. But don’t just replace your gutters, get seamless aluminum gutters with baked on enamel and make your home beautiful.
Fall in Massachusetts can be beautiful. But the leaves can be challenging when they clog up your gutter. The WaterFall Gutter Guard System as a way to protect your seamless gutters from debris and the need to clean your gutters.
Seamless aluminum gutters are more effective. We have had a lot of heavy rain which pours off your roof. The damaged caused by this excess water can ruin your fascia, soffit, foundation, landscaping and cause basement flooding. Seamless gutters can stop this, and seamless gutters with gutter guards can really lessen the maintenance needs on the outside of your home.
Contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc. for more information on our seamless gutters and gutter guard systems.
14 October 2011
There are many home owners who want a fire, but the hassle of stacking fire wood, lighting a fire, and then keeping is lit is too much for many. Fortunately for them, pellet stoves came along. A pellet stove is very effective and practical, it is also the perfect addition when you want to cut down on your heating expenses.
Pellet stoves look like wood burning stoves. But that is where the commonalities end. Pellet stoves are far more efficient and secure so are becoming increasingly popular.
What sets pellet stoves apart from an ordinary fireplace is the fact that it uses convection technology to heat up living space.
Basically, it draws cool air from the room into the firebox. This helps make the fire even hotter and that heated air is sent out into the room. But the outside of a pellet stove never becomes hot, which is perfect for families with kids or pets.
Pellet stoves also have a thermostat which is perfect for use during the night. You can program the thermostat so that the pellet stove operates at the lowest speed. You will use minimal pellets, stay warm and the stove will operate at its most efficient.
Interested in a pellet stove for your home? Have questions? Contact Custom Insulation Company.
4 October 2011
Gas and wood fireplaces and gas and wood fireplace inserts are a great and easy addition to any home. And the benefits are many.
By keeping the heat in your home rather than sending it up the chimney, a fireplace or fireplace insert provides soothing warmth. You deserve a nice relaxing fire when you get home from work and a fireplace insert will give you just that.
What’s more? When you decide to sell your home, you’ll find that a working fireplace or fireplace insert adds value. Home buyers today love a working fire.
The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association sites that adding a fireplace can add up to 10.8% to a home’s total value and the National Association of Home Builders lists a fireplace as one of the twelve factors that greatly impacts the value of a standard home.
Adding a fireplace insert to your home is not as hard as it sounds. At Custom Insulation, we can show fireplace inserts by Lennox are the very best in gas and wood burning fireplaces. Regardless of your décor or your heating needs – there is a fireplace from Lennox that will fit your home perfectly.
So you don’t have a chimney? No problem. Where do you want your new fireplace? As long as it is on an outside wall, we can vent it.
Contact Custom Insulation for assistance in viewing fireplaces and fireplace inserts for your home.
27 September 2011
Did you know that for the 2011 and 2012 winter in Massachusetts they are already predicting higher than normal snow fall? Do you remember last winter? Add a pellet stove to your home before the start of winter for many reasons but mainly…warmth!
Lennox 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.
The Winslow pellet stove delivers inviting and reliable heat in an attractive style that can be customized to complement any home. Convenient features, ease of use and service are designed right into the stove. And with Smart Heat technology, an ideal room temperature can be set for consistent comfort. Plus, with a large variety of design features, the Winslow pellet stove can be personalized to reflect every style and taste.
The Montage pellet stove is truly designed for modern times. With four distinct trim kits, this pellet stove can be customized to fit nearly any decor. Because the large hopper and automatic feed system erases the need for steady fire maintenance, using the pellet stove is easy, convenient and economical. In fact, the Montage effectively burns standard-grade fuel, saving expense while delivering dependable, low-maintenance heat. This stove is the ultimate in modern comfort— beauty, efficiency and above all performance.
Contact Custom Insulation Company for more information on the purchase and installation of Lennox Pellet Stoves.
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