An energy audit is a painless process that will detail all the areas of your home that can be improved for energy efficiency. Our energy team will assess your homes structural design, insulation, electrical system, HVAC system and all other integrated systems that you may have. We will run equipment in your house such as blower doors, combustion analyzers, and CO monitoring systems. These are just a few of the tools that assist our energy team in seeing your "house as a system" and diagnose issues in their entirety. With results from these types of tools we will prepare a report that will document all areas with rooms for improvement with documentation showing why this recommendation was made. Call us to schedule your home audit today! (815) 653-4900.
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Astro Insulation would like to announce Michael Hurst passed his BPI certification
The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has announced that it has passed 25,000 certifications. This is a real indicator of the acceptance of the home performance industry and the desire for improved quality standards in residential construction.
Of the 25,000, about 62% (15,770) are building analyst professionals and 21% are envelop professionals.
For more information, visit www.bpi.org
Now Announcing Higher “Kicker” Rebates! Higher rebate amounts are available for select qualifying product purchases and installations made on or after March 1, 2011, through May 31, 2011. There are no additional participation requirements to receive these higher rebates. Simply submit the regularly required Program documents for qualified purchases and installations within 60 days of product installation, or by June 30, 2011, whichever comes first.
Imagine the savings! This means a $650 job will only cost $164 after the rebate. Add this to the savings you'll be enjoying on your heating and cooling bills, and you will put more money in your pocket every month!
Hurry, This Amazing Deal Expires Soon. Call Astro Insulation Today to learn more. (815) 653-4900
Home Star Energy Retrofit Act Passed by House of Representatives
Yesterday afternoon (5/6/10), the House of Representatives voted to approve the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 (H.R. 5019), which authorizes $6 billion to the residential insulation contracting and home performance industries through a national rebate program for homeowners. The vote marks a significant milestone in the progress of the bipartisan HOME STAR legislation, although it’s important to note that the authorization bill passed must be matched by the Senate, and followed up with an appropriation bill to allocate funds for the $6 billion program.
How did the Home Star legislation significantly change yesterday?
The House agreed that the rebate would go to the consumer directly from a federal rebate processing center.
The higher the R-Value, the more efficient the building insulation: True or False?
To answer that, let’s first review what “R-Value” is, and if the definition still applies to today’s insulation applications.
R-Value is the measure of a material’s resistance to heat transfer, and in the building and construction industry, has always been the standard to assess a structure’s thermal performance. The R-Value test, performed under guidelines of ASTM C518, considers the resistance of the combined ways in which heat is transferred, including:
. Conduction: the transfer of thermal energy within a solid substance, such as insulation. Typically accounts for 20% of building’s heat loss.
. Convection: or “air leakage”; transfer of air molecules through insulation, (and ultimately the outside walls.) Typically accounts for up to 80% of energy loss.
Interestingly, the R-value test method places more weight on conduction, rather than convection, even though considerably more energy is lost as air leakage. Basically, this was driven by the types of material that were traditionally used for insulation, namely fiber.