The 411 On Insulation

The 411 On Insulation

What is attic insulation?

What do you imagine when you read the word ‘insulation’?

If you imagine the pink, cotton-candy fluff that hangs out in your attic, you’re going in the right direction.

Many homeowners know what insulation looks like, but don’t know exactly how it is working in their home. More importantly, they aren’t sure when it’s NOT working — and costing them money.

Insulation comes in a variety of different types and sizes. Insulation performs some of the most important functions but is oftentimes one of the most overlooked things in the house.

Its main function is providing resistance to heat flow and helping to lower heating and cooling costs.

The Department of Energy lists nine different types of insulation on its website.

Some forms are bulky and are comprised of fiberglass, wool, cellulose, and natural fibers. Other forms of insulation are sleek foils and rigid foam boards.

Each type of insulation has good and bad. A certain type of insulation may be more effective than another.

Regardless of its form, insulation’s primary role is to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve home comfort.

Why is attic insulation important?

Insulation acts like a sweater to keep everything that’s surrounded by it warm and happy. Attic insulation regulates a large part of the home’s internal temperature.

It provides a critical barrier to the elements and the temperature changes that occur. The Department of Energy suggests attic insulation should have no less of an R-value of R-30. This guarantees home comfort throughout the seasons.

During the colder months, insulation in the attic works to regulate the temperature inside the home. It does this by keeping the warm air in and keeping the cold air out.

During the summertime, insulation protects the home from the heat by keeping the house cool. Insulation helps keep air-conditioned rooms at a comfortable temperature.

Insulation is key to maintaining home comfort and helping you avoid wasting money on air conditioning costs.

Acting as a barrier, insulation helps keep unwanted environmental toxins outside of your home.

When attic insulation decays or degrades, it stops performing how it is meant to. When this happens, the internal temperature of the home may begin to fluctuate or become irregular.

Old and damaged insulation contributes significantly to the home’s overall energy efficiency. As a result, fluctuating temperatures can cause substantial increases in the energy bill.

It is key to have insulation that is in top condition in order to keep your energy costs from increasing.

What are some common problems that can affect insulation?

Uneven blown insulation

Homeowners can rent a machine to install their own insulation. However, the material is rarely distributed evenly throughout the attic.

This leads to large amounts of insulation in one area and not enough insulation in other areas. Uneven distribution of insulation dramatically reduces its effectiveness.

Areas of missing insulation at skylights

The enclosed shaft that runs through the attic to the skylight requires insulation around it. Installed insulation batts in these areas are prone to loosening and falling onto the floor of the attic.

Missing insulation at repaired areas

This may sound like a silly one. Insulation is often moved during a repair and is never put back into place.

When making repairs, be sure that the insulation is properly installed.

Compacted insulation

This problem may sound interesting, but it is common. Insulation loses its effectiveness when it is constantly being compressed by being walked on or having boxes stored on it loses its insulation ability.

Insufficient R-value 

Over the years, fiberglass batt insulation gradually collapses and deteriorates. This lowers the insulation’s R-value. High R-value keeps the cozy, warm air in your home in the winter and keeps cool, refreshing air in your home during the summer.

No insulation in areas that have been converted to living spaces 

It’s easy to forget that porches, carports, attic spaces, or garages that are remodeled need insulation in order to keep your home comfortable and to avoid high energy costs.

No adequate insulation in kneewalls

 Kneewalls are vertical walls between the house and the attic. These typically occur where ceiling heights change. Vaulted ceilings or skylight wells require proper installation.

Uninsulated attic access

 Insulation at the attic access point is essential. A batt of fiberglass insulation can easily be attached to the piece of sheetrock that covers the access point.

What could damage my insulation?

As homes age, it is common for insulation issues to come to light. Homeowners often do not know that there is a problem with their installation until they actually go into the attic to get into their storage.

Insulation problems related to age include old and deteriorating insulation to fallen insulation within the attic’s interior walls.

