Archive for category: Air Sealing

HVAC Upgrade Advice

HVAC Upgrade Advice

January 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, and HVAC systems have improved significantly in the past few decades. When it’s time to replace yours, research high-efficiency models that save energy and money over the long run. Before you over-Google “Best HVAC” and “Reduce High Energy Bills”, or make any large purchases, hire a BPI-certified Home Energy Upgrade specialist to […]

 
Reap Epic Air Sealing & Insulation Benefits

Reap Epic Air Sealing & Insulation Benefits

January 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm

ENERGY STAR-recommended air sealing, insulation, and vapor barriers provide significant, unbeatable results, including: Reducing home energy use. Controlling moisture. Improving ventilation. Lowering utility bills. Enhancing comfort (especially during summer and winter). Decreasing household carbon emissions for a reduced environmental impact. Saving electricity, natural gas, and cash. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly […]

 
Common home utilities

“The Why” Behind Home Energy Assessments

January 8, 2019 at 9:42 am

Home energy assessments provide analysis of your home’s energy use, including how much energy your home systems require, how your energy use compares with similar structures in your community, and how you can sustainably improve energy efficiency. When you upgrade your home to use less energy, you also enjoy the benefit of […]

 
Air Sealing is The Secret.

Air Sealing is The Secret.

January 8, 2019 at 9:34 am

Feel good inside. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters or conditioned air (heated or cooled) leaves your home uncontrollably through minuscule cracks and openings. Unfortunately, when most homes were built in the Bay Area, meticulously sealing all these cracks and openings (around window frames , trim, chimneys, doors, ducts, vents, trim, […]

 
Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

October 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

Homeowners need answers. It’s drafty, but how much insulation is needed and what kind? Your energy power meter is spinning out of control. Utility bills are packing a monthly belt tightening wallop. Help! Therefore, where should you put your precious home improvement dollars for the biggest bang? To meet optimal energy performance levels, save during […]

 
Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

October 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is making clean energy technologies and services more available, reliable, and less expensive for both energy users and society as a whole. They report that homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 (often […]

 
Energy Upgrade Your Home for Health & Wellness.

Energy Upgrade Your Home for Health & Wellness.

April 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Some quick facts about health and air quality, courtesy of www.leap-va.org: The pollution inside your home is typically 2 to 5 times worse than the air outdoors. This indoor air quality can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nose and throat issues, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. 40% […]

 
Why Air Sealing is so Important?

Why Air Sealing is so Important?

January 8, 2018 at 8:27 am

  “Air Sealing” is a key feature of Advanced Home Energy Upgrades. A “leaky” house means higher energy bills and excess moisture and contaminants entering the home. EnergyStar Explains Air Sealing: In typical homes, air leaks are found at cracks, holes and openings for plumbing, wiring, lighting, switch plates and […]

 
How Airtight is Your Home?

How Airtight is Your Home?

June 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The elements have a pesky way of sneaking in. We can safely say that just about 100% of all homes are leaking air like crazy, so it’s no wonder “air leakage” is a universal problem for homeowners – outside air entering the house or conditioned air (air conditioned or heated) […]

 
Energy Use Reality Check.

Energy Use Reality Check.

October 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

This U.S. Energy Information Administration pie chart shows where we use the most energy in our homes. As you can see, heating accounts for the largest bite out of the utility bill. How energy efficient is your HVAC and your home’s “building envelope”? Think of the high performance building envelope […]