Thursday, November 3, 2016

Today’s options for decreasing energy use can be overwhelming! From controlling lights through a mobile app to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, there are numerous ways technology can help save energy.

Wondering how today’s technology can help you save energy? Here are a few examples and how they work:
  1. Smart Thermostats
    Smart thermostats help cut down on home energy use and reduce heating and cooling costs. These thermostats go one step further than traditional programmable thermostats by adjusting your home's temperature based on your own lifestyle and schedule. They can even integrate with the weather forecast to further customize your home’s temperature. According to Nest, one smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  2. Smart Appliances
    Smart appliances are really smart! They have the ability to communicate personal habits of users back to energy companies. Why does this matter? Your appliance can learn what are off-peak energy hours, and adjust to perform functions during those times.
    This means they operate certain functions at a time when energy rates are lower, taking pressure off the energy grid and off your wallet.
  3. Smart Power Strips
    Homeowners use power strips to expand the number of electrical outlets in their home. This convenience can encourage homeowners to leave electronics plugged in all the time, meaning these devices draw power even when they’re not being used (specifically printers, DVD players, computers, plasma TVs and others with “standby” modes). This can save a lot of money (especially considering that “down time” power consumption can be from five to ten percent of your home’s energy use).
  4. Home-Automation Lighting
    Homeowners have been told for some time to switch to LED lighting in order to cut back on energy usage and costs. That can go further through wifi technology that allows you to adjust lighting from anywhere. Think of this as the old-school lighting timers that you have control of 24 hours a day, from wherever you are.
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 to learn more and to schedule your free estimate.




Thursday, October 27, 2016

When homeowners think of saving money on energy bills, they often think of upgrading their insulation. Insulation is a great way to reduce heat transfer and indeed is an important part of saving energy. Did you know that sealing air leaks is as important as insulating?

Here are just some of the benefits of air sealing:
  • Improved indoor air quality by helping to keep allergens and pests out of the home.
  • Reduced energy bills by keeping conditioned air (heated or cooled air) inside the home.
  • Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Air sealing involves sealing penetration points around the exterior of the home (also known as the envelop or "shell" of the home). This includes sealing gaps and air leaks in exterior walls (around outlet covers, etc.), windows, doors, etc.

Air sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and make your home more comfortable. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.

Looking for one more way to improve the efficiency of your home? Upgrade your windows with ENERGY STAR qualified replacement windows.

Interested in reducing your energy bills? Contact us to learn more.











Thursday, October 20, 2016

Leaf guards are designed to help keep leaves and debris out of your gutters. Installing leaf guards helps reduce the risk of injury by climbing a ladder and cleaning out your gutters.

The type of leaf gutter that is right for you or your home can vary. The following are the two most popular types:
  • The most common types of leaf guards are mesh leaf guards. Simply put, they are sheets of metal with small holes to allow water to run through and keep most debris on top of the guard. They are attached to the roof shingles and cover the gutter.
  • Reverse curve leaf guards do not have holes. They lay over the top of the gutter and allow water to flow over the edge of the guard and into the gutter. Leaves and debris land on the top and eventually fall to the ground.

Other types of leaf guards are available as well. To understand the best type of gutter for your home, your neighborhood and your lifestyle, contact our professional install team. We offer free estimates for homeowners – contact our office to schedule your free estimate



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

When fall arrives and temperatures begin to cool off, many homeowners begin thinking of getting ready for winter. Energy efficiency is important all year – especially during hot Georgia summers! Colder temps certainly make energy saving a priority for many homeowners. Here are a few things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home this fall – and to help during any season.

  1. Improve Your Windows
    Old and inefficient windows leak conditioned air. Switch out your window screens for storm windows—if you have them—before the frigid temps kick in. This swap will save you money on energy costs, protect your window from the elements, and eliminate drafts throughout fall and winter.
  2. Upgrade Your Insulation
    Keep your home comfortable and your energy bills in line by upgrading your attic insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by upgrading your insulation now.
  3. Service Your Heating System
    Your HVAC system works hard to keep your home comfortable. Your HVAC system will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Be sure it’s in top shape – check the pilot light, vacuum excess dust, and change the filter. Servicing your system now will help make it through any extreme temperatures.
  4. Seal Windows and Doors
    Air sealing around windows and doors helps prevent conditioned air from escaping. Caulking and sealing these openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs you can do.
  5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
    This is so easy – and so many homeowners forget to do this! Changing the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft redistributes warm air from the ceiling back down into your living area. Before you do this, dust the blades.

These few steps can help your energy bills and make your home more comfortable. Ready go get started? We can help. Call today for a free insulation estimate.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

With so many choices when building or remodeling a home, choosing siding may not always feel like an exciting process. Did you know the siding you choose for your home may be one of the most important decisions you make when building or remodeling?

Siding is your home’s first defense against weather. No matter the region of the country you live in, your home is constantly battling weather. Choosing the right siding will help protect your wall assemblies, increase the insulating property of your walls and keep your home looking nice for years to come.

Today there are more options than ever when it come to choosing siding. Here’s a run down of the siding options we offer, and some key points to consider for each.

Vinyl 
Vinyl is the most popular type of home siding nationwide, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. Nationwide, vinyl siding is more popular than brick, stucco or fiber cement.

Vinyl siding is easy to install, offers many color options and other decorative features. If you’re looking for it, vinyl siding offers it. From products that mimic cedar shakes and unique trim enhancements, you can find what you’re looking for in vinyl siding.

When considering the financial investment, vinyl siding is affordable, requires little maintenance and has a long life.

