Why Fall is the Best Time to Insulate Your Home

Fall is a wonderful time of the year! The leaves are changing, the weather is cooler, and the holidays are right around the corner! As we head into the end of November, many of us are already planning for upcoming holiday festivities and cooler weather. Winter will be here before we know it! As you plan for the season, remember to make sure your home is prepared. Don’t wait until it is too late to insulate your home – get ahead of the problem!

Fall is the perfect time to prioritize your home insulation. Here’s why:

  1. Milder temperatures – Fall brings ideal temperatures for insulation installation. The summer heat has fizzled out and the winter cold has not yet set in, making it a perfect time for the work to be completed.
  2. Dryer air – Along with cooler temperatures, fall also brings dryer air! Dry air is crucial for a successful insulation installation. If the air is moist, moisture can get trapped below the insulation layer, making it less effective and increasing the likelihood of mold and mildew down the road.
  3. Higher savings – According to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average homeowner with a sealed and insulated home saves around 15% on annual utility bills – savings that continue for years! Save money on bills by insulating earlier, instead of waiting for the cold to hit.
  4. Prevent frozen pipes – Ensuring your home is properly insulated before the cold sets in can also help prevent frozen and burst pipes, damages that can cost your family a lot of money!
  5. Improve air quality – In the same way insulating your home provides a barrier to the elements, it can also keep allergens and pollutants at bay! Breathing cleaner air can help you stay healthy during cold and flu season.

Many homeowners put projects like insulation installation on the backburner – we get it! However, the benefits of a cozy, comfortable, and cost-efficient home are well worth it. If you believe your home is not prepared for the coming cold, consider adding insulation!

At Creative Conservation, we specialize in home insulation to keep your space comfortable, efficient, and environmentally-friendly. Contact us today!

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Spray Foam Insulation 101

Fall weather and temperatures are wonderful, but if you’re like most of us, your thoughts have already started to wander to the upcoming holidays and inevitable colder weather. It will be here before you know it! When it gets cold outside, we normally rely on our HVAC systems to keep our homes warm and comfortable. But if your house is not properly insulated, your HVAC system will have to work harder than normal and your home still won’t be as comfortable as it could be.

That’s where spray foam insulation comes in.

Spray foam is exactly what it sounds like — a liquid foam that hardens to form a solid, air-tight foam insulation. It is an environmentally-safe, non-toxic way of insulating residential and commercial buildings. As opposed to traditional insulation, it is installed by directly spraying the polyurethane foam onto the wall and floor cavities. It can also seal spaces around electrical outlets and light fixtures.

Traditional insulation, like fiberglass and cellulose, operates like a wool sweater. It can keep you warm, but air is still able to pass through. This air leakage is what causes high heating and cooling bills in your home. According to the US Department of Energy, 40% of a home’s energy is lost as a result of air infiltration through walls, windows and doorways. Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, acts as a hard, air-tight seal against your walls that prevents cold air from seeping into your home during the winter months. It can insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.

While traditional insulation is cheaper than spray foam insulation, it is also less effective – especially during the cold winter months. Spending a little more to invest in spray foam insulation will pay off in the short- and long-term.

10357132_779761965401966_6036351367115416556_nThere are two types of spray foam insulation – closed cell and open cell. Open cell spray foam is softer and weaker form, because of the tiny open cells within the foam. Closed cell spray foam, on the other hand, creates a harder foam because the cells are closed and packed tightly together.

Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Open cell uses fewer chemicals, provides a strong air barrier and can reduce outdoor sounds; however, it is not as air-tight as a closed cell foam would be. Closed cell is much denser, making it a stronger barrier against air leakage and water vapor. It can be used anywhere in the home as well as outdoors. Because of its stronger structure, though, it is more expensive than other alternatives.

If you’re considering installing spray foam insulation in your home, give us a call for a free consultation. Our team of professionals would be happy to learn more about your needs and make recommendations specifically for your home.

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Creative Conservation is in NOVA!

