Insulation

Condensation problems explained

January 17, 2022
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When the weather turns cold, many homeowners experience condensation on their windows and I’m some cases even on their walls. This is an issue of ventilation and/or insulation.  However, insulating without a solid understanding of the building sciences could result in making the problem worse or even contributing toward mold growth and the last thing…

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Basement Air Sealing a Money Saver

March 5, 2020
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One of the most often neglected parts of insulation are the rim joists — that cavity in basements where the floor meets the concrete wall. There are a couple options for insulating rim joists.  Traditionally, homeowners pack them with batt insulation.  Rock wool or fiberglass are the most common types of insulation used for these…

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What type of Insulation is the Best?

November 11, 2015
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There are three types of insulation that are being used in today’s market. The well informed homeowner understands there are pros and cons of each of them and here’s what they are: Settling:  Most insulation settles and since it settles, it means you will have a lower R-value.  (R-value refers to resistance to temperature changes.  The…

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Understanding Ice Damming

March 5, 2015
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In late winter I get many calls from people asking me if I could put new gutters on their houses to solve their ice damming problems.  I have to be honest with them and explain that ice damming is a product of ventilation and insulation gutters won’t fix their ice damming problems.  It may not be good for business,…

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Insulation Provides Low Cost Efficiency

November 14, 2012
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Any expert knows, insulation gives your home the biggest efficiency bang for the buck. Over the past few years, insulation standards have changed. In the northern zone, Energy Star now recommends that you have a full R-60 of insulation in your attic. The proper amount of insulation can not only save you money on your…

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