Fiber Cement 
Fiber cement is a newer option for siding – even though it’s been around since the 1990s. It’s made from a mixture of cement, sand, and cellulose and then is cured using pressurized steam.

You may have seen fiber cement siding on homes around your neighborhood, and mistaken it for wood siding. It offers the look of wood but without the maintenance required for wood siding. It provides a clean, modern look that many homeowners and builders are looking for. Fiber cement siding comes in a variety of styles including board & batten, shake and traditional siding.

Fiber cement siding is termite-resistant, resists water and is noncombustible. A typical fiber cement siding has a 50-year warranty.

Interested in learning more about siding options? Click here to learn more about the products we offer  – or contact us to schedule a free estimate.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Crawl spaces can create significant problems for homeowners. Is your crawl space insulated and air sealed? Here are four problems that can be lurking in your crawl space, and how insulating and air sealing can help.

1. MOISTURE DAMAGE
Drainage and plumbing problems can create significant problems in a crawl space. Moisture damage in crawl spaces go unnoticed and lead to a host of other problems! Moisture is the number one enemy of a crawl space. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space as well as ensuring proper drainage around your home can help eliminate moisture and the problems associated with it.

2. POOR AIR QUALITY
Although not included in your home's square footage, the crawl space impacts your home’s interior and has a direct impact on the air quality inside your home. Building science shows airflow in a home naturally goes up, from ground to sky. As your home naturally breathes, moist air flows up and into the living areas of the home through unsealed penetrations points between the crawl space and the first floor of your home (points such as air ducts, wiring holes, holes around plumbing, etc). Any air quality issues in a crawl space are guaranteed to impact your home’s living area.
Have a family member with allergies, asthma or other breathing concerns? Problems in the crawl space like mold and odors can have a direct impact on everyone, in particular family members with these concerns. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality will help keep these pollutants out of your home, helping to keep your family healthy.

3. CRITTERS
Your crawl space may be providing free room and board to some pesky tenants… and you don’t even know it! Crawl spaces are ideal for pests for a variety of reasons:
  • Damp environments create ideal living conditions for pests.
  • Any heating ducts that are leaking into the crawl space provide warmth during cold months,
  • Wet or damp wood framing provides an excellent food source for termites and other destructive insects.
Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will prevent access points to your crawl space, as well and eliminating these factors that attracted the pests in the first place.

4. LOST ENERGY DOLLARS
If the integrity of your home’s structure and indoor air quality aren’t enough to convince you to insulate and air seal your crawl space, consider what it’s costing you not to. An unfinished crawl space affects your monthly energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to:
  • Cold floors in the winter
  • Uneven temperature between rooms
  • High heating and cooling bills
Your crawl space is a huge opportunity to save energy (and money)! By air sealing and insulating your crawl space you can reduce drafts, eliminate cold floors, keep your home comfortable, and save money on your energy bill each month.

Upgrading your crawl space is an investment in your home, your family’s health and can save money on your energy bills. What are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!



Thursday, June 23, 2016

There are many factors to consider when choosing replacement windows for your home. The most important feature to consider is how well your windows insulate. Factors that contribute to the energy efficiency of windows are material, style, glass, and ENERGY STAR rating.

Here is a breakdown of each factor so you can make your window replacement decision with confidence.
  • Material
    At Complete Residential we have found that Vinyl windows offer the style and function our clients are looking for. We exclusively install vinyl windows because they:
    • Are low maintenance. Vinyl windows never need painting or staining and are easy to clean with soap and water. They also don’t age as quickly as windows made from other materials.
    • Are reasonably priced. Vinyl is an inexpensive material, but this doesn’t mean vinyl windows are cheap. Our vinyl windows are durable and it won’t rust or corrode.
    • Have low energy costs. Vinyl windows are extremely energy efficient. This reduces heating and cooling needs, which result in lower energy bills.
    • Are available in many styles. Vinyl windows have many color, size, and style options, and if that we’re enough, they can also be custom made.
  • Style
    Certain window styles are more efficient than others. Consider this:
    • Double-hung windows: These traditional windows are one of the most popular styles (the bottom slides up to open the unit). They can be an efficient choice, but in extreme climates, they may lose some energy efficiency value because of the potential for air intrusion between the sliders.
    • Casement windows: These windows operate with a crank that swings the window outward to open, and tend to seal tighter than other styles of windows.
    • Picture windows: Glass choice and gas-filled interiors are especially important in these larger non-opening styles.
  • Glass
    The type of glass you choose for your windows will have the greatest effect on the energy efficiency of your window. Consider this an investment in the energy efficiency of your home, as a quality glass selection will keep your home comfortable and energy efficient for years to come.  Some options to consider are:
    • Low E: Low-E glass works by reflecting infrared light. Which means it keeps heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Low-E glass can also help keep your carpet and furniture from fading.
    • Gas Filled: Gas filled windows contain either Argon or Krypton between glass panes which provide greater insulation than regular air. 
  • ENERGY STAR
    According to energystar.gov, replacing old windows with new ENERGY STAR certified windows could lower your utility bill by up to 12 percent. ENERGY STAR labeled windows are verified to meet or exceed current U.S. energy efficiency guidelines. Here in Georgia, ENERGY STAR labeled windows can help combat the effect of the hot summer sun by reducing “heat gain” into your home. This means your new windows will keep out the heat, but still allow in plenty of light.

One last factor when replacing old windows is choosing to work with a professional. Even the best replacement windows can be drafty or under-perform if not installed correctly. Complete Residential has been expertly installing windows since 2000. We’re here to help with every step of your window replacement process. Learn more here, or give us a call!



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