Top 7 Summer Energy Saving Tips

When the heat is on and your energy bills are skyrocketing, it’s time to do what you can to save energy!  There are many ways to reduce your energy useage, but here are the top 7:Heat Loss

  • Keep your thermostat set between 78 – 85 degrees when you’re at home.  When you leave for at least a few hours be sure it is set at around 85.
  • Use fans to circulate the air in rooms that you’re in.  When you leave the room, turn them off.  Fans will cool the people in aa room, but not the air!
  • Avoid having heat build up indoors by keeping blinds and curtains drawn, cook outdoors instead of on the stove, eat cold meals or use a microwave.
  • Energy StarRun appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer at night when it’s cooler and the cost of energy is lower.  Replace older appliances with new energy efficient models.
  • If it’s cool outside at night, open your windows to catch a cooling breeze.
  • Be sure your home is well insulated.Old Window
  • Replace old drafty windows with new energy efficient ones.

For more energy saving tips call the experts at Banker Insulation at (602) 273-1261.  They are great at finding ways to save you money every day on your energy bills!

Save Money and the Earth With an Energy Audit

Heat LossSaving money on your utility bills could be as simple as getting a qualified company to come in and do an energy audit of your home.  If your home was built before 1985, you could stand to save a significant amount of money!  The older a home is, the more likely it is that you would benefit from an energy audit.

Before 1950, insulation was not always put into the walls of a home.  An audit would find a problem like that, as well as others.  Sometimes insulation inside of walls can settle over time, or there may not be enough of it.  Drafts felt in a home could also indicate that there’s not enough insulation, or simply that there are air leaks that need to be sealed correctly.  Certain styles of homes are more prone to energy loss in certain areas.  Cape Cods, tri-level homes and homes built with living space over the garage are examples of a few designs that are less energy efficient than others, but every home is different.  If your Energy Starenergy bills are high, it’s best to have an audit done to find out why.  Your local utility company or the federal Energy Star program may even offer discounts on the improvements that are recommended to you by the auditor!  You can get more information on the Energy Star program by clicking here.

A complete and proper energy audit should take about three hours to complete.  A qualified auditor will use tools to help with the audit to make it more accurate.  For instance, an infrared camera measures the temperature of the walls to Escaping Moneydetermine if there’s any missing insulation.  Qualified energy auditors will also have been trained in building science and have gotten certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) or RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network.  Banker Insulation has many qualified technicians who can perform energy audits.  For more information or to make an appointment to have an audit done on your home, call Banker Insulation at (602) 273-1261.

 

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Insulate Your Garage Before Summer Heats Up

Your garage can be one cause of higher than normal energy bills during the hot summer months.  Cooled air can leak out of your garage door allowing hot air to build up in the garage, which will then warm up your home and cause your air conditioning system to work harder.  There are a few things you can do to help keep your garage cooler, which will help keep your energy bills down.

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One of the easiest ways that you can save money on your energy bill is to have your garage door insulated.  This should be done by qualified insulation professionals such as the ones at Banker Insulation.  The extra weight of the insulation can cause the garage door opener to malfunction if it is not installed properly.  Another way to keep your energy bills lower is by insulating the walls and ceiling of your garage.

One more way to help keep your garage cool is to have a ventilated garage door installed.  This will help keep air flowing through your garage to prevent hot air from building up inside.  You can also install a ventilation fan that will help keep the air moving as well.

Garages Choose a light colored garage door, or paint your existing door a lighter color such as beige or white.  Dark colored doors absorb the heat from the sun and heat them up which causes the garage to heat up!  Before painting your garage door you can caulk any visible gaps between the garage door and the garage frame with silicone caulk.  When you do this, be careful not to apply the caulk to any of the door’s moving parts!  Also, Banker Insulation can install weather stripping along the bottom of the door to keep the heat out and your garage cool.   If you have any questions about ways you can improve your garage’s insulation and lower your energy bills give Banker Insulation a call at (602) 273-1261 or visit them on the web, here.

Advantages of Cellulose Insulation

NewspapersCellulose is one of the oldest types of insulating material in use today. Some examples of cellulose based insulators are, cotton, straw, corncob and newspaper. There are four major types of cellulose insulation. They are, dry cellulose, spray cellulose, stabilized cellulose and low dust cellulose. Each type has its own specific uses.  Dry cellulose is mainly used in older homes and is blown into the walls through holes drilled into the walls.  Spray cellulose is used in new construction and is wet when it is applied.  Stabilized cellulose is mainly used in attics and roofs. Low-dust cellulose is used in places where the dust made during installation would cause a problem. It is specially treated to keep the amount of dust to a minimum. There are numerous advantages to using a cellulose based insulation product in your home or building and some of them are listed below:

1. The cellulose insulation used today is made from recycled Think Greennewspapers with a fire retardant added to them.  Because of its recycled newspaper content, cellulose insulation is a green product.

2. Because of the density of cellulose insulation, buildings that are insulated with it are better protected from fire damage.

