Without insulation, many homes would be uncomfortable, draft-filled shelters. This padding is what separates us from summer’s harsh heat and winter’s fierce cold, and saves homeowners’ hundreds of dollars on electricity and heating costs. Unfortunately, many find the homes they purchased lack proper insulation, and the expense of having it done can be daunting. However, with blow-in insulation, you can save both yourself and your wallet from discomfort.
What is Blown-In Insulation?
Contrary to rolled or bat insulation, more commonly used in easily accessible areas like warehouses, blown-in insulation is a method in which insulation products are applied to smaller spaces – like attics, floors, and wall cavities – without much cutting into the home’s structure. Because of its improved performance and quick setting, it is the insulation market’s top competitor. Applying techniques vary depending on the product used.
Benefits of Getting Blown-In Insulation
There are quite a few benefits of blown-in insulation:
Energy Saver: During the summer and winter months, your electric/ gas bill rises and can become very costly. With blown-in insulation, less heat will escape or enter your home, thereby saving you money on air conditioning and heating expenses. You will be comfortable in your home and in your wallet.
Blocks Sound: Whenever the television is too loud, you are having an animated conversation with friends and family, or your teenagers want to have a house party, it can be inconvenient and uncomfortable for the neighbors to hear or bring unwanted attention. While its main purpose is not to muffle sound, blown-in insulation can help prevent noise from exiting (or entering) your household.
Environmentally Friendly: Because it contains recycled material, blown-in insulation is beneficial to the environment as well as your wallet.
Quick and Efficient: Because it does not require as many invasive procedures as other insulations, blown-insulation can be installed quickly and efficiently.
Types of Blow-In Insulation
There are three primary blown-in insulation types: cellulose, fiberglass, and spray-in foam. Each of these insulation products has its pros and cons depending on the area it is applied and the time of year.
Loose-Fill Fiberglass: Installed using a blowing machine, loose-fill fiberglass isglass that has been spun or blown into fibers and is most suitable for applying in attics, ceilings, or walls. It has an R-value of 2.2-2.7 per inch and is resistant to fungus, mildew, and moisture. However, because it may lose up to half of its effectiveness in cold temperatures, it is not recommended as winter padding.
Loose-Fill Cellulose: Around since the 1920s, blow-in cellulose consists primarily of corrugated cardboard and recycled newsprint. There are three types that are used in residential applications: loose fill, wall cavity spray, and stabilized. It has an R-value of 3.2-3.8 per inch and though it is effective at all temperatures, loose-fill cellulose’s fire retardant treatment makes it optimum for high summer temperatures. However, it is not recommended for attic applications or ceilings with less than 5/8-inch drywall.
Spray-In Foam: Spray-in (or spray on) polyurethane foam extends to fill voids and empty spaces after its application, thereby reducing air infiltration. Often, professionals mix the foam after their arrival to the home. It is one of the most popular insulators used in ceilings, attics, floors, and walls and, depending on the product used, can provide the highest R-value (3.6 per inch) of the three blown-in insulator materials.
It is important to consider the recommended R-value for your region before insulating your home. For example, the recommended R-value for Georgia (which is in zone 3) is R30-R60 for uninsulated attics, R25-R38 for existing 3-4-inches of insulation, and R19-R25 for floors, according to charts from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The dryer is an appliance that takes a lot more wear and tear than you might think. Odds are you use it on a pretty regular basis, which means that you should make sure that you hire a service that provides professional dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta in order to ensure that your dryer is working efficiently.
A dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta will help reduce the chances of a fire occurring due to the buildup of lint while also keeping energy usage down as much as possible. However, now that it is summer, you should also consider giving your dryer a breather by line drying your clothes outside. The following are a few reasons to dry your clothes out in the summer sun instead of using your dryer:
Save money – By drying your clothes out in the sun, you’ll avoid having to use up energy running your dryer. The average household spends roughly $72 a year on energy just to run the dryer. A couple months of drying your clothes outside can help save you a little bit of money.
Save your clothes – Every time you put your clothes through the dryer, the fibers of your fabric weaken just a little bit. The lint that collects in your dryer is worn off of your clothing, after all. So by drying them outside, you’re extending their life by a few months every year.
Do less laundry – The washing machine and dryer are so convenient that we often through in clothes that have been worn but that aren’t dirty. By line drying your laundry, you’ll become more aware of whether something actually needs to be washed or not before tossing it into the washing machine.
