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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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Thursday, November 10, 2016
How to Decrease Homeowner Callbacks

How to Decrease Homeowner Callbacks

Home comfort and energy efficiency go hand in hand. Although each homeowner (and resident in a home) can have personal preferences on comfort and different temperature sensitivities, the general rule applies: When a home is efficient, its residents are comfortable.

Why does comfort matter to builders? Ask any builder and they know the answer. The more comfortable a home is, the fewer calls backs builders receive from homeowners. Callbacks can have a dramatic affect on a builder’s bottom line and the reputation that builder has in the community.

It’s understood that both comfort and efficiency are a result of quality construction. Even with that in mind, builders continue to manage comfort calls from homeowners. How can you reduce comfort calls? Consider these steps:

  • Understand building science. Many callbacks begin long before the home is occupied. A proper understanding of building science and the home as an energy system during the design phase should drive the design/build process. By getting things right on the front end, you can save time, money and headache on the back end.
  • Choose the right subcontractors. Just because you are committed to implementing strong building science practices doesn’t mean your subcontractors are. Without the right subcontractors, your goal may not be achieved. Take a look at your subs. Are they properly trained on building science? (DeVere Insulation is up to date on today’s building science.)
  • Insulate and Air Seal. The building envelope is the most important part of an energy-efficient home. A sound investment; air sealing and insulating will create a more comfortable interior for residents and decrease builder callbacks. When properly done, air sealing and insulating will last for the lifetime of the home. We recommend builders follow RESNET Grade One Installation practices.
  • Choose proper HVAC. When the home’s envelope is properly insulated and air sealed, a smaller HVAC system will do. In fact, an oversized HVAC system or improper ductwork can dramatically impact airflow and resident comfort. By simply reducing the amount of conditioned air needed through a tight building envelope, a homeowner can save money and be more comfortable. Pretty simple.
  • Ongoing evaluation. There are many pieces involved in the construction process. To ensure a home is maintaining a high level of energy efficiency, it’s important to perform blower door and other diagnostic tests throughout the construction process. When evaluating your subcontractor team, be sure it includes a qualified HERS rater. And be sure they are involved throughout the building process.

Installing good quality insulation with proper techniques is the single best way to build a high-performing home. Proper installation and testing will result in a more efficient home, more comfortable homeowners and fewer callbacks.

Have questions about building science and insulation? Contact us. We’re happy to help.

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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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