Do You Need to Re-Insulate your Home when Remodeling your Kitchen or Bath?

Do You Need to Re-Insulate your Home when Remodeling your Kitchen or Bath?

You’ve done it – you’ve finally remodeled your home to feature your dream kitchen with striking countertops that have so much storage, your grandmother would be jealous, beautiful floors that don’t need to be swept every 10 seconds, and cabinets that would make the Property Brothers shed a tear of pure joy. Your gorgeous bathroom renovation features a double sink with copious counter space and storage, heated tile flooring so your toes never know the cold of winter again, and appliances so shiny even Mr. Clean gets a little jealous. Congrats. Your home is finally perfect. Or is it? Did that remodeling company you threw the keys to factor in not just the pretty design on the outside but the inside as well? Remodeling is more than just fancy backsplashes and state-of-the-art appliances. Remodeling reaches deep into your walls, your plumbing, your electrical supplies, and – you guessed it – your insulation. How Reinsulating During a Remodel Saves You Money While the word “renovations” may sound like the arch nemesis of your savings account, there are some pretty awesome ways to save that cold hard cash in the long run. Specifically, replacing your insulation during a remodel can save you cold feet, headaches, and energy costs in the future. As insulation ages, it can be exposed to certain factors the deteriorate both the insulation and the insulation’s effectiveness. Settling and compression over time (think decades) cause insultation to lose its effectiveness in protecting a home against temperature fluctuations (and fluctuating energy bills). Water leaking into your home’s insultation can lead to the four-letter word of property ownership – mold....
Home Insulation Tips – Simple Solutions For Assessing Your Home’s Insulation Needs

Home Insulation Tips – Simple Solutions For Assessing Your Home’s Insulation Needs

Home Insulation Tips – Simple Solutions For Assessing Your Home’s Insulation Needs If you have an adequate heating system in your house but it’s still cold, then there’s a simple solution. You need to review the insulation in your home. Insulation is like a snug blanket around your house that stops all that heat you’ve created from disappearing outside. With the right insulation, your house will stay warm during the winter. Insulation is usually placed in the ceiling, the floors, and the walls. The greatest heat loss occurs in the ceiling. heat loss from a non-insulated house is through the roof, due to the tendency of warm air to rise. High levels of ceiling insulation provide the highest benefit in terms of energy savings. Wall insulation levels should be maximized when the building is constructed because upgrading at a later stage is difficult and expensive. Effective under-floor insulation removes that cold air layer pushing all your heat to the ceiling. If the under-floor insulation material is also a vapor barrier, it will prevent ground moisture moving into the house. So the first step you need to take is to evaluate your existing insulation. First of all, find out if there is any insulation in your house. Have an inspection done by a reputable insulation contractor like The Home Insulators. Once you’ve done this, assess the quality of the existing insulation. If you need to improve your existing insulation or would like to start from scratch, then you need to decide the type of insulation that is best suited for your house. Blankets or segments, made from fiberglass, polyester or...
Westchester County Spray Foam Insulation Company Explains Open Cell & Closed Cell Foam

Westchester County Spray Foam Insulation Company Explains Open Cell & Closed Cell Foam

Westchester County Spray Foam Insulation- What You Need To Know Insulating your home against the elements is a major need any building or homeowner will need to consider. Choosing and getting the right kind of insulation that offers maximum benefits in the long run however, is another issue entirely. In this article, we look at the unique qualities of spray foam insulation and help you decide if it is the best choice for your home or building. Spray Foam Insulation (SPF), is a substance developed for use in military aircrafts in the 1940s and is basically a mixture of two materials – isocyanate and polyol resin. It’s an expanding foam applied by spraying, and used to fill gaps in wall cavities, fill different kinds of holes and as a spray cover on roof tiles and concrete slabs. It is now widely used as an alternative to Fiberglass insulation. Types of Foam It can be categorized as closed cell or open cell. Open cell insulation is a less expensive option, spongy in appearance and is composed of tiny cells with little openings. It works well as an air and sound barrier but is not recommended as a water or dampness barrier. Open cell insulation is best used for interior walls. Closed cell insulation is more applicable for outdoor use and its denser, compact cell make up means it can be used as an air or water vapor barrier. Application There are two most common methods of application: two-component high pressure or two-component low pressure. The high pressure method uses a quick expanding foam and is more appropriate for new building...

Fix Your Home’s Drafts With Proper Air Sealing

Have you ever felt a small draft coming in through your room, but were never able to pinpoint its exact location? Some people have attributed this draft of unknown origins to a ghost, but The Home Insulators are specialists in locating the source of this breeze. It can come from the smallest gap in your home’s air sealing, which can put a lot of strain on your air conditioning or heating system. These systems will then require a lot more power to keep your home at a desirable temperature. However, locating these gaps is our bread and butter. We can inspect your home at a moment’s notice and make a number of insulation recommendations for improving the air sealing of your home. In fact, we could even determine if your draft is coming from a wall, the ceiling or even the crawlspace. Nearly every home suffers from one of these gaps, which can be caused by a professional such as a plumber, electrician or other contractor cutting corners or by the simple aging of their home. Regardless of the cause, we are available to provide your home with a free energy audit to help you identify any gaps in your home which might be increasing your power bill and lowering the energy efficiency of your...
How To Reduce Energy Costs Through Better Insulation

How To Reduce Energy Costs Through Better Insulation

Efficient use of energy plays a role in reducing your bills. It is a well-known fact that the lower the amount of energy you use, the lower the energy costs you pay. There are a number of ways you can use to reduce the energy you consume. Three proven methods to reduce energy consumption are proper insulation of your home, air sealing to reduce leakages and improving your home’s HVAC system. Well, let’s look at how insulation reduces the energy you consume. Insulation and Energy Efficiency To reduce the exchange of heat, insulation uses a surface. Examples of surfaces that insulation uses are the duct, roof, an attic or a wall. If your house is well insulated, a very small percentage of warm air will escape during the winter, and a small percentage of cold air will escape during the summer. This will reduce the amount of energy your house uses for heating and cooling. Therefore, improving the quality of insulation in your house will most likely reduce the cost you use to heat and cool your house. Insulating Surfaces such as Walls, Attics and Floors To achieve efficiency in insulating the surfaces of your house, you need to find the barrier responsible for preventing equalization of inside and outside air temperatures. One such barrier is the outer shell of your home. If your walls, roof and floors are well insulated, your heating and cooling system will use a small amount of energy. While insulating your house, emphasis should be on the roof. This is because heat rises and it provides an avenue for the movement of heat outside...