Summer Energy Efficiency - Delmarva Insulation
Are you ready for summer and secretly worrying about your summer energy costs? Many homeowners experience higher than necessary energy bills during summer. Saving money on energy bills and keeping your home comfortable isn't as hard as you think. There are a few simple things you can do today to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.

Try some of these:
  1. USE THE GRILL. On the warmest days of summer, keep your kitchen and home cool by using an outdoor grill for your meals instead of the stove or oven. Not only will you reduce strain on your indoor HVAC system, you can turn any day into a backyard party!
  2. SWITCH ON THE CEILING FANS. Ceiling fans better circulate the cool air already blowing inside and the slight breeze keeps you cool too. Plus, using fans actually allows you to raise the temperature setting on your thermostat four degrees. This can help lower your electricity bills without sacrificing overall comfort. Bonus tip! Switch on your bathroom fans — they pull heat and humidity from your home which also improves comfort.
  3. SEAL AIR LEAKS. Low-cost caulk can be used to seal cracks, openings and other heat penetration points in your home. Air sealing keeps warm air out and conditioned air (air you’ve already paid to cool) inside your home. Need help or have a bigger job than you can handle? Contact us for a free estimate.
  4. MAINTAIN YOUR HVAC SYSTEM. Having your air conditioner serviced annually can help keep it running efficiently (and help prevent those mid-summer break downs). Check and replace your furnace filter regularly (which also helps keep your home clean), and don’t forget about your programmable thermostat! Setting your programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can save an estimated ten percent on your energy bills annually.
  5. SEAL DUCTS. Air loss through ducts can lead to high utility costs. Leaky ducts keep conditioned air from getting to desired rooms in your home, and they force your HVAC system to work harder. Leaky ducts account for nearly 30 percent of an HVAC system's energy consumption! Sealing those ducts can go a long way toward lowering your electricity bills.

Questioning high utility bills this summer? Give us a call for a free in-home estimate.
Insulation and Windows
When considering home energy upgrades, many homeowners look at two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment for your energy dollar. The more visible upgrade option, windows come to mind as a top energy upgrade priority.

Before you open your checkbook, we invite you to read below to learn more so you can make the best choice for your home.

Building shell
When considering the total square footage of your home’s shell (i.e. the walls, floor and roof), windows comprise a small portion of it. Your house will benefit from upgrading your home’s attic insulation (and even exterior wall insulation) rather than investing in windows.

Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. AND don’t forget about air sealing! Sealing air leaks in an attic further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around construction penetration points found around ducts, attics and more.

R-value
R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow (a key component of energy efficiency). The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Combine this with the natural heat flow of the home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost
When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Georgetown area is $4,732. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Georgetown area is $1,355.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.
A piggy bank with a house next to it
For the second year in a row, Remodeling Magazine ranked “adding attic insulation” as the top “bang for the buck” home improvement project. The report included the 29 top remodeling projects done in a home, ranking average cost against return on investment during resale.

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report shows adding attic insulation delivers over a 100% return on investment – the only home project that returns more than the project cost. The second-place return on investment project, replacing a front entry door, came in at just over 90% return on investment.

Visit Remodeling Magazine’s report for more information and to see how other projects rank.











thermometer in snow
It’s easy to overlook preparing your home for winter – but it can cost you in high energy bills, equipment malfunctions, home pest issues and more.

If you are looking for a reprieve in your energy bills, don’t expect one this year. In mid October, the Energy Information Administration predicted natural gas users will see a 22% climb in their heating bills this year over the 2015-2016 heating season. If you’ve been thinking of improving your home’s energy efficiency, now is the time. Here are steps to take today to get your home ready for winter.

  • Seal Air Leaks
    Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to reduce energy loss and keep energy bills lower during winter. A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Air leaks are found around doors and windows, penetration points in the attics (can lights, chimney chases, etc.).
  • Check and Upgrade Your Attic Insulation
    Many of today’s homes are under insulated when compared to today’s building codes. After sealing air leaks, adding a layer of blown-in fiberglass insulation to your attic space can further reduce your energy bills and help keep your home comfortable.
  • Seal and Insulate your Crawl Space
    Crawl spaces can cause a variety of headaches for homeowners. Because they crawl spaces have direct contact with the earth, they become damp. This is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew, and provides an ideal living space for pests.
  • Check Your Heating System
    Now is the time to schedule your routine inspection of your home’s heating system. By confirming it’s in good working order, you’ll know it’s working as efficiently as possible – and you’ll help avoid a mid-winter break down.
    And don’t forget to change your air filter! Changing it often throughout the year can help your system run more efficiently – and help reduce dust in your home.
  • Change your Light Bulbs
    Take a quick inventory of the bulbs throughout your home. Upgrading to LED bulbs can reduce your energy bills, especially during winter’s shorter days and lights are on more than any other time of year. The investment in LED bulbs will pay off quickly!

