Monday, April 27, 2015
DeVere Insulation Sponsors The Great Give

DeVere Insulation Sponsors The Great Give

DeVere Insulation is proud to have been a sponsor of The 2015 Great Give in support of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

The Great Give is a 24-hour virtual fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) to raise awareness and money for local non-profit organizations in Anne Arundel County. To date, the event has raised over $1.1 million for AAC non-profit organizations. This year was the first time AACPS participated in the Great Give.

Money raised during the Great Give will be divided evenly among each AACPS cluster to be used to support the following strategic initiatives:

  1. Early Literacy—classroom materials and resources to promote early literacy from Birth to 2nd Grade.
  2. Technology in the Classroom—tablets and devices to support and enhance instruction.
  3. Summer & Co-Curricular Enhancements—funding to defray the cost of before, during, and after school activities and provide scholarships for students to attend summer programs.
  4. Support for College & Career Readiness—events and opportunities to prepare students for college and careers;
  5. Family & Community Engagement—events and activities to engage and inform families and communities about the work going on in the school so that they can better support their children.

Find more about The Great Give on Twitter (#GreatGiveAACPS).

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl spaces under homes can create enormous headaches for homeowners. A crawl space is susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Because the soil has high humidity, a crawl space naturally becomes damp, as the crawl space is in direct contact with the soil. Damp environments are unhealthy, harboring mold and creating an ideal living space for pests.

Think this damp space is isolated and doesn’t affect the interior of your home? Think again. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

By properly air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space, you win in many ways:

  • you create a more comfortable and more healthy living environment for you and your family
  • save on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home due to natural air flow
  • create additional storage space for your home by creating a clean and dry space beneath your home

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Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation

Attics are important for energy efficiency – 70% of energy loss happens through a poorly insulated attic. Energy efficiency is about more than insulation. An efficient attic includes air sealing. According to the Department of Energy, having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor can save up to 20% on heating & cooling costs.

To upgrade insulation in existing homes, loose fill insulation is blown over existing insulation using one of the following products:
  • Blow-in fiberglass insulation which provides excellent coverage in open attics.
  • Cellulose insulation which is made from recycled newspapers. 

Both applications add R-value to existing insulation and create a fresh new blanket of energy-saving protection.

Have a newer home and don’t think your home needs more insulation? It probably does. As building codes increase, nearly all homes need more insulation to ensure they are meeting current standards.   

Upgrading insulation is just one part of increasing attic efficiency. Air sealing prevents airflow between a home and the attic, keeping heated and cooled air inside the home by closing the gaps that leak air. Beyond leaks that can be easily spotted, your home may have many other holes in its envelope that can’t be easily seen. These air leaks are found around light boxes, plumbing stacks, soffit drops, basement box sills and more. 

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Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass is the most widely used home insulator, and is also used to reduce noise transfer from room to room.  Fiberglass insulation can be used as blown in insulation, attic insulation, wall insulation and virtually any other home insulation application.

Fiberglass insulation is composed primarily of natural ingredients such as sand and recycled glass. Upgrading your home's insulation with fiberglass insulation reduces energy costs, improves the comfort of your home, and has a low initial cost compared to other types of insulation.

Fiberglass comes in both batt insulation and blown in insulation.
  • Fiberglass Batt Insulation
    • Fiberglass batt insulation is the type of insulation most people think of for insulation. In our region Kraft faced batts are typically used – this type of batt insulation includes a standard paper backing that reduces vapor transmission.
  • Blow-in Fiberglass Insulation
    • Blow-in fiberglass insulation is commonly used to reinsulate existing homes. It can be blown into attics and into wall cavities both in new construction and existing homes.

Adding blown fiberglass insulation to your attic or enclosed exterior walls is a cost effective way to add R-value to your home, protecting it from the loss of conditioned air while improving overall comfort and energy efficiency.

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