Age

Insulation may also be affected by other factors such as harbored allergens, toxins, or mold. If left unaddressed, these problems have the potential to cause sickness.

These problems could also cause damage to the structure of your home. Monitoring the insulation in the attic can dramatically lower energy costs and improve the health of your loved ones.

Pests

There is also a likelihood that pests have made their way and possibly even made their homes in your attic insulation. Pests like bugs, small critters, and bats consider attic insulation a safe, warm, and secure environment without disruption.

There is a high chance that pests are living in your attic if your attic is not used frequently, or has points that are weak and exposed to the elements.

A sign of a pest problem in your attic is the presence of scratching noises or unexplained movement in your attic. It is imperative to remove the damaged insulation once a pest problem is identified.

Ice dams

 Ice dams occur in the wintertime when warm air rises to the top of your snow-covered roof. The warm air melts the snow at the top of the roof.

Melted snow then flows down to the eaves and gutters where it then refreezes. The build-up of ice prevents proper drainage and results in water seeping back into the home. This water causes damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

If you are uncertain about the state of your attic insulation, ACES Lyfe will be able to help you.

How do I fix my insulation problems?

ACES Lyfe is here to help you fix any insulation problems you have and restore the comfort level you are looking for back to your home.

Our insulation products are some of the best in the industry and are sure to keep your energy costs down. Our Multi-layer insulation is a revolutionary technology that was developed by NASA. It can cut your energy costs in half!

ACES Lyfe can conduct a free energy assessment on your home and help you know the best places to install your installation and what other steps you can take to create a more energy efficient home.

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Your ROI On Energy Efficiency Products

Your ROI On Energy Efficiency Products

There are many factors that come into play when you are deciding if upgrading to a more energy efficient space is the best for you.

Will it really be worth it? Will it be another thing that I need to add to my budget? How are these products going to make my home better?

Money seems to be the biggest factor when deciding if energy efficiency products are right for your home, but there are other things that need to be taken into account such as time, comfort, convenience, etc.

All of these components help us make a purchase decision. But, often times, out of all of the factors, money seems to have the most power in the decision.

The ROI

We often ask ourselves, “If I’m going to invest or make a purchase, what is the Return On Investment (ROI)?”

Many of the things we spend our money on have no measurable ROI. Money returning back to us does not always happen and if it does we may not fully understand the process.

But, a good example of an ROI can be found when talking about investment properties. People usually don’t purchase an investment property without calculating the ROI and determining if it will be best for their situation.

For example, If we spend $100,000 cash on a rental property and receive $1,000 per month or $12,000 annually back, we should have 12% ROI as long as we don’t have extra costs such as taxes, maintenance, vacancy, etc.

Another important thing to look at is when we will have the full return of our invested money. In the case above, the $100,000 invested will return back to you in 8 years and 4 months at which time all the income you receive is pure profit.

Another factor in the above scenario is increased or decreased value of your asset. We all know that asset values can fluctuate up and down but we hope they increase and keep increasing.

This increase is also a very important factor when we look at “ROI”. Sometimes we can invest in upgrades to our investment property that will increase the income.

For example, you could add in an extra bedroom or upgrade a kitchen. These types of improvements can increase the value thus adding to the ROI in both ways. Energy efficiency products are a great way to increase the value of your home and in turn, increase your ROI.

ROIs and Energy Efficiency

ROI’s don’t only apply to investment properties. ROIs should also be applied to our own home. Our own home can become an important financial investment.

We are basically renting our own home and usually have a mortgage holder that receives the ROI since they loaned us money to purchase the home.

But we can still receive an ROI while we have a mortgage because our loan payment is not the only money we pay out each month. There are a lot more things we pay for each month besides our mortgage.

We pay for taxes, maintenance, utilities such as power, gas, and water and a seemingly endless list of other things that take money each month.