Use less chemicals – You won’t need to use bleach since the sunlight is a natural whitener. This means that when you hang your clothes up to dry, the sun will fade out stains naturally.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider drying your clothes outside this summer. Don’t forget to hire a service that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta.
Making sure your clothes dry as quickly as possible isn’t just important for convenience – it’s important if you’re looking to save energy, thereby reducing your environmental footprint as well as your energy bills. The following are a few tips to help you use your dryer efficiently in order to dry your clothes faster:
If you have a small load of wet clothes that need to be dried, add a large item that’s already dry, like a towel, in with the load. Basically, the dry towel will help to take away some of the moisture from your wet clothes, thereby helping to reduce the moisture level inside the dryer and allowing your wet clothes to dry much quicker.
Sort your recently washed laundry as soon as it comes out of the washer. Take out the clothes that need to be dried immediately and throw those in the dryer on the auto high heat setting for about 15 minutes. Hang dry the clothing that doesn’t need to be dried right away.
Before moving the clothes from the washer to the dryer, check to see how wet your clothes are. If they are soaking wet, then they will take way longer to dry in the dryer. Put them back in the washer and run a spin and drain cycle to remove the extra water. This should only take ten minutes to do, and by doing this you’ll be saving a lot of drying time.
Make sure that your lint filter is clean before you run a load in the dryer. If there is lint in the filter, then the airflow of your dryer will be restricted. Remove the lint in order to ensure that your dryer is working as efficiently as possible to dry your clothes.
Clean out any lint that has gathered in the air vent hose between your dryer and the wall. This will help to open up the airflow even more.
For help with dryer vent cleaning to keep your dryer operating at maximum efficiency, contact us at Daffy Ducts.
The dryer is often an appliance that most homeowners take for granted. They put a load of laundry in it, dry it and move on with their day. However, if you’re looking to save a little bit of money on your energy bills, then it’s time to begin paying a little more attention to your dryer. First of all, you should regularly hire a professional that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come thoroughly clean your dryer’s vents. Secondly, you need to make sure that you remove the lint from the lint filter every time you dry your laundry.
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The lint filter is located in different areas depending on the model of dryer you have, but it should be in a spot that is easily accessible. As your clothes dry, the lint filter will collect lint. If you don’t remove the lint after you’re done drying your clothes, your dryer is going to work very inefficiently the next time you try to dry your laundry. This is because the lint that collects will restrict the airflow from your heated dryer. Because of this, the dryer will have to work harder in order to dry your clothes. This results in more energy being used – not to mention that your clothes may not dry as quickly, which means you have to dry them for a longer period of time – also a big waste of energy.
There’s also the question of safety. Lint is very flammable and if it collects too much, the heat that the dryer produces could end up igniting it. This is also why you should hire a professional that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come clean the lint and debris from the dryer’s vents as well. Cleaning the lint out of the filter is relatively easy. Just wipe your fingers over one end of the lint filter to the other and the lint should just peel right off. Moistening your fingers can help make the lint stick to your fingers.
Be sure to clean your lint trap in order to save money on your energy bills, and contact us at Daffy Ducts for more information on dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta.
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Did you know that there are a number of ways that you can save money when it comes to your dryer? For one, hiring a professional service that does dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to come clean out the lint from your dryer vents will keep your dryer running as efficiently as possible. This, in turn, helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear from occurring, reducing the amount of repairs it may need. Not to mention that dirty vents can result in it taking longer for your clothes to dry, which means you are wasting more energy than you need to be every time you use the dryer. However, this isn’t the only way to save some money on your dryer. You can also save money by running your dryer at certain times.
One thing that many homeowners don’t realize is that utility companies charge higher rates during peak usage hours. What does this mean? It means that energy costs more to use during the day, when everybody is using it. So instead of drying your clothes during the day, do so at night, when the rates won’t be as high. By running your dryer at night instead of during the day, you’ll help lower your utility bills.
Of course, running the washer while you are asleep doesn’t make much sense since your laundry will just sit there all wet until you wake up. However, you can time it so that you do wash your laundry before bedtime, then transfer the clothes to your dryer right before you go to sleep. If you prefer to have your laundry completely done so that you don’t have to worry about it in the morning, then just time it a little different so that you have your clothes completely dried by the time you are about to go to bed.
