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Monday, December 18, 2017
DeVere Insulation Supports The Franciscan Center

DeVere Insulation Supports The Franciscan Center

Each holiday season the DeVere Insulation team, managers and founders rally support around a charitable community organization. These organizations have included Toys for Tots, a local animal shelter and more. This year our support went to The Franciscan Center.

The Franciscan Center began serving the people of Baltimore in 1891 by feeding the hungry and caring for orphans. Over the years their efforts have grown along with their location. Today they offer a range of care for Baltimore’s homeless and needy including food, clothing, emergency health services, counseling and more.

DeVere Insulation team members and leaders donated dozens of items to The Holiday Giving Tree. The Holiday Giving Tree provides warm clothing, toiletries and other essential items to men, women and children who come to The Franciscan Center for help. DeVere Insulation founders Bob and Carolyn DeVere collected team donations at the company holiday gathering, which were delivered to The Franciscan Center the following day. These donations will serve to support those who rely on The Franciscan Center during the holiday season.

Not only was this event a great experience for the entire DeVere team, company leaders are thrilled that their team commits so fully to helping others. “[It makes us all] so happy to make others happy! That’s what it’s all about!” stated Carolyn DeVere.

For more information about The Franciscan Center visit fcbmore.org.

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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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Monday, June 26, 2017
Why Indoor Air Quality Matters and How to Improve It.

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters and How to Improve It.

Did you know that the air inside your home may have the biggest impact on your health? When we think of air quality, we most often think of outdoor air. Indoor air may have an even bigger impact. One estimate indicates the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home (via The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USEPA).

Many things can affect indoor air quality. This can include the materials used in furniture manufacturing, building products in your home, the items you use for home cleaning, and more. Here are some ways you can improve you home’s air quality:

Air sealing – keeping out external pollutants helps maintain your home’s indoor environment. When external pollutants are kept out, your indoor air can be properly tested and maintained. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.

Choose low-emitting cleaning products – look for cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. that are made with natural ingredients or are low-emitting products. This will remove/reduce one factor that impacts indoor air quality.

Ventilate your home – After your home is air sealed, having a proper mechanical ventilation system will help remove indoor air pollutants.

Contact our office to learn about how spray foam insulation can help keep out external pollutants, help maintain your home’s indoor air quality, and help reduce your energy bills. We are happy to provide a free estimate.

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Three Reasons to Air Seal with Spray Foam

Three Reasons to Air Seal with Spray Foam

When homeowners think of saving money on energy bills, they first think of upgrading their insulation. Insulation is critical to reduce heat transfer and save money on energy bills! Did you know that sealing air leaks is as important as insulating?

Air sealing involves sealing penetration points around the exterior of the home (also known as the envelop or "shell" of the home). This includes sealing gaps and air leaks in exterior walls (around outlet covers, etc.), windows, doors, etc.

Here are just some of the benefits of air sealing:
  • Improved indoor air quality by helping to keep allergens and pests out of the home. Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building.
  • Reduced energy bills by keeping conditioned air (heated or cooled air) inside the home. Air sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and make your home more comfortable. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.
  • Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system. By keeping conditioned air in your home, your HVAC system runs less often which reduces wear and tear on the system. This will help extend the life of your HVAC system.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator), and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

Interested in air sealing your home by adding spray foam insulation? Contact us to learn more.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Want an Efficient Home? Manage Airflow.

Want an Efficient Home? Manage Airflow.

Looking to build (or own) a home that is efficient and comfortable? The key is airflow, and we have building science to thank.

Airflow is a key component of the study of building science. When a building has improper airflow, it can impact both the building and it’s residents. Improper airflow can result in a variety of problems including mold growth, energy loss, and can encourage the infiltration and spread of pollutants. When airflow is properly managed each of these can be reduced, and the home’s HVAC system can operate more efficiently.

There are two common types of building airflow. Uncontrolled airflow is the type many people are familiar with. Years ago, uncontrolled airflow was also known as having a “leaky” home. Uncontrolled airflow is when air enters and leaves the home in a random fashion. This type of airflow doesn’t work in conjunction with the HVAC system, which can impact both energy use and home comfort.

On the other type is controlled airflow. This is when airflow is managed in a way that works with the home’s HVAC system. Sealing air leaks and adding mechanical ventilation allows airflow to be controlled to create a comfortable and efficient home environment.

Have questions about your home’s ventilation and overall energy efficiency? Contact our office to speak with one of our insulation professionals.

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Energy Saving Projects for Spring

Energy Saving Projects for Spring

Spring weather is the perfect time to start saving money on energy bills. Don’t let comfortable temps fool you – the heat of summer isn’t far away and a cold winter is sure to follow. Here are five ways to help keep your energy bills in line this summer, and throughout the year:
  1. TUNE UP YOUR HVAC SYSTEM. A home’s HVAC gets a lot of use – it runs all winter to heat your home and often during the summer to combat heat and humidity. Call your local HVAC contractor and schedule a tune up.
  2. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT. Setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting during the day when your family is at work or school can save roughly 10 percent on annual energy bills. If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, visit your local hardware store and pick one up.
  3. CHECK YOUR CEILING FANS. It’s easy to forget to reverse ceiling fans when the seasons change. During summer, reversing your ceiling fans can help properly draw cool air throughout the home and create a slight breeze to make your home comfortable.
  4. AIR SEAL. Air sealing your home keeps cooled air inside during summer and helps keep summer air pollutants like dust and pollen out of your home. Once air leaks are sealed this pays off year-round by keeping warm air inside during winter. It’s best to have air sealing done by a qualified contractor.
  5. UPGRADE ATTIC INSULATION. Most homes lack adequate insulation. As building codes change and require higher levels of energy efficiency, even newer homes can benefit from adding insulation. Blowing a fresh layer of insulation over your existing insulation is an easy and cost-effective way to reduce energy bills.
Don’t let another year of high energy bills take extra money out of your wallet. Contact our office with questions on these tips or to schedule a free insulating and air sealing estimate.

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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 increase 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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