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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Want an Efflicient Home? Manage Airflow.

Want an Efflicient Home? Manage Airflow.

Looking to build (or own) a home that is efficient and comfortable? The key is airflow, and we have building science to thank.

Airflow is a key component of the study of building science. When a building has improper airflow, it can impact both the building and it’s residents. Improper airflow can result in a variety of problems including mold growth, energy loss, and can encourage the infiltration and spread of pollutants. When airflow is properly managed each of these can be reduced, and the home’s HVAC system can operate more efficiently.

There are two common types of building airflow. Uncontrolled airflow is the type many people are familiar with. Years ago, uncontrolled airflow was also known as having a “leaky” home. Uncontrolled airflow is when air enters and leaves the home in a random fashion. This type of airflow doesn’t work in conjunction with the HVAC system, which can impact both energy use and home comfort.

On the other type is controlled airflow. This is when airflow is managed in a way that works with the home’s HVAC system. Sealing air leaks and adding mechanical ventilation allows airflow to be controlled to create a comfortable and efficient home environment.

Have questions about your home’s ventilation and overall energy efficiency? Contact our office to speak with one of our insulation professionals.

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Energy Saving Projects for Spring

Energy Saving Projects for Spring

Spring weather is the perfect time to start saving money on energy bills. Don’t let comfortable temps fool you – the heat of summer isn’t far away and a cold winter is sure to follow. Here are five ways to help keep your energy bills in line this summer, and throughout the year.
  1. TUNE UP YOUR HVAC SYSTEM. A home’s HVAC gets a lot of use – it runs all winter to heat your home and often during the summer to combat heat and humidity. Call your local HVAC contractor and schedule a tune up.
  2. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT. Setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting during the day when your family is at work or school can save roughly ten percent on annual energy bills. If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, visit your local hardware store and pick one up.
  3. CHECK YOUR CEILING FANS. It’s easy to forget to reverse ceiling fans when the seasons change. During summer, reversing your ceiling fans can help properly draw cool air throughout the home and create a slight breeze to make your home comfortable.
  4. AIR SEAL. Air sealing your home keeps cooled air inside during summer and helps keep summer air pollutants like dust and pollen out of your home. Once air leaks are sealed this pays off year-round by keeping warm air inside during winter. It’s best to have air sealing done by a qualified contractor.
  5. UPGRADE ATTIC INSULATION. Most homes lack adequate insulation. As building codes change and require higher levels of energy efficiency, even newer homes can benefit from adding insulation. Blowing a fresh layer of insulation over your existing insulation is an easy and cost-effective way to reduce energy bills.
Don’t let another year of high energy bills take extra money out of your wallet. Contact our office with questions on these tips or to schedule a free insulating and air sealing estimate.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Why Spray Foam?

Why Spray Foam?

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of spray foam insulation, we’re here to help! Like other insulation products such as fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation reduces heat transfer between spaces in a home. Spray foam insulation also seals air leaks.

Why does this matter?
Air leaks exist throughout a home, whether you see them or not. Air leaks are often found around recessed lights (can lights), plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches/doors, around chimneys and more. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air (read: heated or cooled air) inside your home. When these are sealed conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays in your home. This results in your HVAC system working less, which keeps money in your pocket.

Sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation to your home can increase your indoor air quality. Air leakage is not the same as ventilation. Relying on a “leaky” house for air exchange isn’t an efficient or effective way to manage indoor air quality or keep energy bills under control. Sealing these leaks and properly ventilating creates healthier indoor air, a more comfortable home and reduces energy bills.

Contact our team for a spray foam estimate on your next insulation project.

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Why To Air Seal Your New Home Today!

Why To Air Seal Your New Home Today!

It’s the time of year when builders and homeowners are finalizing new home construction and remodeling plans. How much of a priority is air sealing and energy efficiency when planning your new home or remodeling project?

Investing in air sealing and other energy efficiency measures has huge payoff for homeowners and builders.

  • Increased comfort. Owning a home is one of the biggest investments an individual can make. With this level of financial commitment, homeowners are keenly aware of “problems” with their home – temperature inconsistencies, mechanical performance, etc. – that can affect comfort or create concerns about the home. Sealing air leaks helps increases comfort inside the home, creating peace of mind for the homeowner and a happier customer for the builder.
  • Improved indoor air quality. When a home is not air sealed, pollutants, moisture and pollen can enter through penetration points in the home’s envelope (points that naturally exist as part of the construction process). Sealing air leaks helps keep pollutants out of the home. This is especially important to homeowners who themselves have asthma or allergy issues, or have a family member who does.
  • Air sealing easiest during construction! While it is possible to seal air leaks in an existing home, it is much easier to seal air leaks during construction when walls and other cavities are open. Why put off air sealing when it can be done today?
  • Increased home value. Studies show energy efficient homes sell at a price premium – as much as 4% above the national average. This means a homeowner benefits from investments in air sealing and other energy upgrades at the time they sell, and a builder benefits from being positioned as a contractor builds energy efficient homes.
  • Tax credits and financing options. There is financial assistance available for energy efficient investments through tax credits or rebates, and through energy-efficient financing (including an energy efficient mortgage/EEM). Check with your lender for more information.

Interested in learning about air sealing your new home or remodeling project? Our team can recommend the right solution for your project. Contact our office today!

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Monday, December 19, 2016
Why You Should Hire a Certified Energy Expert

Why You Should Hire a Certified Energy Expert

Looking for a partner with extensive training in insulation and air sealing backed by one of the leaders in the insulation industry? Look no further!

DeVere Insulation is proud to be an Owens Corning Certified Energy Expert. The Certified Energy Expert distinction is extended to a very select group of insulation companies. As a contractor, hiring a Certified Energy Expert ensures you are receiving the best technical knowledge, service and warranty available in the industry.

Why choose a Certified Energy Expert to insulate your next construction project?
As Certified Energy Experts, our team has completed rigorous training in a key areas including
  • building science
  • thermal performance
  • moisture prevention
  • air infiltration
  • ventilation

Certified Energy Experts are chosen in part due to their solid reputation as a reliable and trustworthy company. This includes high customer ratings of office operations and field workmanship.

Want to learn more about the Certified Energy Expert warranty and get a quote on your project? Click here to Contact Us.

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