In addition to hiring professional dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta in order to save money, consider timing when you do your laundry so that you take advantage of your utility’s lower rates in the evenings and at night.
Spring is finally here, and although we can all look forward to the weather getting warmer, the season is also known for bringing an army of pollen with it. Pollen is something that can bother a lot of people, especially those that have asthma or suffer from allergies. Many of these people will try to remain indoors in an attempt to avoid the pollen that has filled the air outside. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t be exposed to it – pollen can get inside, whether it’s because someone left a window open or because it was tracked in by someone outside. Regular air duct cleaning will help to ensure that pollen doesn’t collect in your air ducts and spread throughout your home. There are a few other things you can do to keep pollen under control in addition to air duct cleaning.
Vacuum – You should vacuum your home at least once or twice a week. Pollen can get tracked into the house by both people and animals, which means that it can become trapped in your carpeting. Make sure you use a vacuum cleaner of high quality – a poor quality vacuum cleaner will spit out dust everywhere.
Dust your house – Pollen reacts in a similar way as dust, which means it can settle on shelves, table surfaces, window blinds and more. Dust your home on a regular basis using a damp cloth. If you suffer from allergies or asthma yourself, make sure that you wear a mask.
Keep windows and doors closed – Pollen can easily collect inside your home if you leave any windows or doors open to the outdoors.
Wash your pets – If you have a dog or cat, make sure you bathe them a little more than usual. You have to let them outside once in a while, which means they are prone to bringing pollen back in with them. Keep the doors to your bedrooms shut so they can’t come in during pollen season.
Use these tips to keep pollen from getting into your home and don’t forget to get regular air duct cleaning.
Spring is here, so hopefully you are planning on setting a day aside to clean your entire home. If you are planning such a spring cleaning day, then don’t forget about having your dryer vents cleaned as well. Cleaning your dryer vents will help keep your dryer working as efficiently as possible and will also keep it working safely. For the best possible job, you should pay for professional dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta instead of attempting to do it on your own. Here at Daffy Ducts, we not only provide expert dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta, we also provide HVAC duct cleaning.
When it comes to dryer duct cleaning, we will clean the connection between the dryer and the wall as well as clean the duct from the wall to outside. Dryer ducts can get clogged up with lint, especially if you rarely have your dryer ducts cleaned. This will end up restricting airflow, causing the dryer to have to work harder to dry your clothes. What inevitably happens is that it takes longer to dry your clothes and your dryer experiences more wear and tear than necessary. The lint that builds up is also a fire hazard and can be quite dangerous if it builds up too much since it can ignite when exposed to too much heat.
We also provide HVAC duct cleaning. This process involves cleaning your registers, cleaning all your register and supply ducts, cleaning the furnace air handler and plenum and using a sanitizing fog that kills fungus, mildew and bacteria. Cleaning your air ducts will help ensure that air flows throughout your home without obstruction, thereby keeping your HVAC system working efficiently. When your HVAC system is able to work as efficiently as possible, it means that it will have an easier time keeping your home at the temperature you desire, thereby increasing your comfort. A clean duct system also means that there will be less dust and bacteria going through your air, thereby improving your air quality.
Earth Day is right around the corner, which means you should take stock of your home and see if there are any changes or improvements that you can make in order to make your home more environmentally friendly. For example, you should consider adding duct system insulation as well as make sure that your ducts are properly sealed.
Making sure that your air ducts are sealed properly is very important to the comfort and efficiency of your home. Your duct system is the lifeline of your home’s cooling and heating system. The ducts help to move cool and warm air throughout the home. When they aren’t sealed properly, air will leak out of the ducts. This results in a number of problems.
First of all, when warm air or cool air escapes from leaks in your duct system, your home won’t be warmed or cooled as well or as quickly, leading to a less comfortable home environment. Secondly, your heating system or air conditioning system will continue to pump out warm or cool air in order to make up for the air that was lost in an attempt to get your home at your desired temperature. This means that more energy is being used than necessary. The more energy you are using, the less environmentally friendly your home is. Not to mention that by using more energy, you’ll be paying higher heating and cooling bills. The issues don’t stop there – because your heating and cooling systems are working more than they should, they’ll experience more wear and tear, which could result in the need for more repairs than normal – or even worse, a shorter life span.
