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Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Insulation and Fire Protection.

Everybody knows insulation makes your home more comfortable, less drafty, and more energy efficient. But did you know that insulation can also help keep your family safe by slowing the spread of fires? 

Most modern insulation products (including cellulose, which is made from recycled paper pulp) are designed to be fire retardant. Fiber glass insulation is inorganic, so it's not combustible. Cellulose is made from organic material, but it's treated with a chemical called borate, which makes it fire retardant. This means that in a home built largely of combustible materials, insulation is one of the few materials present in bulk that will actually slow, rather than accelerate, the spread of fire. 

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.