Atlantic Spray Systems at the Richmond Home Show

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is delighted to participate in the upcoming Richmond Home Show, scheduled October 12 and 13 at the Richmond Raceway Complex! This popular annual show includes all of the exhibitors you want to meet when planning to make your home more efficient and more beautiful too! Stop by and see us in person, and we’ll answer address all of your questions and curiosities regarding home insulation, energy audits and increasing efficiency! We can’t wait to meet you in person – visit the show’s website for details, parking information, hours and more! http://richmondhomeshow.com

 

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The Big Burn: The Truth About Cellulose Insulation

Concerned about the safety of Cellulose Insulation in the event of fire? This video documents the results of fire safety tests on the insulation, which may surprise you with its fire resistant effects:

The Big Burn: The Truth About Cellulose Insulation

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Find Rebates and Incentives For Your Home Improvements

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is pleased to share a new resource with our clients – just click on the graphic below to access a database of rebates and incentives that can save or earn you money for the home improvements you’ve been considering making. Your list will be customized by geographic region and includes powerful search features to help you find every available benefit for which you qualify. Discover incentives offered by local power and gas companies as well as various tax agencies. Don’t wait – check it out today!

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Can I Insulate My Older Brick Home?

In the 1950’s, brick ranchers were all the rage, and many are still found today. Unfortunately, they weren’t built for maximum energy efficiency, and tend to be plagued with cold walls and other uncomfortable conditions. While some homeowners are willing to invest the time and money to completely upgrade their brick rancher’s insulation, we always consider a multi-step approach to solve the problems while sensitively addressing your overall investment.

One of the less invasive approaches is to seal the top plates in the attic. Cold air drops through here and many homeowners don’t realize that their cold walls aren’t necessarily because they need a higher “R-Value” in their walls, but actually due to the air infiltrating from the attic. The same can be true of the crawl space, so encapsulating that region can also create dramatic improvements and stop the house from drawing up the cold air.

In other cases, air leaks through the outlets and windows. We recommend homeowners attempt to seal up their windows with good silicone, and address other penetrations. Socket gaskets are inexpensive, easy to install and work well, and we often recommend them.

Of course, if necessary, we can drill into brick walls and install spray foam insulation in the space between the exterior and interior walls. This is the most invasive approach, however, and should be the last considered when attempting to improve the comfort and efficiency of an older brick home.

If you would like to know more, please contact us at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

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The History of Building Codes

Just in time for President’s Day, we thought we’d share an interesting piece of historical trivia. While standards for new construction and remodeling, and especially energy efficiency requirements evolve constantly, there is nothing new about the concept of setting basic rules for builders. Did you know that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson advocated for the establishment of building codes? Both were concerned with establishing basic regulations to ensure that public safety would never be compromised due to lack of established standards. Our founding fathers were as concerned as we are that homes and commercial buildings be secure places for our citizens.

Today, many standards are based on the findings and recommendations of the International Code Council, a US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization that is dedicated to building safety. The Council’s recommendations are disseminated in the form of “I-Codes” which are adopted by states and enforced by government agencies. They incorporate standards for building residential and commercial buildings, and address building safety, fire safety and energy efficiency. The codes are also used by agencies like the IRS to establish standards for tax credits, like the $2000 “25L” credit recently extended to include new homes built to certain energy standards in 2012.

The IECC or International Energy Conservation Code is established and revised by the Council and embodies many of the guidelines that we at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. follow to increase the efficiency of local homes and commercial properties. Standards are constantly evolving and we intentionally pursue new educational opportunities and maintain memberships in multiple organizations that help us keep informed about new technology and practices.

If you want to ensure that your home or commercial property is up to the most current standards of energy efficiency, contact us today and we’ll set up a consultation to help you determine your next steps. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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What Is ENERGY STAR?

You are very likely familiar with the name ENERGY STAR, and have seen it on new appliances as well as on inserts in your power bill. However, do you know what ENERGY STAR actually is and how its programs can help you save money and energy through a variety of improvements to your home?

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed initiative to improve the comfort, efficiency and affordability of US housing. The program issues educational materials, research and recommendations to help homeowners take action to make their homes more environmentally conscious, and to teach contractors to apply best practices to help you reduce wasted energy and utility costs.

You will often find the ENERGY STAR seal on new appliances, and purchasing these highly efficient products can sometimes qualify you for rebates from your utility company or even save you money on your taxes. A simple call to your power and gas providers can help you determine which rebates are available and which products qualify, further reducing the overall cost of energy in your household.

ENERGY STAR supports and promotes the services of highly trained contractors able to perform Energy Audits using technology and observation to get a “whole home” perspective on a building’s efficiency. Certified auditors, like our staff at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc., can evaluate your home and issue a list with suggestions ranging from simple do-it-yourself improvements to larger modifications that can make a huge difference in your power bills. You may even choose to have a follow-up audit taken after you have applied the recommendations to get a more objective view of how much energy you are actually saving.

