Last updated 2 days 6 hours ago
Every summer homeowners across the country brace themselves for higher temperatures and higher energy costs. By making the right upgrades to your home, however, you can improve energy efficiency and reduce costs without compromising comfort. Here are some home upgrades that can lower your energy costs.
Whole Home Air Sealing
In order to maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency, it is critical to prevent air from escaping your home. When cool air escapes from your home during the summer, for example, your air conditioner is forced to work harder to keep your home comfortable. This leads to higher energy costs. During whole home air sealing, an insulation professional will check common entry and exit points including windows, exterior doors, and exterior gaps for air leaks, among others. Investing in whole home air sealing can save you up to 20% on your home heating and cooling bills.
Spray Foam Insulation
Insulation has gone through significant advances in recent years. Increased awareness about the dangers posed by older insulation materials, for example, has led to research into safer, more effective insulation. Spray foam is a great example of a safer insulation material that can also improve your home’s energy efficiency. Spray foam, or spray polyurethane foam, is a spray-applied insulation material that begins as a liquid and then expands many times its original size. This makes it great at creating airtight seals in hard to reach places.
If you are tired of paying high cooling and heating costs, consider implementing one of the home upgrades described above. If you want to learn more about upgrades that can help reduce your energy costs and improve your quality of life, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914. We are an independent, locally owned business that prides itself on offering high-quality service and unbeatable customer service.
Last updated 9 days ago
Understanding the nature of heat flow is necessary if one wants to truly grasp the value of effective insulation. This is especially true during the summer when temperatures can rise quickly and, in the absence of effective insulation, affect your home’s interior climate. Here is some information about how insulation provides resistance to heat flow.
What is Heat Flow?
Heat flow refers specifically to the transfer of heat energy from a high temperature area to an area with a lower temperature. Heat transfer occurs in three different ways. Conductions occurs when two objects are in direct contact. For example, when you place a metal utensil on a hot plate, you can feel the utensil itself begin to heat up. Convection is mainly seen in gases and liquids and occurs when the heated portion expands and becomes less dense. It is then forced upward by the denser, cooler liquid or gas. Finally, if you want to understand heat transfer by radiation, look no further than the sun. The sun’s rays heating up an object is the perfect example of radiant energy turning into heat energy.
How Does Insulation Resist Heat Flow?
While some materials like metal conduct heat effectively, others such as fiberglass resist heat flow. The former are called conductors, while the latter are referred to as insulators. Insulation materials generally resist heat flow by slowing conductive heat flow and, in some cases, convective heat flow as well. Special accessories like reflective insulation systems can be implemented in order to reduce heat transfer through radiation. An insulation material’s ability to resist conductive heat flow is designated by its R-value. The higher the R-value of an insulation material, the better it is at resisting heat flow.
Understanding how insulation works can help you make the best decision when it comes to sealing your home. If you want to learn more about how insulation works, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 17 days ago
Cutting your energy consumption can help you save you money and do your part for the environment. A healthier community requires more than the action of just one individual, however.
In this video you will learn about how to help friends and family reduce energy consumption. By educating your friends and family about the benefits of energy efficiency, you will do more than just save them money. You will also help create a healthier environment because lower energy consumption means less harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
If you want to learn more about helping friends and family reduce energy consumption, watch the video provided above. To learn more about our insulation related services, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 25 days ago
Buying a new home can be an exciting time for you and your family. It is important, however, to make sure that you thoroughly inspect a home before you commit. The quality of the insulation in a home, for example, can have a dramatic impact on your utility costs and quality of life. Here is some information about the importance of home insulation inspection when buying a new home.
What is Insulation?
Insulation is a material that helps keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. It works by preventing heat transfer between your home and the outside air. A well-insulated home will have insulation in a wide variety of areas, but there are a few essential areas you should always check during an inspection. For example, the attic of a new home must be insulated properly. You should also check the ductwork and basement for insulation, as these areas are particularly susceptible to heat loss.
What Are the Benefits of Insulation?
When you are considering a new home, you have to take all of your costs into account. This includes utility costs from month to month. Without proper insulation, your heating and cooling costs could go through the roof. A properly insulated home, on the other hand, will keep your energy costs down by keeping your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter months.
Insulation comes in many different types and varieties, but its basic role remains the same: to keep your home comfortable and save you money. When choosing a new home, make sure to have a professional inspect it and ensure that it is properly insulated. If you want to learn more about the importance of insulation inspections when buying a new home, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.
Last updated 1 month ago
Navigating the various types of insulation can be difficult. Fortunately there are some metrics by which you can judge how effective an insulation product is. Like any other measurement, however, the R-value of a particular insulation material should always be taken with a grain of salt and evaluated in context of the insulation’s other qualities. The R-value measures an insulation material’s resistance to heat flow. This is important because resistance to heat flow is what allows an insulation material to keep your come comfortable and reduce energy costs. During the summer, for example, an insulation material with a high R-value will be more effective at keeping the hot air outside.
Understanding how to evaluate insulation materials can give you tools to make the best decision for your home. If you want to learn more about the R-value, call Accurate Insulation at (301) 358-0914.