Interested in air sealing, upgrading your insulation or sealing your crawl space? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!




rake on leaves
Although energy efficiency is important all year, colder temps and the prospect of an uncomfortable home makes energy efficiency a priority for many homeowners. As fall temps move in and you are thinking about the energy efficiency of your home, check out these five areas of your home for any necessary upgrades.

  1. INSULATION
    Proper insulation levels can keep you warm and reduce your energy bills. 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! Air sealing your attic is an important energy upgrade.
  2. WINDOWS AND DOORS
    Sealing around windows and door frames can help prevent heat from escaping. Sealing around windows and doors is a very inexpensive project and easy to do!    
  3. HVAC SYSTEM
    Your HVAC system works all winter. When your heating system is properly maintained, it will run more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems. Servicing your system now will help make it through any unexpected cold snap.
  4. THE ROOF
    Make sure your roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and/or loose shingles. Addressing this spots now will help keep winter weather out of your home.
  5. CEILING FANS
    This is so easy – and so many homeowners forget to do this! Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft. This redistributes warm air from the ceiling back down into your living area (tip: before you do this, dust the blades).

Just these few areas of your home can increase your home’s comfort and decrease your energy bills. Ready to get started at the top of the list by upgrading your insulation? Contact us today for a free insulation estimate.




insulating attic
With any project, time is money. This statement is even truer when it comes to a commercial construction project. With the scale of a commercial project, each decision becomes even more important – including choosing the right insulation contractor.

Looking to hire a commercial insulator for your next project? Here are a few things to help ensure you’re making the right choice:
  • Check their experience. Commercial insulation is a specialty. It’s important to know the contractor has experience in commercial insulation. They should confidently answer questions about fire ratings, codes, etc.
  • Up to date on new technology. A savvy commercial insulation contractor will recommend new technologies for your project that can help improve performance, aesthetics and more. A professional commercial insulation contractor will be up to date on developments in their industry, and be able to recommend new products and install methods to make your project even better.
  • Insured and licensed. It goes without saying that an insulation contractor should hold the proper insurance and licensing to do commercial work. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Large installer base. Don’t wait until scheduling day to find out if your commercial insulation contractor has the bandwidth to complete your install in a timely fashion. Confirm your contractor and adequate number of installers available to handle your project when install day comes.
Delmarva Insulation has vast commercial insulation experience, is up to date on new commercial insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and has the bandwidth to complete your project in a timely fashion. To get an insulation estimate on your commercial project, contact our office.
man insulating walls
When it comes to insulating walls, most people think of fiberglass batt insulation. For years, fiberglass batt insulation was the only way to insulate walls. Today’s construction technology has many other options! One cost-effective and energy-efficient option is the blown in wall system.

The blown in wall system provides a high-efficiency energy blanket of insulation at a fraction of the cost of spray foam insulation. This system is installed in open cavities during the construction or remodeling process, and can be used in residential or commercial buildings. The blown in wall system gives homes a seamless, thermally efficient blanket of insulation that completely fills any void in the wall cavity.

Here’s how it works:
  • Fabric mesh is installed across the open wall cavity. It is tacked to each stud in the wall assembly.
  • Loose-fill fiberglass insulation is blown behind the fabric mesh. It is installed at a density that fills all voids in the wall cavity.
  • The penetrations in the mesh are sealed to hold the product in place.

There are many benefits to installing the blown in wall system in your next project. The blown in wall system offers:
  • Higher R-values than traditional fiberglass batt insulation, saving on heating and cooling expenses.
  • Reduced air infiltration. National laboratory tests have shown a 68% reduction in air infiltration when installing a blown in wall system over fiberglass batt insulation.
    • TAKE ENERGY EFFICIENCY ONE STEP FURTHER! Air seal each wall cavity prior to installing a blown in wall system to further increase efficiency!
  • Excellent sound control. Because loose fill fiberglass insulation completely fills the wall cavity, noise transfer is reduced.
  • Does not settle. Because the insulation is dense packed, there’s no chance of it setting and affecting r-value.

Interested in learning more about the blown in wall system? Call us with questions or to schedule a free estimate.





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