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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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