Keep These Weatherization Items Handy

As winter sets in, homeowners are scrambling to add new insulation where needed and further weatherize their home. Here is a list of a few things to keep on hand that you’ll likely need on the job.
1.) Insulation Supports: -these wire supports are handy for installing roll and batt insulation.
2.) Insulation Netting: – alternative to wire supports. Great for wood sub floors and second story floors.
3.) Caulk and Sealants: caulk can be your best friend when weatherizing a building. Keep a few tubes on hand to seal off around doors and windows.

4.) Safety Respirator: protect yourself from air born contaminates when hanging insulation.
5.) Hard Hat: You never know when you’ll need one!
6.) First Aid Kit: Always prepare for the worst and try to be as safe as possible while working.

 

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Knee Wall Attic Access Door Insulation Cover

Knee Wall

What is a Knee Wall? A Knee Wall can be defined as a short wall usually less than three feet in height. They are often found in homes with finished attics and built to connect to the sloping roof. The Knee Wall serves as a short, solid wall in the finished attic. Installing an Attic Access Door into the Knee Wall allows access to the space behind the Knee Wall. The space behind the knee wall makes a great storage area.

Air leakage from an un-insulated Knee Wall Attic Access Door can cause heat to transfer from the attic into the living quarters in the summer, and from the living quarters to the attic in the winter. In order to avoid this heat transfer, consider installing an Energy Shield II Attic Access Door Cover. It will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs by sealing off the opening in your Attic Access Door.

The Energy Shield II attaches to attic side of the Knee Wall Framework. It has a zippered opening in which you un-zip to gain access to the attic. It installs easily in minutes.

Service Partners has standard sizes available: 24” X 48” for a Knee Wall Door, and 24”x 80” for a Full Size Door.


Corner Pads Help Stop Air infiltration

corner pads

Many customers already know about applying weatherstripping to doors, but one item they may not know about are corner pads. Corner pads are self adhesive that are applied to the inside bottom corner of the hinge side of a door. These insulation pads seal off the hardest area to prevent air infiltration and light. Keep a few bags of these corner pads on hand to add extra protection against air infiltration for your customers.


Air Sealing For Winter

Fall is in full swing which means means it is time to start preparing for winter. Getting an early start for your customers will pay big dividends to them down the road. Stopping air leaks for your customers can be your low hanging fruit you can take down early.

When on the premises of your customer’s home, walk around the outside looking for any visual cues that air may be leaking. Typical exterior places to inspect for leaks are outside water spigots, where siding & chimneys meet as well as where the foundation and siding assemble.

Venture inside the home to further inspect for air leaks once the exterior inspection is complete. A common location that is a likely culprit is around electrical outlets. You can combat most air penetration around electric outlets with a simple outlet gasket.

Below is a small list from the DOE for common air leak locations inside a home. Also attached below is a great image highlighting the most likely places for air leaks.

• Electrical outlets
• Switch plates
• Door and window frames
• Electrical and gas service entrances
• Baseboards
Weather stripping around doors
Fireplace dampers
• Attic hatches
• Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
• Cable TV and phone lines
• Where dryer vents pass through walls
• Vents and fans.

 

 

Air Sealing A House

 

Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States.  We supply insulation & accessories to contractors & businesses throughout the country.


Weatherize Homes With Our Door Sweeps

Door Sweep

Door sweeps are the small pieces of rubber or vinyl at the bottom of a door that effectively cover the gap where the door meets the bottom of the frame. This area is almost always built with a gap to allow the door to open and close smoothly. Contrary to its name, the door sweep doesn’t “sweep” anything. It acts as a buffer between the small gap and a home.

 

Not only that but it saves you money on energy as well. By acting as a layer of insulation and a seal between the air on the other side of the door and the inside controlled temperature air, it is effective at preventing  heat transfer or heat loss through air movement. Of course, it is even more effective when combined with a screen or storm door, because then less air is allowed to even come to the door in the first place.

