Your Questions About Spray Foam Insulation… Answered!

As an industry leader in spray foam insulation, we receive questions all the time about the product. What is it, how does it work, what are the benefits, the list goes on! We are happy to answer any and all questions you have about spray foam. To help you get started, we wanted to share a selection from our FAQ page at www.creativeconservation.com:

Q: How much will insulation cost?

A: The cost of insulating your home will vary depending on the size and style of house, the insulating products used, and the strategies implemented (unvented attic, conditioned crawl etc.). Visit our project calculator for more examples

Q: If foam and cellulose are so good, why do most people use fiberglass?

A: Most people use batt insulation because they aren’t given the option to use something better, and aren’t aware that upgrading your insulation system at the construction stage will usually completely pay for itself in the first 1-3 years.

Q: What are conditioned crawlspaces?

A: A conditioned crawl space uses insulation on the walls and a sealed vapor barrier instead of the typical under floor insulation to create an energy efficient space under your home.

Conditioned crawl spaces bring the HVAC equipment, air handler, and ducts into conditioned space. Any duct leakage is lost into the building envelope. Conditioned crawl spaces eliminate moisture intrusion, control relative humidity, and improve indoor air quality. By creating a mini basement, the foundation walls are insulated instead of the crawl ceiling. Conditioned crawl spaces require supply air only (no return), 1 cfm per 50 square feet of floor space.

Q: What are unvented attics?

A: A conditioned attic uses insulation on the underside of your roof deck and gable end walls instead of the typical flat ceiling insulation to create an energy efficient space on top of your home. Read more about unvented attics.

For more information, view our complete FAQ page here.

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Spring Is (Almost) Here… Get Your Garden Ready!

It’s hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner. Here in the Richmond area, it has felt like Spring for quite a while… but that March 20th date will make it official!

It’s not to early to start go ahead and start planning out your garden. In fact, March is the perfect time to plant seeds for vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and broccoli. Last year around this time, we published a post with detailed gardening tips for planting your Spring garden. You can find that post in full here.

If you’re new to gardening, we recommend this blog post from Zacs Garden called, “How to Start a Garden: The Concise Online Guide to Going From Nothing to Something in Your Yard.” Check out his complete guide here.

As always, you can find all of your garden essentials at the Home Energy Store. Stop by and check us out today in Historic Ashland, VA!

Home Energy Store
109 England Street
Ashland, VA 23005

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Home Energy Store!

It’s February – the month of love, and the perfect time to show that special someone you care! The Home Energy Store has a great offer for those looking to give a unique gift this season. Say Happy Valentine’s Day with the Kitras Love hand blown glass ball. This is a free gift with any purchase from the Home Energy Store, through Valentine’s Day only!

Kitras Art Glass is one of the unique products that we carry at the Home Energy Store. Established in 1994, this company creates a variety of beautiful glass-blown products. Their vision is to be recognized as an excellent studio that produces innovative, beautiful and decorative glass objects. They strive to create designs that enhance the modern home, garden and lifestyle. Kitras believes that beautiful things enhance the enjoyment of everyday life because when surrounded by beauty, the spirit is uplifted.

You can read more about Kitras Art Glass here: http://www.kitras.com/aboutus.htm

Visit us at the Home Energy Store and pick up your Kitras Love glass ball with purchase today! 109 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

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Keep Warm Air In, and Cold Air Out!

January and February are typically the coldest months of the year in Virginia. If you have trouble regulating the temperature inside your home, it may be a good time to invest in spray foam insulation!

Spray foam insulation is the perfect solution for keeping warm air in and cold temperatures out. Made from a liquid foam that can expand up to 100 times its original size, spray foam is an environmentally safe and non-toxic way to insulate your home.

Unlike traditional insulation, spray foam is installed by directly spraying the polyurethane foam onto the wall and floor cavities. It can also easily seal hard-to-reach places around electrical outlets and light fixtures. Spray foam is known for its ability to significantly reduce utility costs compared to other types of insulation. Its environmentally-friendly status will make you feel good about what you’re putting in your home.

Some benefits of spray foam insulation include:

  • Ability to seal from air and water infiltration
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • No settling or sagging
  • Environmentally friendly

ceilingContact Creative Conservation today for a free estimate for spray foam insulation in your home!

www.creativeconservation.com

Toll-Free: 800.798.1127

Serving Richmond, Charlottesville, and Roanoke, VA

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Go Green in 2017

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends! Now that 2017 is almost here, it’s a great time to start thinking about what you want out of the New Year. One suggestion is to be kind to the environment. In that spirit, we’ve pulled together a list of 8 eco-friendly resolutions to help you start 2017 off right.

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  1. Say no to plastic. It takes over 50 years for plastic bags to desintigrate. If you haven’t already, you can make the switch to reusable bags to lessen the use of plastic ones.
  2. Start a veggie garden. This is the year to grow your own food! It’s a great way to help the environment and feed your family right outside your door. At the Home Energy Store, we have everything you need to get started on this in the Spring.
  3. Go digital. The internet has opened up so many possibilities, including the option to purchase music and books online. This is a great way to reduce plastic waste and limit the use of paper material.
  4. Eat organic as much as possible. Organic costs a bit more up front, but this is money well spent because your food will be more nutritious, and you can be sure that your food was grown in a way that helped protect and enhance the ecosystem it was grown in.
  5. Use your own water bottle. The amount of oil used to create plastic water bottles each year is astronomical. Anything we can do to quickly and permanently phase out disposable plastic bottles would help improve our relationship with the people living in oil and gas-rich nations, protect ecosystems, save resources, reduce waste and deadly pollution, and save money.
  6. Hang your laundry to dry. Industrial, commercial, and residential clothes dryers use about 15-20% of domestic energy alone. Even using a clothesline or folded drying rack part-time would help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  7. RECYCLE. You can get the whole family involved with separating out aluminum, plastics, and paper. Locate and check into all the options at your local recycling center.
  8. Consider spray foam insulation. This environmentally-friendly home insulation product is labeled as NO VOC, meaning it is free of volatile organic compounds. The benefits of spray foam also include better indoor air quality and better air flow.

Turn over a new leaf and go green in 2017!

Sources:

http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/10-green-new-years-resolutions

http://www.earthfirst.net.au/ten-simple-green-new-years-resolutions.html

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