Cellulose Insulation3. Cellulose insulation makes buildings more energy efficient.  It fills in cracks and spaces where air could pass through, around objects like pipes and wiring, so it will save you money on heating and cooling costs.

4. Cellulose insulation has some soundproofing qualities. It reduces the amount of noise that travels from room to room.

5. There is an additive in cellulose insulation that greatly inhibits the growth of mold.

If you have any questions about cellulose insulation give Banker Insulation a call at

(602) 273-1261, or visit our website by clicking here.

Remedies for Drafty Windows

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Drafty windows can account for more than 30 percent of an average home’s heating losses no matter how old or new they are!   Sealing air leaks, repairing broken windows and also investing in better insulation can be some solutions you might want to try to fix this problem.

Weatherstripping InstallationAnother possible solution, if your current windows are in good shape, or if you’re renting your home, is installing some storm windows.  “Low-e” or low emissivity windows can increase energy efficiency and indoor comfort at about twenty five percent of the cost of replacing the whole window.   A storm window that is not low-e can still help you save energy and money, but using low-e windows is much more cost effective.  They pay for themselves in an average of two to four years.  They can save you 12-33 percent on your energy bills over the course of a year.  Utility companies may even offer incentives to install them in your home!

The best overall, long term solution to the problem of drafty windows is to install energy Caulking  a Windowefficient replacement windows.  If the cost of this option is too prohibitive for you, don’t fear, there are a few other less costly options you can try.  Caulking and weatherstripping are two of the more inexpensive methods of correcting drafty windows.  Thermal draperies can also be used, but keep in mind that if your windows are drafty, draperies will not correct that issue.

Insulating window panels are one more option.  These are made of anWindow Film insulating material that is encased in a wood or metal frame that attaches to the interior side of the window frame with magnets or Velcro.  These types of panels completely obstruct the view from the windows that they cover.  Another effective option to consider is window film.  While window film does not obstruct your view, it does prohibit you from opening the window until you remove the film.

If you have any questions about how to correct drafty windows in your home, call Banker Insulation at (877) 708-7815, or visit them on the web by clicking here.

 

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Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

There are many advantages to insulating with spray foam! Some of them are:

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• structural benefits
• financial benefits

Spray foam insulation helps eliminate air leaks, which can account for 30% of a home’s annual heating and cooling expenses. This also helps control the growth of mildew and mold, which can cause a multitude of serious health issues, by reducing the amount of water vapor that gets in through air leakage. It improves indoor air quality in much the same way. Less air leakage means less dust and pollen can get in, which is great for people with allergies.

Commercial Spray FoamSpray foam can also add significant structural strength to walls during high winds. It adds resistance to high wind uplift and blow-off in the roof due to its lack of fasteners like nails and screws, and the lack of joints or edges.

Another great benefit of spray foam is noise reduction! It can help reduce airborne noise, which is made by stereos, talking, game systems and televisions. It does this by sealing every crack and crevice that would allow these noises to travel. It also reduces flanking noise, which is when sound travels through spaces along plumbing pipes, electrical outlets, recessed light fixtures and framing connections.

Of course spray foam insulation will also save you money! It allows heating and cooling systems to be much more energy efficient by sealing all of the places where air can travel into or out of buildings. Spray foam insulation can help homeowners qualify for grants and tax credits too!  Take a look at this video that talks about spray foam insulation’s benefits:

If you have any questions contact Banker Insulation at (877) 708-7815 or visit our website for more information!

 

It’s National Tradesmen Day!

Honoring the Banker Insulation Team on National Tradesmen Day!

Today is National Tradesmen Day! At Banker Insulation we want to honor all of the hard working & dedicated men & women that keep us running strong.  We honor our own team of tradesmen & send a shout out to all of you too! It’s your hands & hard work that have built American and keep it running strong.  Today, we are proud to honor YOU!

“National Tradesmen Day, initiated by IRWIN Tools, aims to heighten awareness of the role national tradesman day logoof professional tradesmen, who are the central focus on this occasion. Tradesmen contribute so meaningfully to our lives in so many ways. From building our homes, schools, and churches; to keeping our cars running; to keeping our lights on and keeping us warm; to fixing our leaky pipes – America’s professional tradesmen are the backbone of our nation. For some people, it’s just a job – a means to an end. But for professional tradesmen, it’s often a calling. And, it’s not just about doing their work – it’s about doing their life’s work. To show respect to the role that professional tradesmen play in the world, National Tradesmen Day places great value on the contributions they make to society each and every day.” 

Resource Article: National Day Calendar

“The ‘National Tradesmen Day’ emblem is a distinct graphical icon that spotlights the ‘real’ working hands. The logo-mark shows an uplifted hand—an image of strength and confidence—clenching a pair of VISE-GRIP® locking pliers, a long-standing universal symbol of work and productivity. This image conveys power and is a ‘quick-read’ for the role of tradesmen in our lives.” (Wikipedia) national tradesmen day infographicTo meet one of our very own Professional Tradesmen contact Banker Insulation today!  We provide professional service for Insulation Services, Insulation Installation, Re-Insulation, Fireplace Services, Sound Control, Wall Spray, and Spray Polyurethane Foam at commercial or residential locations. We offer a variety of insulation products such as Greenfiber, Heat-n-glo fireplaces, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation, Lennox Hearth Products, Monessen Hearth Products, Dimplex. Please call us today with all your commercial or home insulation needs. Visit our website, Send an Email or call us at 877-708-7815.

