Category Archives: Insulation

The Environmental Benefits of Attic Insulation

While most homeowners associate attic insulation with keeping a home warm and cutting down on utility costs, there are also environmental benefits to attic insulation. Improving or upgrading attic insulation actually means two things:  reducing the amount of energy that’s being wasted in summer and winter AND consuming less energy for heating and air conditioning. Simply put, less energy consumption means less negative environmental impact.

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Replacing Old Insulation Will Save Money In The Long Run

When it comes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, most HVAC experts would agree that home insulation offers one of the better lines of defense throughout the summer and winter. When a home is overly cold in winter, or overly warm in summer, energy bills start to climb, and it’s time for a remedy. The best place to start is with a proper inspection, and the best approach is a professional approach. Home energy experts are the ones who best understand the dynamics.

Industry wide, it’s broadly accepted that proper air sealing and effective insulation can genuinely reduce heating and cooling costs by even 20%. Simply put, good insulation is one of the best cost-saving improvements that a homeowner can undertake. At Great Northern Insulation, everything begins with a thorough assessment. In this way, the experts at GNI can advise customers as to the best approach for replacing or upgrading insulation, with products that will best suit the need.

Whether a home is new or old, there are countless reasons to upgrade insulation or just replace the materials completely. In some cases, the installed insulation may simply be lacking. In other cases, the insulation may have been installed poorly. And finally, there are cases where insulation is damaged and deteriorating. With a good assessment, GNI can evaluate the situation, and make feasible recommendations for retrofitting that will ensure money savings for the long term.

With a proper preliminary assessment (and perhaps a Home Energy Audit), the GNI team will be able to determine the condition of the home’s insulation, and general performance level. Here, a Home Energy Audit can be of value in pinpointing weaknesses in the building envelope that are compromising energy efficiency in the home. This will include isolating weaknesses in air sealing, in insulation performance, and in overall ventilation. It’s the most thorough way to proceed.

To be sure, like other home improvements, some homeowners might be tempted to undertake a DIY approach to insulation replacement. And while this may seem like a money saving effort, it’s really better left to the experts. They have the tools to gauge energy efficiency and the expertise with different insulation products and installation techniques. With Great Northern Insulation, highly trained installers will recommend how best to achieve maximum insulation performance.

While an energy audit can readily identify energy efficiencies, it’s also important to determine what work will be most cost effective within a homeowner’s budget. Whether it’s the basement, attic, or exterior walls, insulation replacement (or upgrading) should provide the best return on investment. It means improving energy efficiency to assure utility savings for years to come. What’s most important is to do the work professionally, the right way, the first time around.

Great Northern Insulation provides homeowners with a professional approach to home energy. Qualified installers focus on every aspect of air sealing, ventilation, and insulation. Every effort is made to guarantee optimal energy efficiency on every project, for every client. Call GNI toll-free at 1-800-265-1914 for more information or visit the website at www.gni.ca .

When Is Fibreglass Insulation The Right Choice To Make?

Still one of the more popular choices for home insulation, fibreglass insulation has proven itself effective in both new construction and reinstallations. The product is available in pre-cut batts, blankets, and loose-fill composition. And while many insulation products are competing in the marketplace today, fibreglass insulation offers specific benefits and advantages, depending on the application. What’s most important is to get professional input on both product and installation.

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Understanding Home Energy For Single Women Homeowners

Today, more single women are buying homes than in previous years, and are actually outpacing single men. Buying a home, as it turns out, is no longer reserved for couples. It’s a sign of personal independence; it’s a way to create equity; and it’s an opportunity to build wealth. But with that home purchase also comes a host of responsibilities for home maintenance and home repairs. For some, this may be a new frontier, but it’s all part of the landscape of homeownership.

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