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How to Make Sure Your Insulation Is Ready for the Summer

March 31, 2021

Summer is just around the corner, which means daytime temperatures will soon be in the 80s. The best way to keep your house comfortable while reducing your energy bills is to ensure your home is adequately insulated. However, that’s not always an easy task for the average homeowner. Fortunately, we’re here to help you double-check your insulation and ensure you’re properly covered. Continue reading to learn how to know if you need new insulation in preparation for the summer months in Northern California: Assess your energy bill: Your monthly cooling bill can be much higher if your home is unprepared... View Article

How to Determine if You Have Poor Insulation

March 17, 2021

Insulation is pivotal in keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills low all year long. Unfortunately, insulation doesn’t last forever. It becomes less effective as it ages, and can even become a breeding ground for pests. Continue reading to learn a few of the signs that will help you determine if your Northern California home is not well insulated. Old age If your home was built before 1970, you can stop reading right now—it’s likely time to re-insulate your home. Insulation technology has come a long way in the past few decades, meaning it’s better at keeping your home... View Article

Are Vapor Barriers Necessary?

March 2, 2021

Vapor barriers are a type of plastic film designed to be impermeable so as to prevent moisture from seeping through. They’re frequently used as part of a building envelope in walls and ceilings, and can also be used underneath certain flooring installations. One of the most common questions Northern California residents have when remodeling a room or finishing off a basement concerns in which situations vapor barriers are needed after putting in the insulation. Not every wall requires a vapor barrier—keep in mind that it’s used to prevent water vapor from getting in through the protected surface. To determine whether... View Article

The Ins and Outs of Rigid Insulation

February 16, 2021

Proper insulation is one of the most important investments you can make in your home to conserve energy and keep the interior of your home comfortable all year long. When installing new insulation in Northern California, you’ll have a wide range of options available, including rigid board insulation. The most popular types of insulation across the country are generally batts or mats of soft insulation, but there are also fiberglass, cellulose and natural wool insulation materials that are popular alternatives. With rigid board insulation, you get hard, dense sheets of foam, typically polystyrene or polyurethane. The chemical structure of these... View Article

Five Tips for Better Attic Insulation Efficiency

February 8, 2021

Nearly 85 percent of a home’s heat loss happens through the attic. When your attic is not insulated, you lose heat, which escapes your home and raises your utility bills as your HVAC system works harder. However, even the best-insulated attics need maintenance to stay efficient. Here are five tips on how to make your Northern California attic more energy efficient: Seal cracks: Attic air leaks are a common culprit when energy efficiency drops. Cracks, holes and weak points throughout the attic allow outdoor air inside, where it works against your HVAC. Start by sealing these cracks and gaps and... View Article

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