If you can save money or reduce these monthly expenses are you increasing your ROI? Absolutely!

Especially if you can clearly measure the savings and understand that by saving a percent of your expenses, you are returning money back into your pocket which is the whole purpose of measuring your ROI.

Let’s say you currently pay $150 per month for utilities. Then, you decide to invest in energy efficiency products. By investing in energy efficiency products, you can save 30%! That means you could save $45 per month or $540 annually.

If the expense of installing energy efficiency products in your home costs $10,000 and your return is $540 you would have an 18.52% ROI.

Each time the power company increases their rates your overall savings increases by 30% which increases your ROI over time.

Another important factor is the increase in value or appraised value with the installation of energy efficiency products. Many appraisal companies will increase appraisal value if you can show that you have invested in the Energy Efficiency or Clean Energy of the home.

This rate can be as high as 25 times the annual savings. That equates to $13,5000 in the increased value of your home for a $10,000 investment. That would be equal to a 35% equity Increase or a 135% ROI. That sounds like a great ROI if you ask me!

There are many other factors that we base our decisions on that may be more important to us than ROI.

Even if comfort, safety, or convenience are more important to you than the ROI you will receive on your energy efficiency products from Aces Lyfe, than you will be gladly surprised after your energy efficiency products are installed.

You will be amazed at the comfort level of your home as well as the safety that you feel inside. The cherry on top of the scenario is that you will receive an ROI on the investment you made by installing energy efficiency products in your home.

ACES Lyfe And Your ROI

ACES Lyfe is here to help you invest in your home and get a great ROI. Our energy efficiency products are developed with you in mind.

They are created to help you have a more energy efficient space as well as a more comfortable home for you to enjoy. By investing in ACES Lyfe’s energy products, you can increase the value of your home as well as increase the comfort level.

Fill out a form to receive a free energy evaluation and start seeing an ROI on your investment with ACES Lyfe Energy Efficiency products.

Conserve Before Create

Conserve Before Create

At ACES Lyfe, we aim to reduce utility bills by making homes more energy efficient.

Energy efficiency is necessary for homes due to the fact that energy efficiency in a home degrades over time.

As time passes, the insulation in the attic and walls settle and that reduces efficiency.

With each passing year, the air conditioning unit loses efficiency. And the inefficiency of the attic space causes major problems over time.

Homes are continually becoming less and less energy efficient as the times passes.

With our energy efficiency solutions, we are able to solve all of these issues and more.

ACES Solar Strategy

With electric bills continuing to rise at a record pace, solar has become even more important for homeowners to take back control of their finances.

We at ACES Lyfe offer the best solar panels in the industry and the best savings as well.

Traditional solar companies will suggest to homeowners that they will “eliminate one hundred percent of their electrical usage.”

This may be true but only for a short time. As previously stated, homes degrade over time.

Therefore, if solar eliminates one hundred percent of the electrical usage in a home right now, in a few short years that will no longer be the case.

As the efficiency of the home degrades, even with solar, the home will use more energy to keep up with the decrease in efficiency.

Homes over time use more energy than they did when they are new. That solar will soon not be able to produce enough energy to supply the home with all of the power that it now needs.

Along with the degradation of the home, solar panels themselves degrade as well. The technology of solar has come a long way over the past decade in the way of panel efficiency.

However, degradation in solar panels is still an issue when purchasing solar. Over time the solar panels will degrade and lose the efficiency they began with.

Just like a new home, with each passing year, those panels will lose a certain amount of efficiency. That one hundred percent coverage of electrical usage that the solar panels provide today will degrade over time to less than eighty percent in some cases.

The home is degrading, the solar is degrading and that solar investment is becoming less beneficial as time goes on. ACES Lyfe has the solution for that as well.

An Energy Efficient Space

With our energy efficiency solutions, we will make all homes more efficient and keep them there. That means the degradation that the home experiences will now be minimal.

