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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Why New Home Builders Should Upgrade Basement Insulation

Why New Home Builders Should Upgrade Basement Insulation

When insulating a new home, builders think first about attic insulation and wall insulation. Basements are an important area of the home that is often overlooked for insulation, including basement box sills and rim joists.

Basement box sills and rim joists are a significant source of energy loss. These areas are some of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allow outside air to easily leak into the basement. This makes the basement unnecessarily cold and can impact the temperature of the floors in the home’s main level.

Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home around the basement perimeter, it is also a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into a home through penetrations around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

When recommending insulation for basement box sills and rim joists, spray foam is at the top of the list. Spray foam adds R-value and seals air leaks to keep out outside air and pests. It also helps keep additional moisture out of the basement, an area already prone to damp conditions.

Insulating and air sealing basement rim joists and box sills will keep your clients and their entire home more comfortable. Ask your DeVere Insulation representative about spray foam insulation for basement box sills for your next new home construction project.

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Three Fiberglass Applications You Don't Know About

Three Fiberglass Applications You Don't Know About

When most people think of insulation, the first thing that comes to mind is fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation is the most widely used type of insulation, used to insulate attics, walls and more in new construction and existing homes. There are many ways fiberglass insulation can be installed today that makes this legacy insulator more effective than ever before, and may give you a new perspective on this product:

  • Fiberglass with Air Sealing – While fiberglass is a cost effective insulator, its woven fibers do not inherently prevent air from escaping through penetration points throughout a structure. Combining fiberglass insulation with air sealing prevents air infiltration and loss of conditioned inside air. ENERGY STAR states sealing air leaks and insulating can save a homeowner on their energy bills.
  • Blown-in Wall System – In new home construction, many contractors choose to install fiberglass batt insulation in wall cavities. The blown-in wall system takes wall insulation a step further. With this system, loose-fill fiberglass insulation is densely packed into the wall cavity behind a layer of plastic. This fully fills the wall cavity and reduces air gaps that naturally occur around batts. Many contractors take this system one step further by air sealing the wall cavity before installing insulation to increase energy efficiency even more.
  • Flash and Batt – The flash and batt system combines the best of fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation in one application. A flash and batt system (also known as a hybrid system) combines spray foam’s air sealing properties and the insulating benefits of fiberglass at a lower price point than installing full spray foam. During installation one inch of closed cell spray foam insulation is applied. Once in place, a fiberglass batt is placed over the top of the foam. This is a great option to achieve high performance at a budget-friendly price.

Fiberglass insulation provides many cost-effective insulation options for today’s builder and homeowner. Contact our office to learn more about these options and schedule a free estimate.

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Five Steps to Save Money and Energy

Five Steps to Save Money and Energy

Energy efficiency is important year round. As cool fall temperatures move in and winter isn't far behind, energy efficiency becomes top of mind for many homeowners. Here are a few steps to take to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient this year:
  • 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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Friday, August 25, 2017
Honored to Celebrate 30 Years

Honored to Celebrate 30 Years

The DeVere Insulation team is honored to celebrate 30 years of serving builders and homeowners throughout Maryland and the surrounding areas.

When we opened our doors in 1987, our goal was to be one of the best insulation contractors in the Baltimore area. Little did we know we would grow to Maryland’s largest independent insulation contractor.  We are proud to provide insulation, air sealing and energy solutions to customers of all sizes – from residential homeowners and builders to large commercial contractors. We are proud to give back to our community through supporting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Harvest House, and more.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our community for 30 years. We are grateful and look forward to serving you for the next 30 years.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Remodeling? Now is a Great Time to Insulate!

Remodeling? Now is a Great Time to Insulate!

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Are you considering remodeling your home? Are you in the middle of a remodeling project? This is a great time to consider upgrading your insulation.

During a remodeling project, your home’s primary insulating areas are open. This is a great time to upgrade insulation while attic roofs and wall studs are open and exposed.

Areas such as walls, ceilings and other areas that are normally closed off and more difficult to insulate become fully accessible during a remodel. This gives a contractor more insulating options and you can benefit from upgraded insulation solutions. These upgraded insulation solutions include:

Spray Foam Insulationspray foam insulation is one product that insulates and seals air leaks in one step. When applied, spray foam expands to fill a cavity (similar to how shaving cream expands when dispensed from a can). This property allows spray foam to seal air leaks as it naturally expands and fills a cavity and any penetration points within.

Hybrid Insulation – A hybrid insulation system combines the air sealing benefits of spray foam insulation with the lower price point of fiberglass insulation. In a hybrid system, an open cavity is sprayed with a layer of foam insulation to seal air leaks. In the next step, fiberglass batt insulation is installed to add R-value without filling the cavity with spray foam.

If you are ready to remodel your home or currently remodeling, contact our office. Our insulation experts can answer any questions about insulating your remodeling project and review the remainder of your home for possible insulation upgrades.

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