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Before you can make your property more energy efficient, you need to know where you currently stand. Contact us for a free no obligation energy audit to inspect your property to determine where efficiency can be improved.

Building shell improvements are one of the first places you should focus on when upgrading your property

Homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 the average American spends paying for energy annually, $200 to $400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems. By reducing these losses through energy efficiency upgrades, you can save money and be more comfortable in your home or business.

When the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, temperatures are falling and colours outside are changing, or when the days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter, temperatures are rising, it is the perfect time to think about one’s own energy consumption. Energy efficiency means taking responsibility, ensuring sustainability and providing economic solutions while protecting the environment. Using resources in a responsible way conveys an important message to mankind: We have to treat our natural reserves with care so that they will provide a high-quality environment for ourselves and future generations.

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START WITH AN ENERGY EVALUATION - Completing a home or building energy evaluation, also known as an energy audit or assessment, is a wise first step to assess the ways in which your home or building consumes energy. An energy evaluation will identify what specific measures you can take to make your building more energy efficient. The evaluation might include a walk-through check-up or inspection, use of an infrared camera, a blower door, or other techniques to reveal the most effective approaches to upgrading your home or building.

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Add insulation to the attic, crawl space or basement, and exterior walls in conjunction with air sealing to help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Increasing your home's insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste.

RADIENT BARRIER INSULATION

Radiant barriers are installed in homes -- usually in attics -- primarily to reduce summer heat gain and reduce cooling costs. The barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. They don't, however, reduce heat conduction like thermal insulation materials.

How radiant barrier works – Heat travels from a warm area to a cool area by a combination of conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat flows by conduction from a hotter location within a material or assembly to a colder location, like the way a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Heat transfer by convection occurs when a liquid or gas -- air, for example -- is heated, becomes less dense, and rises. As the liquid or gas cools, it becomes denser and falls. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy.

When the sun heats a roof, it's primarily the sun's radiant energy that makes the roof hot. Much of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.

A radiant barrier works best when it is perpendicular to the radiant energy striking it. Also, the greater the temperature difference between the sides of the radiant barrier material, the greater the benefits a radiant barrier can offer.

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ATTIC FLOOR INSULATION

Attic Insulation -- Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation, and provides better coverage when installed properly. See more on different types of insulation. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the thickness of the insulation. If it is less than R-30 (11 inches of fiberglass or rock wool or 8 inches of cellulose), you could probably benefit by adding more. Before insulating, seal any air leaks and make roof and other necessary repairs. If it is located in a conditioned part of the house, also remember to insulate and air seal your attic access.

Insulate and air seal any knee walls -- vertical walls with attic space directly behind them -- in your home as well. In addition, if you're building a new home or remodeling, make sure any attic decking that provides additional storage space or a platform for a heating and/or cooling unit or hot water tank is raised above the ceiling joists to leave room for adequate insulation. If the air distribution system is not within the conditioned space but within the attic, insulating the rafters will enclose the distribution system. Finally, if you live in a hot or warm climate, consider installing a radiant barrier in your attic to reduce summer heat gain.

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SOLAR ATTIC VENT FAN

A solar powered attic vent is an attic ventilation fan which runs solely off solar power. These ventilators fall into the category of active (powered) attic ventilation, where outside air is forced through the attic and out the vent to effectively cool the attic space. This method of attic ventilation is many times more effective than passive (natural) ventilation since the air inside the attic is exchanged more times per an hour with a powered vent than with a passive vent.

How solar attic fans work – Solar Attic Fans Work With Your Existing Passive Vents. ... The sun beats down on the roof surface and heats up the stagnant air inside the attic. Building codes require homes to have a passive vent system. But, passive ventilation does not provide the pressure needed to force the air through the attic and outside.

In the colder winter months, warm moist air rises from the inside of your home and collides with the cold underside of the roof. The Solar Powered Attic Fan provides the air circulation that prevents the moist air from condensing on the surface, keeping your attic cooler. By installing a Solar Powered Attic Fan or All Purpose Ventilator, you will not only be creating a more pleasant living space, but you will also be protecting your roof, framing members, and attic from excessive heat and moisture.

Does a solar attic fan qualify for a federal tax credit? ANSWER: YES! Both the Purchase Price AND Installation Cost of a solar attic fan qualify for a 30% federal tax credit.

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ATTIC TENT

Attic Tents take attic insulation one step further. Use Attic Tents for insulation for attic access, attic hatch, attic stair and attic ladder areas. Some energy experts estimate that the gap around a typical pull-down stairway can amount to forty square inches! A pull-down attic stairway probably represents the largest hole in your attic floor — a hole through which a tremendous amount of air can flow. This presents the opportunity for hot air from your attic to escape into the rooms below, and that escaping air represents your energy dollars burning up. Even in the best of circumstances, the entirety of the attic stair system is un-insulated. It’s a worst-case scenario in terms of air sealing and energy efficiency. The undersides of many pull-down attic stair units is made of 1⁄4” plywood that warps away from its sealing surfaces shortly after installation. Additionally, the springs that hold the stairway in place lose their resilience over time, allowing the unit to sag down from the opening and further open gaps between the plywood and the jamb. Ask for attic tent costs.

How attic tent works – The Attic Tent is a specially engineered, patented insulator designed to create an air transfer barrier between your attic and living areas. Sealing a pull-down attic stairway could be tough to do. The stairway, after all, still has to function as an entrance and exit. The most comprehensive solution is to insulate the door as well as add air-sealing capabilities with the Attic Tent. It is a practical and economical solution to a problem that has existed since homes were first built with overhead attic entries. Our Attic Tents are designed to significantly reduce air loss, drastically lower your energy bill, and also provide safe and easy zipper accessibility into your attic.

The Attic Tent has been proven to reduce air transfer between your attic and living area by at least 71%.

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