The energy solutions will keep the home at its peak efficiency for the lifetime of the home. Along with the best energy solutions on the market, ACES Lyfe only offers the best solar panels on the market as well.

The solar used by ACES Lyfe has the lowest degradation rate on the market. With these incredible options, we pair them together to overcome the short comes of solar alone.

Keep the home at peak efficiency and have solar panels that degrade the least amount possible is the only way to ensure that your investment will remain an investment for decades to come.

Another benefit to combining solar and energy efficiency together is that by reducing the electrical usage in the home, the home will require fewer solar panels to eliminate the electrical usage.

This saves homeowners thousands of dollars while still achieving the desired outcome. Combining solar and energy efficiency on a home will not only save money, save the planet but also make the home environment more comfortable with energy solutions!

All our homeowners get all of the benefits of solar with the comfort and savings of energy efficiency!

ACES Lyfe is here to help you save money and create a space that is more energy efficient and comfortable.

Fill out or energy efficiency evaluation form below and we will get the process started!

What Is A Heat Alarm?

What Is A Heat Alarm?

What is a heat alarm? This seems like a simple answer right? An alarm that detects heat!

Most people have never heard of a heat alarm before, probably because unlike smoke detectors, they are not a common thing found in stores or in our homes. But should they be?

In order to better understand why a heat alarm is so important, here are a few details about the different types of homes fires that typically occur.

There are two types of fires in a home. Rapidly developing, high heat fires, and slow, smoldering fires. It makes sense that you would want a smoke detector for a smoky fire and a heat alarm for a flaming fire.

Commercial Vs. Residential Fire Protection Coding

Commercial buildings are great examples of fire protection products that can detect smoke and heat.

In addition to smoke detectors, commercial buildings have heat triggered alarms every 10 feet! These heat triggered alarms are fire sprinklers.

Many people don’t know that sprinklers don’t even detect smoke. A room could be filled with smoke where you couldn’t even see your hand in front of you and these sprinklers would not go off.

These sprinklers are designed to go off only when they sense heat.

If commercial spaces have both heat alarms and fire alarms, then why don’t we see both of those in our homes?

Why don’t we see heat sprinklers every ten feet throughout our living spaces? The simple answer is they are not required and sprinklers are very expensive.

The codes for commercial buildings and homes are different. Commercial buildings require the best of the best and our homes require the bare minimum–which is pretty sad considering that we are 80% more likely to die in a home fire than a fire at school or work.

Where Do We Place Smoke Detectors?

Residential code requires builders to install wired-in smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallways outside of the bedrooms, at least one per level of the home and one in the high point.

But isn’t it interesting the rooms where smoke alarms are NOT required to be placed? When most people are asked which rooms or areas of your home are you most likely to have a fire start, they always say the same rooms.

The kitchen when you are still trying to perfect your cooking skills, the laundry room because most people don’t think to clean out their dryer vents, the garage because of cars, power tools, and who knows what else is stored in there and the attic because it seems like a dark, mysterious place that could possibly house some deadly fires.

All of these are viable reasons as to why you would want a smoke detector in these spaces, but according to code, there are no smoke alarms there…Yes, you read that right, you are not supposed to have smoke alarms in some of the areas you are most likely to have a fire start! How does this make any sense?!

The owners manual of the smoke detectors also lists where they should NOT be put. Which you guessed it… includes the list above.

It also adds don’t put them in dusty or dirty areas, insect-infested areas, or any location where the temperature is under 40 degrees or over 100 degrees. Does it get hotter than 100 degrees in a fire?

Most definitely! What temperature do you cook your cookies at? If you put a smoke detector on your cookie sheet and threw that in your oven at 350 degrees…what’s going to happen to it?

It’s going to melt! In a fire, the ceiling temperature reaches over 1000 degrees. There’s no way that a smoke alarm will last in a fire that hot.

When you think about it though, it actually does make sense why they tell you not to put smoke detectors there.

