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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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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Planning to Remodel? Consider Upgrading Your Insulation at the Same Time.

Are you planning to remodel part, or much, of your home soon? The ideal time to consider upgrading your insulation is before you begin construction.

As you plan your improvements, schedule an assessment of your home’s efficiency. An energy audit can reveal many different adjustments you can make that could result in savings on your power bill as well as a more efficient home. Let our specialists perform a blower door test and create a custom list of modifications that you can carefully consider during your remodel.

If you are considering encapsulating your attic or conditioning your crawl space, wouldn’t you prefer to do these things as your other contractors finish their construction and rewiring? Plan ahead so you can have your old insulation safely and neatly removed, and new insulation installed before repainting and refinishing occurs.

Upgraded insulation is the perfect complement to today’s new materials and new technology. During your remodel, your contractors are likely to use other, more energy efficient appliances and products. By tightening the envelope of your home, preventing conditioned air from leaking out and contaminated, unconditioned air from seeping in, you can create a safer home environment that promotes durability and even improves the value of your property.

It’s easy to get started. Just call our professionals at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and we’ll help you make a plan to efficiently and comfortably upgrade your insulation. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Spray Foam Insulation and Roof Shingles – Dispelling Myths

There is a common misconception among homeowners that having spray foam insulation installed underneath the roof causes too much heat to build up under shingles, leading to damage or invalidating the shingle warranty. The truth is that heat does build up under shingles, but the rise in temperature is negligible.

It is true that you can never install fiberglass insulation up against your roof; however the reason is that air can pass through the insulation and cause condensation to build up under the shingles. Spray foam insulation does not trap air against the shingles so the dew point is irrelevant. In the past, contractors ventilated the roof to allow moisture to escape, not heat. A misunderstanding of the process led consumers and even manufacturers to back away from spray foaming near the roof.

Today, many shingle manufacturers accept spray foam insulation and understand that it creates a superior, tight environment that makes homes more comfortable and efficient. You can now have your contractor help you choose a shingle manufacturer that will warrant its products without worrying that your choice of the best foam products will jeopardize your roof’s integrity and longevity.

If you are planning to have your home re-roofed, or are building a new home, consult with your spray foam insulation specialist today to help you formulate the very best plan for your property.

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!

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.

Congress Extends Tax Credit for Eligible Contractors who Build New Energy Efficient Homes

Great news for contractors who built new energy efficient homes in 2012 – as part of the recent fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress extended the 25L tax credit. The legislation provides a tax incentive for builders who can provide proof that their new home provides a level of heating and cooling energy consumption that is at least 50 percent below that of a comparable dwelling unit constructed in accordance with the 2006 IECC. The tax credit is retroactive to homes sold from January 1, 2012.

 

Builders who want to claim the $2000 tax credit should refer to IRS form 8908. For more specific information, you may refer to the 2011 documents that explain who can claim the credit and how here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8908.pdf. Contact your tax professional to confirm eligibility and to find out if you have any other opportunities to claim credits for energy efficient modifications to your new or existing home.

 

Who is an eligible contractor? The IRS form states: “An eligible contractor is the person that

constructed a qualified energy efficient home (or produced a qualified energy efficient home that is a manufactured home). A person must own and have a basis in the qualified energy efficient home during its construction to qualify as an eligible contractor with respect to the home. For example, if the person that hires a third party contractor to construct the home  owns and has the basis in the home during construction, the person that hires the third party contractor is the eligible contractor and the third party contractor is not an eligible contractor.” If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact your tax professional to confirm.

 

As national concern over energy independence and conservation heightens, and the economy continues to pressure homeowners to save money wherever possible, tax incentives and utility rebates are likely to become more common. Be sure to follow proposed legislation, and occasionally check with your power and water providers to ensure you are taking full advantage of the savings available to you. And contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today to find out how an energy audit may help you establish a baseline and identify points of possible improvement so you can ensure your home is operating at maximum efficiency. We look forward to speaking with you soon!