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Checklist for Energy Efficient Home – Are you on track?

Your home is your castle! You spend more than half your life in your home. Therefore, it only makes sense to want to maintain and protect it from potential hazards

Clean and well-kept interiors help you achieve a comfortable home, and below are 5 important tips to help you increase your property’s energy efficiency too

  1. Proper Insulation: Checking your insulation periodically is key to energy efficient home. Selecting the right product, quantity, and the method of installing the insulation are crucial to the final efficiency levels.
  2. Seal off Windows: Properly sealing off the windows is one of the best ways to minimize air leakage. Since windows act as the major source of heat gain and heat loss in the house, revamping the window frames and putting up multiple panes with tinted glasses can help prevent leaking of conditioned air, thus, cut down on the family’s utility bills.
  3. Check Your Radiant Barrier: While attic and crawl insulation traps the conditioned air inside the dwelling unit, installing a reflective insulation, also called a radiant barrier, prevents both heat and cold conditioned air to seep through the exteriors. The radiant barrier acts as a reflector, keeping the house and living spaces comfortable while lessening dependency on the home’s HVAC System.
  4. Clean and Maintain HVAC Ducts: A well HVAC system, can provide you more than peace of mind. It can save you money by increasing your home’s energy efficiency. How? Air ducts help transfer conditioned air throughout the house, and when left unattended, damages and cracks (due to pests, clogging, etc.)can occur. Regular maintenance and cleaning of the air ducts thus ensure optimum functionality, as well as, energy efficiency.
  5. Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances and Lighting: It is highly recommended to buy appliances that rate high on the energy star rating. Though some of them might be more expensive than others, it is an investment worth making that will benefit you and your family in the future. Furthermore, using CFL, LED lights and replacing outdated appliances with energy efficient variants adds to the savings

Do you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency? Call the experts at 201-205-2042. At Quartz Solutions, we provide solutions that work!

Insulation Mistakes to Avoid

Do you notice substantial difference in the comfort levels in your home or business during the high winter and summer days? Are you bogged down by increasing utility bills? If the answer to these questions is yes – we have a solution – a periodically overhaul of your insulation system.

Faulty insulation may do more harm than good. It allows the conditioned air to leak, eroding comfort levels. Besides increasing utility bills,it also exposes the home to serious problems like seeping moisture, humidity, mold and fungal growth.

However, if you are facing problems after cleaning or replacing your insulation you might have made the wrong call. More often than not, we opt for insulation systems that are not right for our needs. Here are the top mistakes to avoid when selecting attic or crawl space insulation:

  • Selecting the Wrong Insulation: It is important to understand that not all types of insulation can be installed everywhere. The right type of insulation for your needs will be determined based on the climate, overall layout/structure and budget. Furthermore, attics, crawlspaces, basements and living spaces – all have a unique purpose to serve; therefore the type of insulation will vary. Installing the same insulation in each of these areas is a big mistake! It brings down efficiency levels, instead of increasing them.
  • Focusing only on R-Value: The R-Value statistically denotes the performance quotient of the insulation. The higher the R-value the greater the effect. But it would be wrong to say that R-value is the only thing to be considered. Air leaks, seeping moisture, and quality to fight mold and pests attacks, holds equal value.Before you start laying down new insulation, you must check for air-leaks, moisture or mold, if you want to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Price Based Decision: As products of equal R-Value are propagated to perform equally, people generally tend to make a decision based on the final price tag. However,air leaks, moisture, mold, escalating energy bills are often ignored, and the price difference between the basic insulation and advanced insulation would become irrelevant over time.
  • Faulty Installation: While some insulation materials come as a DIY, ready to go packages, seeking professional help is always beneficial. It’s not just the quality of the material that matters, the actual workmanship and quality of installation will determine the effectiveness of the insulation.

Call the attic and crawl space experts at 201-205-2042, 973-536-1013 and take simple steps to make your homes effective and efficient– for years to come!

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