Creative Conservation has had roots in the Northern Virginia area for over a decade. We are happy to announce that Creative Conservation has acquired and partnered with another established company in the area, Nova Spray Foam.

When we asked our President, Thomas Sprouse, about what this means for the Nova area he said, “Merging with Nova Spray Foam expands our reach in the Virginia and DC while increasing our retrofit business in both areas. Creative Conservation combines the two companies’ reputations and experience to deliver first-rate residential and commercial spray foam jobs.”

Spray foam is an economical insulation choice for commercial buildings. Because of its superior air-sealing qualities and ability to minimize sound, spray foam is an ideal solution for commercial projects. The expanding liquid form is installed by spraying it into wall and floor cavities and is able to insulate concrete slabs, as well as finished walls. Once applied, the foam expands up to 100 times its original volume, creating a barrier against exterior sound, moisture, and temperature.

Our customers can feel confident knowing they will receive the same high-quality work that both Creative Conservation and Nova Spray Foam are known for. Regardless of building type or size, spray foam insulation is an environmentally-friendly choice that can improve the performance of your space and reduce your overhead costs. For a free consultation, contact Creative Conservation today!

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Fend off Heat Loss With Attic Insulation

Winter has settled in for the next few months!  As your insulation experts, we want to make sure you have the most important area of your home insulated to ensure warmth throughout the cold months.

Your attic does more than provide extra storage space in your home. It protects from the outdoor elements like extreme cold or hot temperatures and humidity. This protection is provided by a properly insulated attic.   We all know that heat rises. In the winter, your attic is the spot where warm air in the lower levels of your home will escape to. If your attic has noticeable holes, gaps, and exposure to the outside air, chances are, heat is escaping at a rapid pace through the top of your house. Additionally, you need to be aware of other areas of your home that may not be properly sealed such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC penetrations.

The more warm air that escapes, the more discomfort you feel – and it’s costing you money! The US Department of Energy recommends that the attic get more insulation than any other part of the house. Heating and cooling account for 50-70% of the energy used in the average American home. On top of that, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) report 90% of single-family homes in the US are under insulated. Don’t be part of the statistic!

Additional reasons to insulate your attic include protecting the structure of your home from gradual damage caused by heat and moisture. You’ll also get better air quality as the insulation blocks air pollutants and mold. Overall, insulating your attic will provide better indoor air comfort, less HVAC wear and tear, and lower utility bills.

When you go up in your attic to put those Christmas decorations away, look at what improvements can be made to insulate your attic. Then, call Creative Conservation for a free estimate on getting your attic properly insulated.

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Insulation in Your Home Will Ensure a Cozy or Cool Environment

Insulation in your home will ensure a cozy or cool environment, regardless of the weather outside. Here are 3 places you’ll want to be sure to insulate to maximize energy savings:

1. Attic spaces – Attics are at the top of the list when it comes to responsibility for energy loss. Insulate over the floor joints to seal off your living spaces below. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the depth of the insulation. If it is less than 11 inches, you would definitely benefit by adding more. Before insulating, seal any air leaks and make roof and other necessary repairs.
If you use your attic for livable space, then be sure to insulate between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof to recirculate the conditioned or heated air back into the area, rather than having it easily escape.

2. Crawl spaces and FROGS (Finished Room over Garage Space) – In addition, insulate any floors in a room that project from the structure with nothing below. Concrete floors that are built directly on the ground are also at risk to cause energy loss. Extend insulation into joist spaces to reduce airflow.

3. Exterior Walls – All exterior walls of your home should be sufficiently insulated. In an existing home, spray foam or blown insulation can be sprayed to fill existing walls. Exterior walls that hold water pipes are a great example of an area in need of filling the wall with insulation.

As bonus information, replacing inefficient windows will maximize your energy savings even further. On top of that, be sure to caulk and seal any cracks and spaces around your windows that will let even the smallest amount of air to escape or enter.
Contact Creative Conservation today to get professional help!

Contact Creative Conservation today to get professional help!

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