 

It may also prevent heat loss if it is made of a good insulation material. Heat loss happens when heat is transferred between two materials when there is a difference in surface temperature. If the cold outside air touches the door sweep, and the door sweep is warmer than the air, the heat from the door sweep will be lost. If the door sweep is cooled and the material becomes colder, heat will be lost because the house is warmer. Rubber is a fairly good insulator for this purpose, which is why it is the material most often used in door sweeps.

 

The “brush” type of sweep is good for reducing air flow, but will readily transfer heat if temperatures are different – which is why a lot of modern outer facing doors are no longer sold with this type of sweep. If a door sweep gets worn and falls off you may ask yourself if you need to actually replace it for the customer. Do a simple test. If you feel air entering through the bottom of the door, then absolutely – your customer needs a door sweep. If not, and you cannot see the light from outside within the customers home, they may not need one. Though it certainly will never hurt to add one!

Contact us today to find out how you can help weatherize your home with door sweeps.


Announcing Service Partners Contractors’ Club!

 

Contractors' Club

As a valued customer, we are offering you the exciting opportunity to join the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. What is the Service Partners Contractors’ Club? This club offers special discounted services, educational webinars, marketing tools, networking opportunities, regional conferences and much more to qualified customers. Membership is 100% free for all qualified customers.

Service Partners is more than your trusted supplier of insulation and equipment. We also want to provide the education, support and sales tools customers need to help grow their business. We are committed to helping our customers expand and diversify their business. That is why we have created the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. We look forward to sharing all of the benefits of this new opportunity with our valued customers.

Please visit Service Partners Contractors’ Club for more information.


Ways To Save

Doesn’t everyone need to save money? There are many things you can encourage your customers to do around their home to lower their energy costs. Here are some simple projects that you can recommend to get them on their way to having more money in their wallet.

Adding insulation is one of many ways to save. Knee wall attic access doors and attic stairs are often left un-insulated. Recommend to your customers that they insulate theirs. Another way to reduce heating and cooling bills is to make sure homeowners have adequate insulation in the attic. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation for a homeowner or contractor in most cases.

Let your customers know that insulating is a great start to helping reduce energy bills is not the only thing that can be done to stop heat loss and air infiltration. A drafty home is not only uncomfortable, but expensive as well. Ask yourself, does the home need weather stripping? Can you feel cold air coming in around doors and windows on a cold windy day? You may not have thought about it this way before, but if you have a ¼” gap at the bottom of a 3’ wide door, you have 9 square inches of open space. If you had a hole this size in an exterior wall, you would fix it right?

Check for places that need to be caulked. Look for gaps and holes around door and window frames, wall and roof vents, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures and skylights. Look around outdoor faucets and where gas pipes and electrical lines enter the house. Check the joints where siding joins at corners and where it meets the roof and foundation or where it meets the fireplace chimney. Service Partners offers a wide selection of caulks to meet all of your needs.

Saving water will also save your customers money. Regular shower heads can be replaced with more efficient low-flow shower heads. They can also save by shortening the length of their showers and washing their clothes in cold water.

These are just a few things you can recommend to your customers to help them get started saving and reducing energy costs.


WALLTITE® Insulation Air Barrier Now Available!

Service Partners now carries Walltite BASF spray foam at specific locations. Walltite is a two-component closed-cell spray polyurethane foam system utilizing an EPA-approved, zero ozone-depleting blowing agent.

According to BASF’s website the WALLTITE® insulating air barrier system has the following specifics:

 

• Eliminates uncontrolled air leakage

• Improves occupant comfort, health and safety

• Improves indoor environmental quality

• Improves structural strength

• Reduces condensation, moisture and mold problems

• Conforms to any shape

• Is approved by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) to meet the mandated air barrier requirements of the Commercial Energy Codes of Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Michigan

• Is installed only by ABAA approved applicators with third-party quality control inspection

 

Please contact your local Service Partners spray foam supplier for inquires regarding Walltite spray foam insulation. Locate your nearest Service Partners branch here.