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What is Polyurethane Foam?

Back in 1937, the initial research on polyurethane polymers started in Germany. Researchers focused mostly on producing flexible fibers and foams. However, the product that we know today as polyurethane foam (PU foam) did not become available for commercial production until 1954. The production process for polyurethane foam usually involves adding small amounts of blowing agents (which are volatile) to chemicals. This reaction will result in a lower density, higher energy absorption, and an increase in thermal insulation to the base material. The blowing agents aerate the base chemical, similarly to how baking soda aerates bread. The process of producing

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What Are Vapor Barriers?

  Almost everyone knows that moisture in your home is bad. Controlling and preventing this moisture helps make your home more energy efficient which can reduce your energy bill and create a more comfortable living environment. It can also prevent mold growth. Using vapor barriers in your home is an important part of your moisture control strategy. Water can pass into our homes in three different ways, diffusion through materials, heat transfer, and air movement. Unfortunately, vapor barriers only control water vapor that occurs through diffusion. This is why it is important to seal air leaks in your home as

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The Pros and Cons of Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are widely used for their energy efficiency and capacity for saving money and raising a home’s value. Uninsulated windows are responsible for almost 25% of the yearly costs for cooling and heating in the average US home. It should come as no surprise that any solution to this problem is popular with homeowners. Pros In terms of energy efficiency, double pane windows are a major improvement over a single pane of glass. A window with double panes means it has two sheets of glass in one window frame. This creates a space between the sheets of glass

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Everything You Need To Know About Roof Shingles

  Roof shingles are a very common roofing material that consists of individual, overlapping objects. They can be made of many different materials including asphalt, wood, slate, and plastic. Being a highly visible part of any home, the esthetics of shingles is important, which is why they come in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures. When building a home, the shingle material is taken into account before the planning starts because it can affect the construction method and the pitch of the roof. For example, some shingles like slate are heavy and may need extra framing to support

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Is DIY Solar Panel Installation Viable?

When looking to save money on home improvement projects, DIY is always an option to be considered. Homeowners can tackle these projects either partially or completely on their own. This begs the question, is DIY solar panel installation a viable way to save money? Installing a solar panel system can be very beneficial from a financial point of view. It can cut down on your energy expenses and raise the value of your home. However, it can still be a big investment upfront even if you take advantage of the many tax credits and rebates. Generally, professionally installed solar panels

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DIY Attic Tent Installation

Uninsulated and leaky attic entrances are one of the most common insulation problems in most homes. Many homeowners attempt to fix this problem by surrounding the attic door with insulation. Unfortunately, they are not creating an airtight seal by doing this. This technique also creates harmful airborne particles of dust and fiberglass every time the door is opened. The attic tent is a great solution, though. The attic tent works by sealing and insulating the attic entrance in a way that makes it very easy to use. Once an attic tent is installed, accessibility is provided by a zipper. Measuring Your

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Wind and Solar Hybrid Power Systems

   In most of the US, there is less sunlight and more wind in the winter. The opposite is true for the summer months with more sunlight and less wind. Likewise, the peak operating times throughout the day for wind and solar generation is different. Combining a wind power system and a photovoltaic system can potentially expand the amount and the time periods of energy production. This is what makes hybrid power systems so appealing. Hybrid power systems combine two ways of generating electricity into a single system that creates a more continuously producing system. Added Sustainability Batteries and sometimes

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Your Guide to Vinyl Siding Insulation

Many homeowners have found vinyl siding to be a low-cost option when it comes to siding. Vinyl has gained increased popularity through the years due to its durability and sustainability. It can add beauty to the outside of your home and requires minimal maintenance. But even the best vinyl siding can be made better if it’s used in conjunction with siding insulation. Benefits of Siding Insulation About 25% of the exterior of the average home is made of wall studs. These can account for a significant amount of energy loss because they are poor insulators. Like a blanket, siding insulation protects the

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How Much Does an HVAC System Cost?

  So you’ve decided to install an HVAC system in your home. One of the main considerations behind this decision is always related to cost. After all, an HVAC system can be a hefty investment. HVAC System Cost The first factor that comes into play is the quality of the system. Generally speaking, the higher the quality, the higher the price tag. Quality refers to the components themselves, whether they are top-shelf items or not. You don’t necessarily have to go with top of the line items to have an efficient system, but do your research to find what will

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Most Common Ways to Window Seal

  Insulated windows are not the only way to improve your energy bill. You can combat air leaks by using a window seal. Sealing a window has several benefits, and it is especially important to seal any leaks to help prevent damage to your HVAC system. Not only will you be able to save money on your energy bill, you will also save money in the long-term by protecting your HVAC unit.  Air leaks are found when outside air enters the house through cracks and openings. Air takes the path of least resistance, so seal largest openings first. What are the

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