Attic Insulation Options: Good, Better and Best

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky,…

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keep your home comfortable. To help you choose the best attic insulation option for your new home, we’ve rated three popular methods:

Good: Blown-in Fiberglass
Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation to a new attic is a quick and easy way to increase R-value. This basic method of attic insulation is a cost effective option.

Better: Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing
Insulating and sealing air leaks dramatically improve the energy efficiency of a new home. The first step is to seal penetration points around the attic floor. After air sealing is complete, a blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value.

Best: Spray Foam Insulation
Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new home provides optimal energy protection. Spray foam is installed along the roofline to create a thermal barrier along the attic ceiling and seal any air leaks. This application provides the best energy benefits available in one easy step.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering which insulation method is right for your new home project? Have questions on one of the methods or other insulation options for a new home? Contact our office today!

Five Ways to Beat Cold Temps Now

Whether you are ready to admit it or not, winter is right around the corner. Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare for cold weather.

Whether you are ready to admit it or not, winter is right around the corner. Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare for cold weather. It also can mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Stay ahead of the curve and get to work on these five tasks:

  1. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
    Unlike your cooling system, your furnace doesn’t get a break all winter. Your heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before cold weather is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Seal Air Leaks
    Your home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. Sealing air leaks in your attic helps keep conditioned air in your home and energy bills low. Take it a step further and air seal around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other penetrations in the building envelope.
  3. Upgrade Your Insulation
    Insulation provides a thermal layer to help keep energy in your home. Once attic air leaks are sealed, add a fresh blanket of insulation to provide additional energy savings. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost effective way to save money on energy bills.
  4. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and your lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    Reversing your ceiling fans takes minutes to do, but is often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fans creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: Dust your fan blades before reversing the direction!

If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!

 

 

 

Delmarva Insulation Participates in 2018 Builders Blitz!

There are few things more rewarding than coming together with local organizations to make our community a better place.

Delmarva Insulation Participates in 2018 Builders Blitz in Delaware

There are few things more rewarding than coming together with local organizations to make our community a better place. Getting the job done in four days makes it fun!

From May 29th to June 1st, Delmarva Insulation partnered with Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Lessard Builders and other area businesses as part of the 2018 Builders Blitz. Through the combined efforts of all participating contractor partners a five bedroom, two and a half bath home was finished in only four days! This was an incredible undertaking, requiring tight coordination by all partners. At one point over 100 people were working on the site at one time!

Thank you to Lessard Builders for being a major force in this effort, along with the commitment of each contractor partner. For more about this project or to support Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes

It is well known that our area of the country has been facing cold temperatures! We have been inundated with phone calls…

It is well known that our area of the country has been facing cold temperatures! We have been inundated with phone calls from builders and homeowners who are dealing with frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are an inconvenience and can cause serious damage. When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, water volume in the pipe can expand up to 10%. This causes increased pressure on water pipes and valves, and can cause pipes to burst.

It is important to protect pipes from exposure to cold temperatures. Here are three ways to protect pipes from freezing:

  1. Add insulation to walls that are affected by water pipes. This can include the addition of dense packed fiberglass, spray foam or injection foam insulation to external walls.
  2. Cover exposed pipes in attics or crawl spaces. Foam insulation can protect water pipes from cold temperatures, and it is water resistant which makes it ideal for use on water pipes.
  3. Seal gaps around basement rim joists or seal your crawl space. This will assist in keeping cold air away from pipes. It will also help the main floor of your home retain an ambient temperature.

If your home has frozen water pipes or you want to prevent future damage, contact our office to schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend area since Hurricane Carla in September 1961. The flooding resulting from Harvey’s flooding is one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. It’s estimated the storm damage will amount to billions of dollars.

Even though Hurricane Harvey is off the front page of daily news, there’s no doubt the impact of this storm is far from over. The real heavy lifting of recovery and reconstruction is underway, and will continue for quite some time.

With many connections to the Houston area, the founders of Delmarva Insulation and its affiliated companies have been moved to assist. To this end, Delmarva Insulation along with Delmarva Spray Foam, DeVere Insulation, DeVere Insulation Home Performance, Foam InSEALators, Liberty Insulation, Southland Insulators and The Fifth Fuel have donated $28,000 to help with recovery efforts.

Bob and Carolyn DeVere along with Jerry and Nancy Palmer have selected two Texas charities to receive these funds – Samaritan’s Purse and Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries. Each organization received $14,000 to aid in their mission of helping local families recover from this tragedy.

We are proud to support our local communities and support others during times of tragedy. If you are moved, we encourage you to donate to one of these Houston-based organizations to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.