How to Get More Enjoyment from Your Bonus Room

Many homeowners have a bonus room over their garage that they rarely use. Why? The room is always too hot or too cold…

Many homeowners have a bonus room over their garage that they rarely use. Why? The room is always too hot or too cold because many builders do not insulate garage ceilings before installing drywall.

The solution is to improve your home’s envelope which is the air and thermal barrier to the outside. Your walls and insulation are part of the envelope. Your home is more comfortable with a stronger envelope and the room over your garage most likely has a low quality envelope when it comes to insulation.

The way to manage the temperature in a bonus room is to add “drill and fill” insulation under the floor of your bonus room between the floor joints. Drill and fill involves drilling small holes in your garage ceiling and dense packing fiberglass insulation between the drywall and the frame of the garage ceiling. When insulation is complete the pieces of drywall that were removed to install the insulation are replaced. If a garage is not finished with drywall, fiberglass batt insulation is installed in the garage ceiling.

If you want to enjoy your bonus room, call us today to discuss drill and fill insulation.

 

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.