Stay Cool This Summer By Insulating And Air Sealing Your Home

One of the most negative dynamics in a residential home is air leakage – it has more negative effect on home energy efficiency than anything else. From a professional perspective, a home must be sealed air tight in order to achieve optimum energy efficiencies. And for the home energy experts at Great Northern Insulation, addressing air leakage by air sealing is the first step before anything else.

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Spray Foam Insulation Can Reduce Energy Consumption

A home that is sealed and insulated with spray foam insulation can reduce energy consumption. This is true in both winter and summer, since energy efficiency is enhanced throughout the entire home. Simply put, improved energy efficiency makes for reduced energy consumption, and therefore reduced utility bills. Homeowners can save on winter heating and summer cooling. Continue reading

Service Update: Vapour Barrier Tape Transition Notice

Blue Vapour Barrier Tape:

Beginning soon, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from the use of red “Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape for PE Vapour Barrier” to blue Tuck Tape of the same brand. Although commonly used as an acceptable product in sealing joints on vapour barriers and external sheathing, red Tuck Tape was never tested by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) specifically for this purpose.Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm

Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm polyethylene vapour barrier products.

In a desire to continue offering our customers only the best possible product offerings, and to continue utilizing products approved by the CCMC, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from red Tuck Tape to blue Tuck Tape in the near future.

For more information on this new product, see CCMC Report #1408-R.

To view Great Northern Insulation’s official notice of this change, click the image below:

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Properly Air Sealing A Homes Provides Cost Savings

In a typical residential home, there’s not much use for a cost/benefit analysis when it comes to air sealing and insulation. Any professional will tell you that in an effort to save energy in a home, nothing will do the job better than air sealing. In fact, industry statistics show that between 25% and 30% of heating and cooling energy is wasted because of air leakage. That includes leakage through the roof and/or attic, the basement, and any other breaches in the building envelope. Continue reading