False alarms in the kitchen from burned toast, bacon, and you forgot you had cookies in the oven. We’ve all been there.

When you are cooking and all of a sudden you start hearing BEEP BEEP BEEP! At the moment, you don’t look around and say, “Where is the fire at?” But, you run over to where the smoke alarm is and you rip it off the wall, take out the batteries and then shove it in a drawer until you’re done with the cooking, or until you remember to put it back up again.

So, your smoke alarms let you know when your food is burning, but it doesn’t let you know when your house is on fire and you and your family are in serious danger.

Garages are the same way. They are dusty and dirty. There are bugs and it gets too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

Half of the time, you’ll forget that you even have a smoke alarm out there and then once the batteries die, it will be pretty useless anyway.

With attics, there’s no way you are going to crawl up there on a continual basis to make sure the batteries are all ready to go.

You’d rather have the roaches and insects live in the smoke detector than get up there and change them.

So then what do you do? If smoke alarms are just going to go off to let you know that your bacon is done and if you don’t even think about maintaining the batteries, what is the point of them?

Will they even protect you in case of a fire? Smoke detectors do just what their name implies–they detect smoke. They don’t detect the heat from a fire.

What Is The Solution?

So what is the solution? The codebook recommends HEAT ALARMS.

Heat Alarms are not as common as smoke detectors but they are more fit to alarm you when there is an actual fire in your home and not just when your toast has been in the toaster a little too long.

They are specifically designed to withstand extreme heat in order to sound an alarm when the temperature in your home reaches a high level.

HEAT ALARM FEATURES

* All Metal Construction and will last for decades.
* Requires no Batteries or Electricity. No Maintenance.
* Works the same way as a sprinkler, except it gives off sound instead of water.
* Much more affordable option in a home and won’t leak causing flood damage.
* Rings at over 100 decibels for 5 minutes.
* Withstands up to 1300 Degrees.
* 25-year warranty
* Probability of failure in flaming fire or overheating condition- Less than 1 in a million!

Though they are not meant to replace smoke detectors, heat alarms are a useful supplemental form of fire detection.

A combination of both covers everywhere in your home taking you from a bare minimum coverage to the very best, giving you and your family the most time possible to escape in the event of a fire.

Aces Lyfe has both smoke detectors and heat alarms. Our skilled professionals will conduct an in-home fire safety evaluation and help you know where to place both your smoke detectors and heat alarms and help you create a safe place for you and your family.

Our Fire Safety experts will also create an escape plan for you and your family so you are prepared if a fire strikes your home.

Give us a call today or fill out the form below so we can get your home and your family protected from a fire. 

The Benefits Of Multi-Layered Insulation

The Benefits Of Multi-Layered Insulation

It’s a beautiful, warm night in Utah. As I sit in my kids’ room upstairs, I’m wondering why it’s so hot up here even though I had recently added blown insulation to the attic space and run the air conditioner constantly.

As I used my favorite tool to research (Google), I found that traditional insulation is a thing of the past. Based on simple physics, I found that using a reflective multi-layered insulation developed by NASA has a significantly greater impact in the summer than anything else I can add to my attic space. It makes my home more comfortable and lowers energy costs dramatically!

Blown in Insulation-Limitations

According to the US Department of Energy, traditional insulation absorbs only 10% of radiant heat! Wow! That means there is still 90% of heat being transferred throughout the house and attic. Blown In insulation is similar to a sponge. Just as a sponge fills up with water and no more water can enter into the space, the insulation can only contain a certain amount of heat. Once insulation reaches its saturation point, it becomes wholly ineffective. In physics we learn that hot air travels to cold air. All of that hot air that is not being saturated starts flowing through your home. Once traditional insulation has reached its saturation point, the excess hot air from the attic travels down into my home which makes my air conditioner run more often. We all know what that means; higher electric bills, more wear and tear on my air conditioning, and more money leaving my bank account.

