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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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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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