Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Four Easy Steps to Better Insulation

Four Easy Steps to Better Insulation

It happens so often that residents in newly constructed homes or who occupy commercial spaces pay higher-than-necessary energy bills. Lower bills means happier customers – why not take the extra steps to ensure your customers are happy?

Here are four easy steps to keep your customers happy and ensure insulation is properly installed the first time.

Damaged insulation can be a result of something serious like fire or water damage, or something that was never even realized like weather or critter damage. Disrupted insulation is often caused by other subcontractors who may go into the attic to make upgrades or repairs. They move the insulation out of the way (e.g. blow-in fiberglass) and fail to put it back in place, or trample fiberglass which considerably reduces its R-value. Be diligent: if work is done or changes are made to insulated spaces, call your insulation team back in to be sure the product is in proper condition.

Properly installing insulation is critical to ensure your customer gets the most from their investment. An insulation professional knows how to properly install insulating products. One product most often improperly installed is fiberglass batts. Many people believe they are qualified to install them, but many are misaligned leaving gaps which reduces its effectiveness. Specific problems we see are batts that are torn, patted down, not cut to fit around openings/pipes, not touching the surface they are supposed to insulate (attic floor, for instance), or missing all together. Hire a qualified insulation contractor to be sure your customer is getting the most out of their investment.

Most commonly seen in renovations or rehabs, many older homes simply don’t have insulation levels that meet today’s coded. Recommended insulation levels for our region are as follows:
    Ceilings: R-49
    Walls: R-21
    Floors: R-30
    Basement Wall: R-13
When considering these standards we always recommend paying special attention to not just meeting codes, but also optimizing energy efficiency. Air sealing the building envelope can have a very short payback time through lower energy bills.

Similar to insufficient insulation, we run into cases where areas that should have been insulated were neglected or overlooked. Common trouble spots include knee walls, dropped soffits, chimney chases and sealing around attic access doors. Each exposed area is an opportunity for conditioned air to escape. When planning insulation on a new home or other space, be sure to take these areas into consideration.

Have questions about a current or upcoming project? We have the answers. Contact us today.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Save Up To $500 By Adding Insulation to Your Home!

Save Up To $500 By Adding Insulation to Your Home!

Adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways a homeowner can save money on their annual energy bills! No matter the season, insulation helps to keep your heating or cooling bills in line. Thanks to the renewed energy tax credit, you can save both on your utility bill and your insulation investment!

Here is what you need to know to take advantage of the offer:

Have questions? Contact our office.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The V Factor

The V Factor

The “V” Factor: What You Need to Know About Ventilation in New Construction.

Ventilation is becoming an important topic is the world of energy efficient homebuilding (sometimes referred to as the “V” Factor). With the increase in green building and the tighter building envelopes that result, a new problem has emerged for builders. New buildings that are increasingly airtight can have poor indoor air quality.

Why the increase in air quality problems?
Older homes weren’t built as tightly as today’s standards and were ventilated by the wind or natural air leakage.  Let’s not forget that some older homes had no insulation or insulation made of natural materials. These older products did not include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), flame retardants or other additives commonly found in building products today, so ventilation wasn’t as much of an issue.

Today roughly 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The idea of an “airtight” house  – which might be energy efficient – may not provide proper ventilation ensure their health.

Today’s tight building envelopes require controlled mechanical ventilation to maintain optimal air quality. And it’s a part of energy efficiency that can be overlooked.

Which type of ventilation is best? There are a number of factors that ultimately influence which system is most appropriate. These include code requirements, the size of the building, combustion appliance type, and budget. Four common ventilation system options are especially suited to energy efficient homebuilding:

  • Exhaust Only — This common method uses a small exhaust fan placed in a kitchen or bathroom, which runs continuously or intermittently to exhaust stale air and moisture. These systems are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • Supply Only — In supply only ventilation systems, a fan brings in fresh air and stale air escapes through cracks and air-leakage sites in the home. These systems can include a filter to trap pollen and dust or a dehumidifier to control indoor humidity levels.
  • Balanced — A balanced system provides a much better ventilation solution because it includes separate fans that drive both inlet and exhaust air flow, which allows control of where the fresh air comes from and where it is delivered. Typical systems are designed to ventilate living rooms and bedrooms where people spend most of their time.
  • Balanced with Heat Recovery — These systems co-locate the usually separate fresh air and exhaust fans and an air-to-air heat exchanger so that the outgoing house air will precondition the incoming outdoor air. This system is ideal for colder climates.  

Have questions about the proper ventilation system for your home or commercial building? Contact us today.

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Monday, April 27, 2015
DeVere Insulation Sponsors The Great Give

DeVere Insulation Sponsors The Great Give

DeVere Insulation is proud to have been a sponsor of The 2015 Great Give in support of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

The Great Give is a 24-hour virtual fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) to raise awareness and money for local non-profit organizations in Anne Arundel County. To date, the event has raised over $1.1 million for AAC non-profit organizations. This year was the first time AACPS participated in the Great Give.

Money raised during the Great Give will be divided evenly among each AACPS cluster to be used to support the following strategic initiatives:

  1. Early Literacy—classroom materials and resources to promote early literacy from Birth to 2nd Grade.
  2. Technology in the Classroom—tablets and devices to support and enhance instruction.
  3. Summer & Co-Curricular Enhancements—funding to defray the cost of before, during, and after school activities and provide scholarships for students to attend summer programs.
  4. Support for College & Career Readiness—events and opportunities to prepare students for college and careers;
  5. Family & Community Engagement—events and activities to engage and inform families and communities about the work going on in the school so that they can better support their children.

Find more about The Great Give on Twitter (#GreatGiveAACPS).

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl spaces under homes can create enormous headaches for homeowners. A crawl space is susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Because the soil has high humidity, a crawl space naturally becomes damp, as the crawl space is in direct contact with the soil. Damp environments are unhealthy, harboring mold and creating an ideal living space for pests.

Think this damp space is isolated and doesn’t affect the interior of your home? Think again. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

By properly air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space, you win in many ways:
  • you create a more comfortable and more healthy living environment for you and your family
  • save on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home due to natural air flow
  • create additional storage space for your home by creating a clean and dry space beneath your home

Ready to clean eliminate your crawl space problems for good? Contact us for a free estimate.

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