There are MANY ways to make your home EFFICIENT.
We want to make sure you understand the different factors that make an efficient house and what WE do to help get you there. You can scroll down below for quick hits about important aspects of insulation
Attic Ventilation is extremely important. Improperly vented attics can lead may problems some of which include mold, roof shingle life and warmer attic spaces. We help avoid this by installing soffit baffles which help prevent your soffit vents from being clogged by insulation. 1 sqft. of ventilation is recommended for every 300 sqft.
Air sealing is the systematic finding and sealing of air leakage points throughout your home, from the attic to the walls to the basement and/or crawlspace
Strictly speaking, cellulose insulation can come from any cellular plant source (corncobs, sisal, sawdust, etc.). But generally it is made from recycled newspapers, cardboard, office paper, and other waste paper products. during manufacturing, cellulose insulation is treated with borates, which are a Class I fire retardant.
One of the most effective and cost effective ways of dealing with existing uninsulated frame walls is to blow cellulose into the wall cavities. This is a popular and time-proven method of retrofitting insulation and is a mainstay of low-cost weatherization programs. Dense packing walls typically results in remarkable performance. However unvented cathedral ceilings or unvented flat roofs will cause problems.
A lot of people have been asking, "What is actually happening when dense packing a wall?" In this Technical Short below, WxTV takes a look inside a dense-pack training wall to see exactly what's going on.
Spray Foam Insulation
Typically water based and very light density, this foam has the consistency of angel food cake. It weighs about .5 pounds per cubic foot. Air bubbles inside the foam burst open, hence the name "open cell." Some types of open and closed cell foam have a soy base, although this soy base is still typically accompanied by strong chemicals. This product is good for sound attenuation.
Typically oil-based, high density (1.25-2 pounds per cubic foot) hard foam. It is a fairly mature product that has been out for 30+ years. Made of two parts, it catalyzes when mixed and cures quickly. Air bubbles inside (cells) do not burst, hence the "closed cell" designation.
Similar process and application to dense packing but using an expanding foam instead. It typically has about double the R-value of cellulose with similar sound proofing and air sealing properties. It is environmentally friendly. Foam can be installed in existing stud walls and cinderblocks. It will flow around pipes, wires and outlet boxes.
Too much noise from your neighbors?
Tired of hearing the kids run around all day?
Just need a quiet room?
We can use dense packing with cellulose or foam in ceilings or walls to help reduce the sound coming into a room. Assuming the cavities are empty we can have a reduction of up to 10 STC (Sound Transmission Class). This is the standard measurement of how well a building partition attenuates airborne sound
Mold Remediation Law and Legal Definition. The term mold remediation is defined as “the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter that was not purposely grown at that location