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Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

During the summer months, Arizona homeowners are often shocked and dismayed by sky-high utility bills. Air conditioning costs to keep a home cool can jump up tremendously when temperatures are over 100 degrees. What if there was a way to potentially reduce these costs? There is, and it starts with a home energy audit.

The Ins and Outs of a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is a multi-step inspection of the potential drains on the energy efficiency of your home. This begins with carefully looking at your entire HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently. Often, there are simple efficiency issues, like clogged filters, that can be replaced to make your system more efficient.

During the audit, your home will also be evaluated to identify hold and cold spots that could indicate costly leaks. This includes windows, doors, attic, ductwork and other areas throughout your home. A window or door that isn’t properly sealed can be a big source of wasted energy. Simple repairs can make a big difference on your utility bill each month!

It’s Not About Pushing New Products

Unfortunately, many companies offer home energy audits with a single goal of selling products. This deters many homeowners from scheduling an audit on their home. At Cool Blew, Inc, this isn’t our goal. We are focused on finding the deficiencies in your home that can be driving up your energy expenses. We are also dedicated to educating and empowering homeowners to make the decisions that are right for them and their budget. Yes, we have the HVAC and indoor air quality products that can improve your home’s efficiency, but we also offer do-it-yourself tips that can save you money.

Get Ready to Start Saving!

Most homeowners are surprised at the level of savings they’ll experience following upgrades prescribed during a home energy audit. Customers have saved up to 30 percent by making just a few quick and easy improvements to improve their home’s energy efficiency.

Don’t spend another month paying more than you should for energy costs. Call Cool Blew’s Home Energy Audit Service today at 623-872-2900.

How Much Insulation Do You Need?

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There really isn’t any one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how much insulation you need in your home. As a rule of thumb however, it centers around the climate in your area and the cost of energy which supplies your home. Since insulation retains warmth or heat which can add to the comfort of all occupants in the home, and can help keep your utility bills lower, it’s certainly worth maintaining the proper level of insulation.

If you really want to be sure about having the proper levels of insulation at your home in Surprise, Phoenix, Sun City, Scottsdale, Peoria, or Glendale, you can simply call the experts at Cool Blew Inc. and have the heating and cooling professionals determine all that for you. And if you are the do-it-yourselfer type, you can use the information below to help you figure out how much insulation your home needs to be well protected.

DOE recommendation

The Department of Energy has issued a chart which recommends the proper levels of insulation for each of the geographic areas of the United States, and the climates which can be expected there. These recommendations are made in the form of R-values, which are measures of the effectiveness of any insulating material for its resistance to transferal of heat.

As R-values go higher, so does the insulating material’s ability to resist heat transfer, which makes the higher R-values more desirable in terms of insulating effectiveness. This chart depicts various areas of the home and the appropriate levels of insulation for each, for instance floor insulation, attics, and rooms with cathedral ceilings. It also shows how each of these should be insulated in the various climatic zones across the country. If you don’t want to bother calculating or using the chart, simply insulate to R-60, which is a high level that you can’t go wrong with at any location.

Attic insulation

If you’re using blanket-type insulation rolls, they should be at least 12 inches thick in your attic, although 15 or 20 inches would be even better. Anything less than 12 inches means that you’re probably letting warm or cool air escape, and wasting money on your energy bills. For do-it-yourselfers, this is one of the most cost-effective projects you can undertake in the home, and it’s well worth the cost of whatever insulating materials you use.

Wall insulation

Without a doubt, wall insulation should be as thick as you can possibly make it, and there’s really no way you can overstuff the insulation between walls. It should also go literally from floor to ceiling, with no missing areas or gaps in the wall coverage. If this is a project you’re doing yourself, make sure to wrap the insulation snugly around the ductwork, all plumbing fixtures and piping, the electrical boxes, and all wiring or cabling which runs through the walls.

Can Spray Foam Insulation Really Save You Money?

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Can Spray Foam Insulation Save You Money-Peoria InsulationYour home’s insulation is like an extra layer of skin, shielding you from the elements and acting as a barrier to unwanted air leakage.

Or at least that’s what it is supposed to do. All too often, gaps, holes, breaks, warps, uncovered nooks, unreached corners and unseen crevices compromise your insulation’s integrity.

The average American home loses 20-30 percent of its heated or cooled air to leakage. Consequently furnaces and air conditioners have to work overtime to catch up with the losses – while you have to work overtime to make enough money to pay your bloated energy bills.

But there is a remedy. Continue reading