Although a professional service is recommended in order to ensure a high quality sealing job, you can do it on your own with the use of a mastic sealant or a metal tape. You should also consider having duct system insulation added to help keep warm and cool air from escaping your ducts as well. Doing so can have a big impact on saving energy and keeping your home as comfortable as possible.
Keeping your ducts clean is another great way to keep them efficient for Earth Day. Contact us at Daffy Ducts for more information.
In recognition of the upcoming Earth Day, you should try to make your home as environmentally friendly as possible. Doing so will not only help the environment, it can help reduce your energy bills as well. We recommend looking at all of the appliances throughout your home and seeing if there is a way that you can use them in a more efficient manner in order to save some energy. For example, consider your use of the dryer. In addition to hiring a service that performs dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to clean the lint out of your dryer and ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible, you should also keep the following in mind:
Clean the Lint Filter – While a service that performs dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta will help remove the lint from your dryer, this is usually reserved for parts of the dryer that are more difficult to reach and clean. The lint filter should be cleaned out after every time you use the dryer and can be done so yourself with ease. Doing so will improve the circulation of air, thereby making the dryer more efficient in drying your clothes. It will also reduce the risk of fire, since lint is very flammable.
Scrub your lint filter – Many people use dryer sheets when they dry their laundry. If you use dryer sheets, then make sure to regularly scrub your lint filter. This is because dryer sheets will leave a film on the filter that reduces the flow of air and can affect the performance of the dryer’s motor. Use a toothbrush to clean the filter once a month.
Use the moisture sensor option – Newer dryers provide moisture sensor options. If you are shopping for a new dryer, be sure to look for this feature. When turned on, the dryer will sense when the clothes are completely dry and automatically shut off so that you’re not using energy you don’t need.
Your air ducts are an important part of your home. They help to circulate warm and cool air throughout your house, helping you to keep comfortable. Because of this, it’s important that you keep your air ducts clean. Otherwise, dirt, dust and bacteria will flow through your home, reducing its air quality. This is why you should invest in a professional air duct cleaning service every once in a while.
Why you should clean your air ducts
First of all, cleaning your air ducts will help prevent poor air quality. If dust and bacteria cycle throughout your home, it can affect those that have asthma or respiratory illnesses. Having your ducts cleaned will also help to make it easier for air to flow through them, thereby increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system, which not only helps lengthen its lifespan but also helps keep your energy bills low.
How to tell if your air ducts need to be cleaned
There are a number of ways that you can tell if you need to hire a professional air duct cleaning service. The following are a few ways:
Check your registers – Check the registers around your home. If they are dusty, or they are blowing out dust, debris or noticeable particles, then your ducts need to be cleaned.
Check inside your ducts – If you can look inside your ducts and see visible dust or cobwebs, or even rodent droppings or dead insects, you should have your ducts cleaned.
You should also have your ducts cleaned following a construction project, since there’s a good chance that any construction done inside your house has resulted in a buildup of dust and debris.
In addition to hiring a professional air duct cleaning service to come clean your ducts when it is needed, you should also make sure that you replace or clean your air filters on a monthly basis. Your air filters help to trap dust and debris in order to keep them from circulating throughout your air, but if they build up to much, they can block the air flow.
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Dryer Vent Cleaning
Dryer Vent Cleaning is also a very important service for those in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Daffy Ducts provides top rated Dryer Vent Cleaning Service in Atlanta. Dryer Vent Cleaning service reduces the risk of fire caused by excessive lint build up in the dryer vent. Dryer Vent Cleaning also increases the efficiency of your dryer and improves the performance of your clothes dryer in turn saving you money. When you get your Dryer Vent Cleaning done annually in Atlanta it will also increase the life of your appliance. We have had our service recommended by dryer repairmen who visited homes thinking there was a problem with the dryer, only to find out the dryer wasn't working properly due to a clogged dryer vent. Call Daffy Ducts in Atlanta today to begin making your home safer.
Daffy Ducts Service Area
Daffy Ducts services all of Atlanta and large number of surrounding cities in the greater Atlanta area. Here are some of the cities that we offer our Air Duct Cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services: Roswell, Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Snellville, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, Loganville, Conyers, Doraville, Norcross, Duluth, Buckhead, Midtown, Marietta, Dunwoody, Buford, Sugar Hill, Chamblee, Tucker and the rest of the Atlanta Metro.