Insulation Removal A Positive

Insulation Removal Vacuum

Insulation may need to be removed from a customer’s home on occasion. Insulation that has been within a living space over a long period of time could be a scenario in which you’ll need to remove and replace a homeowner’s insulation. Let’s face it, the insulation manufactured today is far better in quality & resisting heat transfer due to technology advances over the past 30 years. Replacing old insulation with modern made material can result in huge a difference in the reduction of energy consumption and keeping the home comfortable temperatures.

 

Insulation may have also encountered natural weather forces such as rain, fire or smoke that have made it unusable. Remember, fiberglass insulation will lose its r-value when wet but will eventually return to its original state after drying. With any insulation that has become wet and saturated from water damage for an extended period of time there will be an increase risk of mold. In the case of mold within the insulation it would be best to remove and replace.

 

Lastly, your customers may want to move insulation simply because they over insulated an area and need a portion of it removed. An example of this would be a do-it-yourself homeowner that has put too much insulation in the attic, covering the much needed soffits, reducing air flow.

 

In any of these scenarios you can use an Insulation Removal Vacuum to aide you in extracting unwanted or damaged insulation. These machines are best suited to remove insulation from sidewalls, crawlspaces and attics. They will inevitably help you get your job done faster and make your customers extremely happy with your ability to do the job in a correct and timely manner.


RESNET EnergySmart Webinar

Service Partners will be hosting a variety of webinars on topics & trends that interest you, our customers, throughout 2012. With all the focus today around energy efficiency in new and existing homes, we wanted to offer our upcoming webinar on the RESNET EnergySmart Contractor Program”, which will be presented this Friday, January 27th, at 2 p.m. (EST).

 

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The RESNET EnergySmart Contractor program is designed for qualified contractors to pursue homeowner retrofits with a team of industry professionals. As it is with BPI certification, programs like this can be important, since they are required certification in weatherization programs, energy company incentives and potential legislation across the country.

 

Please join the webinar at the following location – http://goo.gl/b0c9U

 

If you are prompted for registration, follow these steps:

1. Click”Register”.

2. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.

3. Dial in number is 877-836-2551, and conference code is 5884249536.

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.


Helping Home Owners Reduce Energy Consumption

Fixing up an existing home to be more energy efficient is an effective way to save energy and reduce the cost of homeownership. This includes a variety of projects from replacing old light bulbs to upgrading appliances and installing new insulation. Practical home improvement has become popular among savvy homeowners looking to save. Expenditures for energy efficient home improvements will grow to more than $50 billion by 2014, this is an area, as a contractor, on which you could capitalize.

“Retrofitting an existing home to make it more green and an energy efficient structure is easier than some homeowners might realize,” says Jeff Kaliner, founder and CEO of Power Home Remodeling Group, the nation’s fourth largest home remodeling company. Power’s tips for contractors looking to help make homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly are:

•Windows — Energy efficient windows are better insulated, allowing a home to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. If homeowners are not able to replace their home’s windows, closing cracks and seals with caulk to reduce air leakage is a great alternative.

Insulation — According to the US Department of Energy, more than 50 percent of the energy used in a typical American home is for heating and cooling the air. Energy usage for heating and cooling is high because conditioned air often escapes through poorly insulated walls and attics creating a never-ending cycle of circulating air. Updating a home’s insulation may allow homeowners to retain conditioned air and spend less to keep the home comfortable. Homeowners can receive up to $500 in tax credit for updating insulation in 2011.

Doors — Old or improperly sealed doors can significantly affect a home’s energy efficiency by allowing conditioned air to easily escape. Installing a new door can provide more effective insulation than older ones. Weather-stripping is another cost effective way to seal air leaks around an existing door.

Light bulbs — According to ENERGY START, if every American home replaced just one light with an energy efficient CFL light bulb enough energy would be saved to light 3 million homes for a year. With a cost of just over $2 per bulb, switching to CFL light bulbs is a very cost-effective project.

Programmable thermostat — The US Department of Energy reports that homeowners can save roughly 10 percent on heating and cooling bills by turning their thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature of a home while the homeowner is at work or asleep, making energy reduction easy.

Original article on telegram.com


Zip Code Insulation Tool

Tools can be a contractor’s best friend. One tool that the Department of Energy provides is the Zip Code Insulation Tool. This particular device allows contractors to better determine the correct R-value of insulation for various locations within a house based on your geographical location. Contractors, you can use this tool to help your customers understand the importance of insulation and provide them with a national resource that will help you build trust.

Using a tool provided by the United States Department of Energy can only increase your reputation & professional appearance to your customers. Be sure to use the “Zip Code Insulation Tool” to properly establish the right R-value for your location.


Home Energy Checkup

This video from the Department of Energy is a great way to educate your customers on home energy efficiency.

In any season a leaky home costs money. How do you stop it? It starts with a comprehensive home energy checkup. It’s a series of tests and inspections to find out where your house could be more efficient, The end goal is to save energy, save money, and make your house more comfortable.

 

Installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances will help. So will creating a sealed barrier around your house – kind of like putting a blanket around the outside, minimizing the leaks. Upgrading your home to save energy can put anywhere from five to thirty percent of your energy bill back in your pocket.

 

To get a thorough home energy checkup you’ll need some help from a professional. Look for a home technician, called an auditor, in your area. In a cold weather evaluation the auditor starts on the outside looking for problems around walls, joints, and under the eaves. If there’s not a tight fit, then you’re losing energy and money.

 

Next the technician might head up to your attic to check for leaks on the top of your home barrier. The trap door could be a culprit – letting cold air pass into the house. A big part of the checkup is determining how well the insulation insulates. Insulation should be correctly installed in between all areas of the house frame. That means it needs to be evenly applied and not just jammed into spaces, and of course if the insulation is fallen down it’s not working. Your energy auditor will inspect the holes where electrical lines pass through. If they’re not sealed they’re leaking.

 

In the basement, your furnace and water heater could be wasting energy. The auditor will check to see how energy-efficient the furnace is. Furnaces generally lose efficiency as they get older and it could cost you more to keep yours running then replace it with a new one. Maybe all you need is a new filter. Some people haven’t changed their filter for months – even years. That gunk clogging the filter means your furnace has to work harder to heat your home. If the water heater is several years old it may not be efficient and if it isn’t insulated it’s also losing energy. The technician will also inspect ductwork connections to ensure they make a tight fit. They have to be sealed to keep the warm air going where it’s supposed to go.

 

The energy auditor will conduct what is called the blower door test. They will close all the windows and doors and anything else that lets outside air in. This special fan will depressurize the home the idea is to suck air out of the house allowing outside air to rush into the home through all those openings you didn’t know about. With the windows and doors closed, and the fan running, leaks are easy to spot with an infrared camera. In winter the auditor will scan the interior of the home looking for cold air rushing in.

 

Recessed lighting fixtures can be big problems. The auditor will take a look at the kinds of lightbulbs in those fixtures. If they’re incandescent they’re using a lot of energy. Warm compact fluorescents are an energy-saving alternative.

 

A home energy assessment reveals ways that energy escapes your home costing you money. Getting a comprehensive home energy report will help you know which efficiency upgrades are right for you, and where to stop those pesky leaks.