October 19th, 2017

insulation

Blown-in insulation is also referred to as “blow-in” or “blown” insulation. It doesn’t really matter which term you use. What DOES matter is the improved energy performance that blown insulation makes possible in any unfinished attic. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, most attics aren’t adequately insulated. A typical home is likely to have less than R-20 attic insulation. But throughout most northern states, the Department of Energy recommends that attics be insulated to…

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October 18th, 2017

vampire

When you hear the word vampire you undoubtedly think of the blood-sucking creatures so prevalent in movies and books these days. But the type of vampires we’re talking about hit a little closer to home—literally. We’re referring to the vampires that live inside your home. Every home’s got them—electronic devices that are plugged in 24/7, consuming electricity even while you’re not using them. They’re called vampires. These silent little energy zappers consume electricity…

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October 18th, 2017

fire code

Today’s building owners and facility managers are facing tough challenges in the aftermath of 9/11. One of those challenges is dealing with unexpected or unplanned visits from state and local building inspectors on the prowl for fire code violations. It’s true that building inspectors have become stricter than before, “tagging” buildings for the smallest of reasons, especially when it comes to fire codes. More and more, they are challenging maintenance teams and failing buildings…

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October 18th, 2017

asap

“We need it ASAP.” How many times have you heard that in the past week? Month? Or even just today? The funny thing is that most people, when they say ASAP, think that means it’s going to be fast and/or right away. And if you allow yourself to get sucked into their thinking, then you’re going to feel their pressure. Everyone wants everything ASAP and if you are sensitive to feeling urgency from others, you have to protect yourself if you want to survive. ASAP doesn’t mean…

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October 18th, 2017

independence day

It’s true that a Thermal Scan could be a first step in a more comfortable, energy efficient building. That’s because a thermal scan can help pinpoint missing insulation, air leaks and moisture intrusion. That, in turn, will allow you to find the source of energy efficiency and discomfort and then come up with the proper solutions to fix the problems. And it’s also true that most people associate Thermal Scans with winter time. But Thermal Scans aren’t just a cold weather…

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