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Monday, October 17, 2016
Why Air Seal?

Why Air Seal?

Building science and sealing air leaks are newer concepts in the insulation industry. Did you know that sealing air leaks is as important as insulating?
Here are just some of the benefits of air sealing:
  • eliminate allergies,
  • stop energy loss, 
  • keep your home cool.

How does air sealing work?
Sealing the "envelope" or "shell" of your home - its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors - is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. ENERGY STAR estimates that a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill) by sealing and insulating. To Seal and Insulate with ENERGY STAR:
  • Seal air leaks throughout the home to stop drafts,
  • Add insulation to block heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.

Where are air leaks?
Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel – like those around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. Sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping will have a great impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills. 

Contact us to learn about the benefits of Air Sealing, or call us: 410-317-4342.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
The Best Solution for Insulating your Metal Building: RetroShield

The Best Solution for Insulating your Metal Building: RetroShield

Attention metal construction contractors! METALCON – the premier event for metal construction products – is coming to Baltimore! The event is October 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

We’ll be there along with our supplier partner FiFoil, talking about insulation technologies for metal buildings including RetroShield.

RetroShield is designed to retrofit insulation in existing metal buildings and upgrade insulation systems in new metal buildings.

RetroShield reduces radiant heat transfer by over 90%, and provides a more appealing finish than other comparable insulation systems.

What makes RetroShield the right product for your next project? RetroShield:
  • Improves thermal performance, saving energy and reducing monthly operating costs.
  • Is quick and easy to install, reducing down time for you, the building owner.
  • Works with all types of metal framing.
  • Does not absorb moisture like standard mass insulation
  • Provides a more attractive finished appearance than other commercial insulation systems (available in white or reflective finishes. Custom colors available.)
The system is mechanically attached to the building’s frame without glue or cables. It doesn’t require additional framing or other alterations to complete the installation process. This installation system helps ensure long-term stability and product performance.

RetroShield® offers maximum energy efficiency for any roof or wall retrofit application. When installed, the RetroShield® System offers continuous insulation, minimizing air leaks. It can be back-loaded with additional insulation for specific thermal performance or R-value requirements.

For more about RetroShield® click here to download the brochure, or visit us live at METALCON!

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Fall Energy-Saving Tips

Fall Energy-Saving Tips

When fall arrives and temperatures begin to cool off, many homeowners begin thinking of getting ready for winter. Energy efficiency is important all year – and colder temps certainly make this a priority for many homeowners. Here are a few things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
  • Upgrade Your Insulation
    When temperatures drop outside, you can stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by upgrading your insulation now. And don’t forget about air sealing your attic, too!
  • Air Seal
    Air sealing around windows and door frames can help prevent heat from escaping. Sealing these openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs you can do – and it’s an easy DIY project! Air sealing your attic is an important energy upgrade – we can help by air sealing and upgrading your insulation at the same time.
  • Service Your Heating System
    Your HVAC system gets a real workout during winter – it doesn’t get a break the entire season. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Be sure it’s ready to go this year - check the pilot light, vacuum excess dust, and change the filter. Servicing your system now will help make it through any unexpected cold snap.
  • Inspect Your Roof
    Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. Look for trouble spots now instead of in a few months when ice, rain, snow, and wind create even more problems.
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
    This is so easy – and so many homeowners forget to do this! Changing the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft redistributes warm air from the ceiling back down into your living area. Before you do this, dust the blades.

These few steps can help your energy bills and make your home more comfortable. Ready go get started? We can help. Call today for a free insulation estimate.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Come See Us at METALCON!

Come See Us at METALCON!

Attention metal construction contractors! METALCON – the premier event for metal construction products – is coming to Baltimore! The event is October 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

We’ll be there along with our supplier partner FiFoil, talking about insulation technologies for metal buildings. Be sure to come see us!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Why You Should Choose the Blown In Wall System

Why You Should Choose the Blown In Wall System

When it comes to insulating walls, most people think of fiberglass batt insulation. For years, fiberglass batt insulation was the only way to insulate walls. Today’s construction technology has many other options! One cost-effective and energy-efficient option is the blown in wall system.

The blown in wall system provides a high-efficiency energy blanket of insulation at a fraction of the cost of spray foam insulation. This system is installed in open cavities during the construction or remodeling process, and can be used in residential or commercial buildings. The blown in wall system gives homes a seamless, thermally efficient blanket of insulation that completely fills any void in the wall cavity.

Here’s how it works:
  • Fabric mesh is installed across the open wall cavity. It is tacked to each stud in the wall assembly.
  • Loose-fill fiberglass insulation is blown behind the fabric mesh. It is installed at a density that fills all voids in the wall cavity.
  • The penetrations in the mesh are sealed to hold the product in place.

There are many benefits to installing the blown in wall system in your next project. The blown in wall system offers:
  • Higher r-values than traditional fiberglass batt insulation, saving on heating and cooling expenses.
  • Reduced air infiltration. National laboratory tests have shown a 68% reduction in air infiltration when installing a blown in wall system over fiberglass batt insulation.
    • TAKE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ONE STEP FURTHER! Air seal each wall cavity prior to installing a blown in wall system to further increase efficiency!
  • Excellent sound control. Because loose fill fiberglass insulation completely fills the wall cavity, noise transfer is reduced.
  • Does not settle. Because the insulation is dense packed, there’s no chance of it setting and affecting r-value.

Interested in learning more about the blown in wall system? Call us with questions or to schedule a free estimate.

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