On top of that, 20-50% of the air we breathe comes from the attic. Filling it up with loads and loads of insulation is not going to be good for you health. More insulation attracts more dirt, dust, dust mites, and dust mite excrement to flow into the home causing a myriad of symptoms. You no longer have to blame your allergens on the Utah air. You can blame a lot of your stuffed noses, allergies, and other uncomfortable symptoms on the air that is being pumped into our homes through the attic. Thanks to traditional insulation, you have a semi-cool or semi-warm home, allergens flowing through your home and your money flowing out of your wallet. Doesn’t sound like a great situation to me. You spend most of your time in your home and you deserve to have quality air pumping through your living space.

Cheap prices can be enticing, but don’t let the cheaper cost of traditional insulation fool you. While traditional insulation is generally more cost effective than other types, it also has minimum impact. You really are getting what you pay for. But, on top of that, your electricity bills won’t be lowered and your doctors visits won’t be any less. Once you’re sitting in your Utah home and you receive your electricity bill in the middle of summer, you’ll wish you had spent a little bit more money and got the higher quality insulation. Making an investment in advanced insulation technology is worth it! It can oftentimes pay for itself from day one by creating a significantly more improved comfort level and by drastically lowering energy bills– both gas and electricity.

Benefits of Multi-Layered Insulation

Traditional insulation definitely has its benefits. It was a cost effective way to keep my home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. But, the limitations caused me to seriously research other things I could do to increase the comfort of my living space. In my search, I found a technology that was developed for the rigors of outer space. As you can imagine, with the space station moving from +250 to -250 degrees fahrenheit a total of 16 times per day, NASA obviously researched and tested to determine the best technology for maintaining a tight temperature tolerance inside the envelope of the space station. In a 4 minute clip from an episode on The History Channel, NASA discusses the development of a multi-layered insulation technology.

Rather than ABSORBING only 10% of radiant heat, multi-layered insulation actually REFLECTS/STOPS 97%! When you compare the traditional insulation that was only absorbing 10% and now there is multi-layered insulation that is stopping 97%, its easy to know what insulation you should install in your home.

To put it another way; if you’re being mugged on the streets of New York City, would you rather RESIST the mugger or STOP him dead in his tracks? By stopping the heat almost entirely a neat thing happens. Since the heat is reflected away from my traditional insulation by the Multi Layer Insulation, it never has a chance to move inside my home. With no excess heat moving into my home it obviously increases the level of comfort attained. No heat means my thermostat doesn’t trigger my air conditioner which means my electric bill drops like a rock for immediate short term benefits. Since my air conditioning unit runs less than half the time as before, it also creates the longer term benefit of significantly extending its life.

Multi-Layered Insulation is full of benefits. It keeps the air out of the home, creates a more comfortable space to live in and helps cuts electricity bills the moment it is installed.

Multi-Layered Insulation Helps The Environment

Rocky Mountain Power, a power company that powers Utah, states in their “Wattsmart” program that if everyone in Utah would adjust the thermostat by 2 degrees we’d clean up the air in Utah! Do you want to find a way to contribute to the environment but don’t know how? Or don’t want to put large amounts of money into a cause and not know how the money is being used?

By installing Multi-layered insulation, you can help the environment. Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized that cutting energy usage by adding multi-layered insulation will also help the environment for literally zero upfront costs! That’s the icing on the cake. When I can do my part as a citizen and steward of our planet and also increase the comfort and decrease outgoing dollars towards utility bills, it’s a win/win/win all the way around!

Multi-Layered Insulation really is the way to go. You can create a more comfortable space for you and your family, decrease your electricity bill and help the environment.

At Aces Lyfe, we are here to help you in your endeavors to cut costs and have a more comfortable home. We have technicians who will give you an energy assessment and let you know what products will best help you have a more cost efficient home.

Give Aces Lyfe a call or fill out the form below to schedule an energy assessment and to start saving money.