For most homeowners, working with a home performance contractor is a new experience. To help explain the entire process, please review the following steps:
Step 1: A DeVere Insulation Home Performance representative will visit your home to review the site and discuss any recommended work. Your representative will build the scope of work and proposal and provide it to you for your review.
Step 2: After receiving the proposal, please review the proposal, terms and conditions.
Step 3: You may choose to schedule time to review the proposal with the salesperson to address any questions regarding the work outlined in the proposal.
Step 4: When you are ready to proceed with work, please submit the signed proposal to DeVere Insulation Home Performance via email or fax.
Step 5: A DeVere Insulation Home Performance representative will be in contact to schedule the job and review available payment options. In the majority of cases, payment is collected at the end of the job either by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Step 6: Review our Homeowner Checklist for information on what to expect the day of install and how to prepare your home.
DeVere Insulation Home Performance is not responsible for moving any furniture or personal belongings in a customer’s home. If there are belongings or furniture that affects the crew from performing the work safely, the job will be rescheduled for a later date. Any expenses incurred due to a reschedule will be added to the project cost.
Step 7: On the day of install our crew will complete the work specified on the contract. If the scope of work changes, DeVere Insulation Home Performance will be in contact and discuss how to proceed. A change order would need to be signed prior to beginning any revised or additional work.
Step 8: Once all work is complete, DeVere Insulation Home Performance will provide a completion form and payment options.
Step 9: If you have had an energy audit on your home, please contact the auditor to have a test out performed. The auditor will submit the utility paperwork once the test out is complete and payment has been made.
When homeowners get ready for winter, it’s common to think about attic insulation, windows and similar areas that can be affected by cold temps. It’s easy to overlook water pipes -and they can cause immense damage if they freeze and break.
When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, it can quickly become damaged. When water freezes, it can expand up to ten percent in volume. This creates additional pressure on the pipes and valves in the system.
It’s important to keep pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here are some ways to protect pipes from the cold:
Adding insulation to walls that would affect water pipes.
Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
Re-route any pipes that are on an outside wall to an inside wall. If this isn’t an option, during cold temps keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.
Seal cracks or gaps in the foundation or walls that could allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.
Don’t wait for your home to be damaged from frozen pipes. Contact our office and schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.
The icicles hanging from your roof may look pretty, but they may be a sign of a bigger problem. Icicles can be a sign of ice dams – chunks of ice that form along the edges of your roof. Ice dams typically form when snow melts on your roof, water pools on the edge of the roofline and refreezes. During the freeze, the ice can back up under the roofing material and create ice dams. Ice dams result in water seeping into soffits, walls and even ceilings. Damage goes far beyond cosmetic issues – your home’s structure can suffer from moisture damage and even rot.
There are three key steps we recommend to reduce the risk of ice dams:
1. Seal Air Leaks
Approximately one-third of heat loss in an average home is through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that heat loss comes from air leaks. These can be found in a variety of places such as gaps in drywall and other penetration points around things such as light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and more. By stopping air leakage you’ll not only help minimize ice dams, you’ll save energy and reduce your heating and cooling bills
2. Check your Insulation
Having proper insulation levels in your attic will work to keep the heat where it belongs – in your living space. Uncertain if your insulation level is enough? We can help. We typically recommend adding blown-in fiberglass insulation to attics of existing homes to fill open spaces around your current insulation.
3. Add roof and soffit vents
Proper ventilation is an important part of attic insulation. A qualified insulation contractor will be able to determine if your attic has proper venting, and if not, how that can be corrected to ensure your attic has proper air flow.
Even if your home has adequate insulation and proper venting, large amounts of snow and the weight of that snow can result in roof damage. After a large snowfall it’s recommended to rake the snow from your roof to remove some of the weight and allow any water to flow off the roof.
Still have questions on how to prevent ice dams in your home? Contact us!
From controlling lights at home via a mobile app to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, the options for decreasing energy use can be daunting. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest new technologies for your home that can help save big on energy costs.
1. High Tech Thermostats
Smart thermostats are nothing new when it comes to cutting down on home energy use and heating and cooling costs. The Nest Learning Thermostat adjusts your home’s temperature based on your own lifestyle and schedule. The Nest learns your habits so it can automatically adjust the temperature, it even integrates with the weather forecast and adjusts accordingly. According to Nest, the $249 price tag can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills with its use.
2. Smart Appliances
New smart appliances have the ability to communicate with the smart grid which uses information to communicate the personal habits of electricity consumers back to the energy companies. Smart appliances will be able to communicate with the smart grid and as a result automatically know optimal times to perform their functions. These times will be at the off-peak hours allowing you to save money by not incurring a peak time higher rate.
3. Smart Power Strips
Traditional power strips are an easy way to expand the number of electrical outlets in your home. But their convenience can encourage you to leave electronics plugged in all the time — and many devices keep drawing power even when you’re not using them. Printers, DVD players, computers and plasma TVs are all examples of products with standby modes that make them convenient to use but suck significant power on the sly. This so-called phantom power drain costs you money and wastes electricity. Smart power strips, on the other hand, work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Doing so may save you some serious cash. Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of your household energy consumption.
4. Home-Automation Lighting
It’s been long-encouraged that switching to LED lighting is the way to go in order to cut back on energy usage and costs. Now you can take it a step further by controlling energy-efficient lighting with custom-made hardware that can adjust switches from anywhere.
Looking to save even more? ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can save up to 10% on their total annual energy bill by air sealing and insulating. Contact us today to learn more and for a free estimate.