Thank you Irwin Tools for initiating the National Tradesmen Day.

Enter To Win A Fireplace!

At Banker Insulation we offer a variety of insulation services for both residential and commercial needs…but did you know that our highly skilled contractors can offer more to you than just insulation products? We also offer many products that add a finishing touch to your home, such as Heat & Glo fireplaces.  These modern day fireplaces are great for indoor or outdoors, available in wood burning, gas or electric.  To see a full list of fireplaces please visit our website.

“Experience fire in new ways with this REVOlutionary new series.” ~ Heat & Glo.

heatngloThe brand new Heat & Glo REVO fireplace features a patented, invisible Razor™ burner, a reflective black glass interior, and a slender, 7-inch deep profile. The REVO fireplace is available in three sleek models (square, linear, vertical), making it a versatile addition to just about any space!” Quote from Heat & Glo

AND, right now you can enter to win a new REVO gas fireplace, thanks to our friends at Heat & Glo.  The grand prize is a new REVO gas fireplace ($6,000 value) or one of seven $100 American Express Gift Card weekly prizes.  Click here to enter to win!

Banker Insulation is ready to install your new fireplace today!  Our excellent service is available in ten locations serving Arizona, Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico & Washington. To schedule your estimate please call 877-708-7815, send an email or visit our website.

 

We Are Thinking Green!

thinkgreenDid you know that at Banker Insulation we are thinking green?  Yes, we are going green — Green Fiber  that is!  We care about Mother Earth and are happy to do our part towards a cleaner environment. That is why we offer Green Fiber Insulation. As a homeowner it gives you a safe, cost effective solution to your insulation needs.  As a retailer or dealer you can offer a quality product that is the from the nation’s leading natural fiber insulation manufacturer. Plus, since Green Fiber is made out of over 85% recycled materials it is logo_greenfiberrecognized by the federal government & agencies as an environmentally-preferred product; therefore, many homeowners may qualify for a federal tax credit.*  We are proud to offer Green Fiber Insulation to you.

Thinking green is just one one of many ways we are do our part towards a better planet while serving the needs of homeowners & businesses across the nation. Banker Insulation is committed to providing professional service for Insulation Services, Insulation Installation, Re-Insulation, Fireplace Services, Sound Control, Wall Spray, and Spray Polyurethane Foam at commercial or residential locations. We offer a variety of insulation products such as Green Fiber, Heat-n-glo fireplaces, Johns Manville, Knauf Insulation, Lennox Hearth Products, Monessen Hearth Products, Dimplex. For more info on the products & services offered by Banker Insulation visit our website or contact us today!

GO_GREENCurious about what you can do to go green?

Here are 50 ways you can help the planet.

 

* Please talk to your tax advisor for details on tax credit benefits & how/if it applies to you.

Sound Proofing and Noise Control

Optimal control of noise in buildings will be achieved with a few general practices coupled with the appropriate knowledge and understanding of how sound travels through objects.

To begin with,  what exactly is sound?
Sound is the oscillation of pressure transported through a medium. Such as air or water. We interpret the vibrations through the frequency in which they travel. The frequency of sound is referred to as pitch. Sound tends to move faster along denser materials. Because air is not extremely dense, the speed of sound travels at a lower rate than that of which is transmitted through steel or a table top.

With that theory in mind, that sound travels not only faster, but more easily through dense material, we can apply that concept to our homes and our offices.

There are two forms of sound. The first is structure born sound. As we mentioned, the oscillations, or vibrations travel through some medium. It could be the floorboard of the house, or the ceiling. That is why we hear someone walking a few doors down, or someone is busy vacuuming upstairs. The sound we perceive travels through the wood, or through or ceiling structures. Usually  acoustical engineers and sound-cancellation specialists attempt to abate the weakest link first. The weakest link tends to be the structural form of sound.

The second kind of sound is airborne sound. That is the neighbors mower, the airplanes flying overhead, cars passing by.

What can we do if we want to “stop” sound? Let us define sound absorption. it is the capability of a surface or material to absorb sound instead of reflecting it.  We use mass and space. Mass will block the airborne sound, but space will keep the sound that is traveling through our structures  separate from our enclosed area.  We do this using the decoupling method. The image below illustrates decoupling.

decoupledThe insulation used is a special kind of mineral fiber insulation. Banker insulation carries this kind of insulation and uses it for sound control projects.

There are other factors that we take into careful consideration. We may need to sound proof the door, the air conditioning unit,  the lighting fixtures, and the windows, In some projects, it is just as important to retain the sound in the room as it is to keep noise out of the room.

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For more information on sound proofing contact Banker Insulation or call toll free. (505) 341-4600