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What is the most important area to insulate?

The attic is by far the most important and primary area to have insulation, it’ll serve to hold rising heat in during the winter and reduce heat from coming down in the summer.  While wall insulation will certainly help, the attic is 70% the ball game and is the best area to start when insulating a of home.

What is air sealing?

Air sealing is the process of sealing all the gaps and cracks that cause the home to leak warm air in the winter and let hot air in during the summer.  Lack of air sealing wastes money on conditioned air that you pay to heat and cool your home.

Do I need a permit to do insulation work?

No, while local jurisdictions will gladly exchange money for permits on any work in the valuation of $500 or more, (but do not require a permit for insulation work), it’s considered more of a maintenance than an addition.

Can my spouse, our baby or I be at home during the renovation process?

Yes, our work is surprisingly clean and our insulation material is non-toxic, non-corrosive and even considered hypoallergenic.  We use a dust reduction system and all the machinery is outside the home.  Homeowners have even been known to sleep during the renovation process.

Do you have financing or payment plans?

Yes, we allow our customers to divide payments over 2 or 3 months at no interest rate or other charges. We’re happy to work with you and be flexible with your budget.

Which is better, blown-in or rolled-in insulation?

Each has their application but in the attic, the blown-in application has several advantages.  The key advantage to blown-in insulation is that it’ll cover the entire floor of the attic and seal much better; a blown-in application can work 34-40% more effective than a rolled-in application and this is because a rolled-in application has a compromised fit around plumbing, piping, and conduits.  Also, the rolled-in material tends to be fiberglass, which is a product we try to avoid.    

Which is better, fiberglass or cellulose?

Both insulation materials have their application but for attic or wall insulation, the cellulose has several key advantages.  Cellulose is more effective, more efficient, longer-lasting and safer.  Fiberglass has a hazard-warning label, tends to be itchy and requires thicker amounts to work as effective.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, check and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).  We also accept Paypal and financing is available as well.

Can ESS do the work that is recommended by the home energy audit?

Yes, ESS is a full-service Energy Audit Company and can address all of your energy deficiency needs.  We don’t use subcontractors to aid with construction related work.

How much can I expect to save on my heating and cooling bills?

Every home varies and depending if you complete all recommendations.  Incorporating recommendations from a home energy audit can save 40% or more, but the average home can save 25% or more on utility expenses.

How long does a home energy audit take?

The entire energy audit process takes approximately 3-4 hours. 

In my home, what consumes the greatest amount of energy expense?

Home heating and cooling consumes approximately 50% of your energy expense.