Air Leakage In A Home Wastes Heating And Cooling – And Costs Money

In a typical home, air leakage is simply a waste of winter heating and summer air conditioning. While most homeowners might seek a remedy by improving insulation, that’s really only part of the problem. For experienced home energy experts, resolving the actual air leakage has proven to be much more impactful than most other approaches – it’s the first step to energy efficiency. Continue reading

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 .

Building Science Behind Effective Air Barriers

Airflow throughout a building envelope can be one of the most impactful influences in a typical residential home. In winter, it can be air movement that allows warm air to escape outside. And in summer, it could be about warm air infiltrating into the home. Either way, undesirable airflow impacts winter heating and summer cooling. And when energy efficiency is lacking, the result is seasonal utility costs that start to soar. This is where effective air barriers can be the remedy. Continue reading

Upgrading Your Insulation – When Is The Right Time?

At Great Northern Insulation, homeowners often ask about the right time to upgrade insulation. Clearly, there are different answers for different circumstances, but in every case, it all starts with a comprehensive assessment of the space. For the experts at GNI, its important to advise every customer on the best approach to upgrading insulation, while recommending products that best suit the circumstances. And this is exactly where an accurate assessment can be most valuable.

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