5 signs your home insulation needs to be replaced

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When insulation goes bad it can create a problem throughout your entire home.

Clean Crawls, an attic cleaning and home insulation company, outlined the problems that could lead to the need to replace insulation in your home, such as insulation that has deteriorated, become damp, or been infested by critters.

If a crawl space or attic insulation has become ineffective or hasn’t been installed at all, it can cause uncomfortable or even dangerous consequences on indoor air quality and temperature regulation.

Clean Crawls has taken it upon themselves to explain five sure signs that insulation should be either installed or replaced.

1. Changing Indoor Temperatures

If the indoor temperatures of your home are constantly changing, that’s a sure sign that your crawl space and attic insulation should be replaced. Oftentimes, this is due to insulation that has shifted in the attic areas and is allowing cold air or heat into the home, sabotaging the heating and cooling system’s attempts at regulating the indoor temperature. Simply resetting the insulation and adding additional batting can sometimes easily rectify such problems. However, in many cases, replacement is required.

2. High Energy Bills

High energy bills are a symptom of poor attic or crawl space insulation. Inadequate insulation or a complete lack of insulation in the attic and crawl space areas causes the outdoor weather temperatures to sneak into your home. In summer, the air conditioner must work twice as hard. In winter, the heater has to clock overtime hours to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In both of these cases, energy costs rise dramatically.

3. Animal Infestation

If squirrels, rats, mice, snakes, opossums, or bats have made your attic or crawl space their latest residence, it’s time to replace your insulation. The last thing you want is to evict the critters only to find that they’ve left feces and grime all over your insulation. It’s also possible that some pests have left babies hidden in the insulation. Even if you don’t see any evidences of animals in your attic or crawl space, it is important to inspect your insulation for traces of these little rascals.

4. Wet Insulation

If the insulation become moist, damp, or sopping wet, there is no salvaging the material. It must be replaced immediately. Blocked vents, a leaky roof, a basement flood, or the absence of vapor barriers can cause crawl space or attic insulation to get wet. Not only can wet insulation grow mold that releases dangerous mycotoxins in to the air, but the moisture causes the insulation to become ineffective. The tiny air pockets that are instrumental in trapping the air and maintaining the temperature are plugged with water, rendering the insulation useless.

5. Indoor Drafts

There are occasions where, especially in the case of attic insulation, a poor insulation job can allow drafts to enter the home. When there isn’t enough blockage between the outside air and the inside atmosphere, cold drafts can infiltrate the house. If you notice that there are odd drafts, even after you’ve closed all of the doors and windows, it’s a good time to check out your crawl space or attic insulation.

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Peace of Mind Maintenance Plans

“It’s not just service. It’s about peak performance and prevention of breakdowns.”
-Dan Jape, President/CEO

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Is your HVAC System ENERGY STAR VERIFIED?

appliance_107The heating ventilation air conditioning industry has grown by leaps and bounds since 1978. Recent studies from several sources have found that 50-70% of HVAC systems are installed incorrectly. This is the industry’s dirty little secret. Sure, your HVAC system will still work but not to manufacturers specifications or at the HVAC unit’s maximum efficiency. An inefficient heating and cooling system costs more money to run and reduces the life expectancy of the equipment. How can you guarantee your HVAC system is operating at its peak level of performance?

The missing puzzle piece is called ReliableGuard, smart monitoring for your heating and cooling system. ReliableGuard represents a SMART MONITORING option with unprecedented insight regarding your heating and cooling system. ReliableGuard is like having your own expert HVAC technician dedicated to monitor your heating and cooling system. A sensor package is installed on your HVAC system to monitor key performance metrics. Sensor data is transmitted to a monitoring station where auto-alerts are generated for out-of-range operating specifications.

Even more exciting… ENERGY STAR has re-launched a program called ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI).You’ll have real assurance that your new HVAC system has been installed correctly and that the installation has been third-party verified. That means increased comfort, lower energy bills, reduced risk of equipment failure, and much more.

The computer is advanced enough to accurately predict equipment failure before components start to fail, including water leaks!

Make sure to ask about an ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation before choosing your HVAC contractor.

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Nest

Nest. Welcome to the magic of home.
The Nest Learning Thermostat

Programs itself. Then pays for itself.

The third gen Nest Learning Thermostat is more beautiful than ever, with a thinner, sleeker design and bigger, crisper display. And it’s proven to help save energy. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.

Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm

It thinks, speaks, and alerts your phone.

There’s never been a smoke and CO alarm quite like this. Nest Protect looks for fast-burning fires, smoldering fires, and carbon monoxide. It also speaks up when there’s a problem, can be hushed from your phone, and it will even message your phone in case you’re not home.

Nest Cam

See your home on your phone. Get alerts that matter.

Nest Cam helps you keep an eye on what matters to you. It looks for motion and listens for sound.

And if something’s up, it sends an alert to your phone.

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Basement Electrical Services

Basement Finishing
Many people have found their basement can be finished into a home theater or play area for their children. Many families are adding extra bedrooms or kitchens for an extended family to live in their basement. Reliable electricians can handle all your electrical needs for all basement finishing and also provide all wiring for your Internet or cable TV needs.

Can lights, sauna wiring and hot tub wiring are just a few of the amenities Reliable electricians can provide for your basement. Reliable can provide the heating & air, plumbing and electrical for any size project.

Sub Panels
Often when one wants to finish their basement, they do not have adequate space in their electrical panel to add the needed lighting and outlets desired. Most likely, they have enough electrical service coming into their homes, they just lack the open slots for expansion. Reliable electricians can install a sub panel or extra electrical panel that allow for current and future expansion.

Panel Replacement
Sometimes a complete new electrical panel is the better option due to age of the current breaker panel or brand of the existing panel. Some older electrical panels are not designed as well as today’s modern panel and it is better to simply replace them. Reliable electricians can handle this job easily and efficiently assuring one of a safe and modern electrical system.

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