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  • History of Insulation

    The History of Insulation

    What do mud, cork and wall hangings have in common? It may come as a surprise, but at some time during recorded history, each has played a vital role in furthering human survival. Had substances like these not lent their insulating properties to human housing, mankind as we know it might never have endured the world's weather extremes.

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  • Attic Ventilation Tips & Suggestions

    Few things are more misunderstood about the home than attic ventilation. In essence, all ventilation is about circulating air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. The American Institute of Architects estimates that 90% of homes in the U.S. have unacceptably high levels of moisture. Understanding whether your home could benefit from some form of attic ventilation might just be, if not a life-saver, a roof-saver.

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  • Homeowner Tips - Warm Air In, Cold Air Out

    It only takes one very cold winter for homeowners to reconsider the insulation in their home or the lack thereof. There is a reason that President Obama refers to insulation as “sexy”. Sufficient insulation helps keep the air that you pay to heat inside. Making sure your home is well sealed also helps to keep the cold air outside. Continue reading

  • Green Energy Home Living Tips

    As most of America already knows, this past year has been quite a roller coaster in terms of the economy. Many families are cutting back on their spending habits to reduce the costs of the home. Not many people realize that some of the best tools and tricks to save energy and reduce utility bills are lying around your house. Allow Doctor Energy Smart to share with you a few tips we found are most helpful in reducing pesky high-cost home energy bills. Continue reading

  • Home Health Risks

    It’s unpleasant to think about: could your home be making you or your family sick? The frightening reality is that, for many families, debris and mold in their homes are contributing to chronic problems like respiratory infections, asthma, and worse. These microscopic allergens can be hard to spot, but they’re dangerous and you need to be aware of the warning signs. Continue reading

  • Drafts - Find & Stop Them!

    Even the best heating and cooling systems can fail at keeping your home at a steady, comfortable temperature if drafts are present. It can seem like there’s nothing worse than having to bundle up in blankets to avoid the chill when you want to relax in your living room after a long day. If you notice your heat system kicking on more frequently than you’d like, or your energy bills seem unusually high, it may be time to inspect your home for air leaks and drafts. Continue reading

  • Debunking the R-Value Myth

    The Insulation Myth and the Truth about R-Values

    Fiberglass batts are the most common type of insulation in existing homes across the Northeast US. Homeowners who are taking the time to investigate alternatives to fiberglass, like spray foam insulation, quickly learn the true meaning of "R value" - the rating given to different types of home insulation. Continue reading

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