One method of improvement that ENERGY STAR strongly supports is sealing the “envelope” of a house, preventing conditioned air from escaping and unconditioned air from infiltrating your home. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. specializes in applying spray foam insulation to achieve this in a long-lasting, highly effective way. It’s time to start saving money and increasing comfort – contact us today!

Installing Spray Foam Insulation in Historic Properties

One of our more interesting challenges at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is updating and upgrading insulation in properties that have historic value. In this region, there are numerous houses that trace their origin to the pre-Civil War era, and even earlier, and many more of antebellum fame. These projects require extra care on our part as we simultaneously strive to protect history and preserve it for the future.

Historic Buildings offer us the primary challenge of limited space. Spray foam is the perfect product to stop air infiltration in these notoriously drafty homes. The foam has a higher “R Value” per square inch and can be applied conservatively yet still stop air transfer. To properly insulate historic homes, you must use spray foam.

We have insulated many historic properties with spray foam and have found it well accepted by the community responsible for protecting the integrity of the homes. If you would like to explore spray foam insulation for your historic property, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and we’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your options. We look forward to meeting you!

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and Commercial Insulation Projects

Many times our articles are geared towards homeowners, but Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. also performs a considerable number of improvements on commercial buildings. These projects have special requirements, stringent standards, and most importantly impact the civil and commercial buildings that you patronize every day.

Most commercial projects share the residential goal of improving an air barrier. However, in commercial projects, we usually apply closed cell foam to the outside of buildings, which is then covered with an appropriate façade. These projects must meet high energy code standards and have special insulation needs.

It is an honor to be selected to service these properties, and our commercial work takes us to many interesting locations. We are often chosen to perform work for the military, local government, hospitals and schools. We recently completed a building for the Navy at Little Creek and Ft. Story, and also completed one for Camp Perry. We have featured photos from the air barrier improvement at the Colonial Heights Courthouse which was considered a LEED Silver Project. LEED is how commercial buildings are rated and regulated. Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED Certified buildings meet high standards and are very energy efficient.

Our mix of residential and commercial work helps all of our employees keep current on the latest energy standards and the available products and practices. We are able, as a result, to offer the very best services to our valued customers of all kinds. If you are considering  residential or commercial insulation upgrade, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

Benefits of Upgrading Your Insulation During Roof Replacement

Are you planning to replace your roof or have you just had it replaced? Now is the best time to consult with a spray foam insulation expert and consider conditioning your attic for a more comfortable and more energy efficient home.

During the re-roofing process you will have contractors in the attic space. It is best to check for energy loss right after the roof is complete. An inspection of the space will reveal whether roofing contractors left messy asphalt that needs to be evacuated from the area. It is also the prime opportunity to do mechanical repairs and replacements, a first step in fixing potential leaks.

If you have fiberglass insulation in place, know that it has a shelf life of maybe 10 years, if installed properly. Have it checked once your new roof is complete and consider spray foam as a longer-lasting, more effective alternative.

Is your house 10 years or even 20 years old? So much has changed with the energy code that what was installed even 5 years ago isn’t up to current standards. If you are undertaking a major renovation like re-roofing, it will benefit you in terms of comfort, efficiency, and energy expenses to contact an insulation expert and make sure that you understand how a properly conditioned attic could improve your quality of life.

Contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and we’ll schedule a consultation to review your options with you soon!

Pair New Technology with High Quality Insulation for Better Results

Today’s homeowners are so fortunate to live in an age of technological wonders. Tankless water heaters, geothermal heat, even basic digital thermostats that monitor and moderate the temperature inside our homes – the trend in home technology is increasing comfort and energy efficiency simultaneously for a better living experience.

Did you know that you can make even the most advanced new technology work even better by sealing the “envelope” of your home with expert application of closed-cell spray foam insulation?

If you think about it, it’s intuitive: your appliances are working harder to detect even minor changes in humidity and temperature, and responding by turning on and off so they run only when necessary. However, if you are still losing your conditioned air through leaky attics and crawlspaces, or event through the gaps behind your outlets and through heat transfer from your pipes, your brand new energy-efficient devices are still working harder than they have to, and that is costing you money!

Closed cell foam insulation can seal these leaks and minimize or stop the extra exchange of energy that may make your new appliances and systems work harder than necessary. The foam is environmentally conscious as well, made from renewable resources like soybeans, and unlike older forms of insulation which must be replaced (i.e. discarded) at least once every 10 years, it is applied for the life your home.

If you have recently installed, or are considering installing expensive HVAC systems or other helpful devices in your home, it’s clear that you care about your home’s efficiency and the rising cost of energy. Call Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and ask us how a consultation can help you further improve your results and enjoy the comfortable, efficient home of your dreams.