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attic door cover
attic tent

Is Your Attic Door Cover Adequate?

 Most of us don’t understand the importance and benefits of an attic door cover. However, it’s an important step if you want to decrease your utility bills. Most attic doors are uninsulated and have gaps around the perimeter of the door. This exposed entryway provides a route for the unconditioned air to escape the attic and can reduce the effectiveness of your existing insulation. Installing or upgrading your attic door cover can improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce the amount you are spending to heat or cool your home. So, what is an attic door cover and how do

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solar home
renewable energy

Create a Solar Home On a Budget

Everyone can benefit from turning their home into a solar home. Even people in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, places known for a lack of sunshine, can benefit from solar panels. It just takes one hour of midday summer sun to equal the amount of one year’s electricity demand in the U.S. Solar panels can be expensive so what can you do if you can’t afford to purchase solar panels? Here are a few options to help you in your quest for creating a solar home. Community Solar Community solar is also known as “shared solar”, “roofless solar”, or “solar

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spray foam insulation
Spray Foam

How to Safely Apply Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation consistently outperforms all other types of insulation. Unfortunately, while effective at both insulating and sealing, polyurethane spray foam does have ingredients that can cause adverse health effects if not handled properly. These ingredients include isocyanates which can cause skin and eye irritation, asthma, lung damage, and other respiratory problems. Whether you are the applicator, a helper, or an occupant of the building being sprayed, there are several steps you should take to keep everyone safe. Applying the Spray Foam Insulation First, start by reading the product information for instructions on the application process, safety practices, precautions, and

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HVAC

Easy DIY AC Repair

Having your HVAC unit breakdown on a hot day during the summer is bad. It’s even worse if you have to wait around for a few days in the heat for a contractor to come. Luckily, there are some AC problems that you can repair yourself. Most common AC repair is for units that are not cooling well enough or not cooling at all. Here are a few things you can do yourself to fix the most common issues. Check the Furnace Before doing anything else, you should check the furnace to see if the problem is originating there. Start

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high efficiency
Energy Efficiency

New High Efficiency Solar Panel

LG recently revealed their newest high efficiency solar panel, the NeON R. With an increase in performance and a more seamless design, it could be the answer to your energy efficiency challenges. Improved Design Will Improve Performance The NeOn R has the highest wind and snow load ratings so far in the industry. Front load ratings are up to 6000 Pa and up to 5400 Pa for the rear load. Pa is the unit of measurement for pressure. If you convert that to layman terms, that equals to about 125 pounds per square foot for a front load and a wind

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steel roofing
Roofing

Why Choose Steel Roofing?

Many homeowners choose a metal roof because of the many advantages it has over other types of roofing material. Steel is the most widely used metal but you can also find roofs made of other metals. In this article, we’re going to take a look at these metals and see how they compare to steel roofing. Metal roofing materials can be divided into two categories: conventional and high-end. Conventional materials include steel and aluminum. Copper, alloy, and stainless steel are considered high-end products. Steel Roofing Steel roofing is the sturdier and heavier of the two conventional materials. In order to

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polyurethane insulation
Spray Foam

The Different Types of Polyurethane Insulation

Polyurethane has a wide variety of applications ranging from cushioning in automobiles to construction materials. There are several different types of polyurethane insulation that can serve various purposes and needs. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at a few types of polyurethane insulation and their uses. Spray Polyurethane Foam Spray foam is perhaps the best-known form of polyurethane insulation. The foam is composed of two chemical materials which expand to about 30 to 60 times their liquid volume when they are mixed. This makes them perfect to use when insulating irregularly shaped areas and hard to

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house siding
siding

House Siding: An Important Choice to Make

First impressions are important. That goes for houses as well as people. In addition to the first thing people notice, exterior siding is your home’s first line of defense. If your siding is aging and not protecting your home well it may be time to upgrade. There are a few options to choose from when replacing your house siding. Vinyl Vinyl is a popular choice because it is one of the least expensive options of house siding. At around $4-$7 per square foot for vinyl, it is tough yet lightweight which makes it easy to handle and install. Vinyl could

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home energy audit
Energy Efficiency

A Home Energy Audit Can Help Increase Savings

Installing solar panels is a good way to save money on your energy bill. When planning for solar panels, make sure your home’s envelope is in good condition. The windows, doors, walls, roof, and foundation of your home make up the building envelope. A proper building envelope can increase your savings and the energy efficiency of your home. How can you find out if the envelope of your home needs improvement? A home energy audit is just the thing to do it! Your Building Envelope Your building envelope protects the interior of your home from the outdoor environment and helps

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window insulation film
Window Insulation

The Benefits of Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film is one way to improve your window’s performance. It is fairly inexpensive and easy to install. But that’s not all. Window films also have one of the highest performances per dollar spent. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits. What is Window Insulation Film? Window insulation film, also sold in a window insulation kit, is a plastic sheet that is applied over the window. There are shrink films and static cling films available. With shrink window insulation films, you will be using double-sided tape and a hair dryer or heat gun.  This creates a tight

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