Archives for March 2012

Current Projects: EVMS Wall Insulation

Insulating the outside surfaces of schools, hospitals and government buildings allows substantial energy improvements while sparing the community from the expense of tearing down and replacing aging structures. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. was recently contracted to make energy upgrades at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).

As demonstrated in these photos, joists were attached to the block walls, between which we sprayed a layer of foam insulation. Once we are finished, attractive aluminum panels will be installed to create a façade over the foam, improving the energy efficiency and upgrading the appearance of the building.

This application process is supported by the Air Barrier Association of America, and is such an effective solution for older buildings that we soon expect to see financial incentives for commercial building owners who make this kind of upgrade.

If you own a commercial building and are experiencing uncomfortably high energy bills, or are planning exterior appearance upgrades that could be enhanced with changes that will ultimately reduce your monthly energy expenses and perhaps even prolong the life of your building and HVAC systems, call our team of experts at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and find out how we can help. Why wait? Call today.

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Attic Encapsulation Improves Energy Efficiency and Saves Money

Unseasonably warm weather has many home owners turning off their heaters and activating their air conditioning units much earlier in the year than expected. Many will experience sluggish performance which can lead to concern that their air handler is inadequate or needs repair.

What many of these home owners don’t realize is that their air conditioning unit is not the problem – the conditions under which it is operating are to blame. Most are located in attics at temperatures of up to 140°F! Can you imagine cooling a house effectively while drawing the source air from a virtual oven?

The solution is “Attic Encapsulation”, insulating the roof with spray foam and creating a cap that stops air leakage. Typically, attics draw air up through the house trapping heat where the air conditioning unit operates. Peak efficiency is achieved only when the air handler is positioned in a conditioned space void of warm, moist air. By encapsulating your attic with a layer of insulation, your cooling system becomes more efficient, saving you money and extending the life of your A/C equipment.

Replacing your air handler can be incredibly costly, as can months of paying for inefficient cooling during a long, hot summer. Instead of subjecting your family to the expense of maintaining poorly operating equipment in a less than ideal environment, consider Attic Encapsulation. Our team at Atlantic Spray can help address your questions and concerns and set you on a path to an energy efficient home. Contact us today!

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Atlantic Spray Production Manager, Bart Bonnano, Achieves Coveted Certification

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that our Production Manager, Bart Bonnano, has completed the required training and testing by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and has received the coveted BPI Building Analyst Certification!

The Building Analyst Certification allows Bart to lead the Atlantic Spray team in conducting valuable and affordable Energy Audits for homeowners concerned with achieving maximum home efficiency. These audits apply technology and strict standards to evaluate the overall efficiency of your home, and identify as many possible solutions, from minor fixes to more complex renovations, to your energy challenges. Keep an eye out for our upcoming articles to better understand how an Energy Audit can save you precious time and money.

According to BPI, “individuals (who) have been trained, tested and certified to BPI’s nationally recognized standards use the house-as-a-system approach to improving the performance of existing homes – an approach proven to reduce home owner annual utility bills by as much as 20% or more.”

We are excited about Bart’s achievement and the positive impact it will have on thousands of residents of this region. If you have any doubt that your home is operating below its optimal efficiency, don’t hesitate to Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. us today and schedule your Energy Audit. We look forward to your call.

Congratulations Bart!

Weatherizing Older, Low-Income Homes | Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc.

Weatherization of older, low-income homes is a critical improvement that not only prolongs the life of the structure but helps the homeowner reduce energy costs. These residents often have fewer resources to make regular repairs and perform major maintenance on their properties and the homes deteriorate with age. When your priority is basic survival, it is easy to sacrifice the costs required to keep a home optimally energy efficient and safe.

Moisture issues, in particular, plague low-income housing. Weaknesses in the air seal allow condensation to creep in and promote the growth of mold which can be highly hazardous to residents’ health. This is particularly devastating in a population with limited access to health care. In response, many communities and organizations have set aside funds to improve the energy efficiency of low-income housing, and Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is often called upon to assist.

If your older home’s energy demands are draining your resources, or if you simply want to do your part to save fossil fuels by increasing efficiency, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and ask about your weatherization options today.

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