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How to Choose a Reliable Spray Foam Insulation Contractor for Your Utica, NY Home

Have you been experiencing chilly conditions in your home in the winter, sweltering heat in the summer, uncomfortable drafts and exorbitant utility bills? Then chances are, your home isn’t as well-insulated as it should be. You may be considering having your home insulated, but you might be unsure of the right materials to use, and […]

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We Support Veterans!

Clear Path for Veterans located in Chittenango is a non-profit program that assists in training dogs to be paired up with Veterans. The dogs are mostly selected from shelters and/or rescues. The dogs not only provide the Veteran with emotional support and companionship but also encourages social interaction and aids in the Veteran’s recovery process. […]

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Are you tripping over your own sidewalk?

Did you know that you are responsible for the sidewalk in front of your home?  If someone hurts themselves on your sidewalk you can be held liable.  If your sidewalk and/or pavement is uneven we have a solution for you!  Concrete Lifting!  This process is more cost effective and can be done in less time […]

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Save Energy – and Money – When You Insulate Your Home With Standard Insulating Co.

In New York, winters can be rough, with below-zero temperatures and significant snowfall. And summers can be sweltering, with temperatures soaring into the 90s and humidity nearing tropical levels. How can you keep your home protected, no matter what the weather? Well, no matter what part of the state you live in – Rome, NY, […]

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Questions About Spray Foam?

Is the foam going to off gas formaldehyde into my house? No, formaldehyde foam was a system on the market years ago and was a completely different product than urethane foam. Urethane foams do not off gas anything harmful to you. The refrigerator that you keep your food in is insulated with urethane. Can the […]

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Do I Need A Vapor Barrier?

Vapor barriers are designed to prevent moisture transfer via diffusion. Because 99% of moisture transfer, in homes is from air-leakage and only 1% is from diffusion, it is more important to have an “air-barrier” instead of  a “vapor barrier”, which was designed for moisture transfer from diffusion.  Closed cell foam and soft foam provide a […]

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Reduce Pollutants in Your Home

In recent years several serious respiratory illnesses have been linked to pollutants found in the air inside the structures in which we live and work. Poor indoor air quality can have adverse effects on quality of life. Because spray foam provides an airtight seal in walls, floors, and ceilings, it virtually eliminates the infiltration of […]

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Types of Insulation

Insulation is made from a variety of materials, and it usually comes in four types: rolls and batts, loose-fill, rigid foam, and foam-in-place. Rolls and batts – or blankets – are flexible products made from mineral fibers, such as fiberglass and rock wool. They are available in widths suited to standard spacing of wall studs and […]

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Home Energy Efficiency Basics

Home Energy Efficiency Basics There are some basic things that you can do to make your home more energy efficient.   First, take a look at the building envelope.   This mainly consists of the attic, walls, doors and windows.   Then look at how efficient the systems are working in your house.   The […]

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Insulate Your Body

  We talk about how important it is to insulate your home.   Now, let’s insulate your body with this delicious Chili Recipe.   So you can be warm and comfortable in your insulated home!   Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound ground beef 3/4 pound beef […]

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Got Ice?

Ice Dams cause damage to many homes every year.   Ice Dams are  common in freezing  cold temperatures and when there is a heavy snowfall.     The warm air in your home leaks out of the attic and melts the snow and ice.   The water from the snow and ice drains down into […]

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Crawl Space Insulation

A crawl space is a low area under a floor that is usually not finished off so that it can be accessible for maintenance of wiring and/or plumbing.   Crawl spaces are where a lot of cold air and moisture come in, which can create mold.   When a crawl space is insulated, it will […]

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What is an R Value?

An R-Value is a measure of the resistance to heat transfer of a given material.   A larger R-Value number means it takes longer for the same amount of heat to move through a substance. The effectiveness of insulation’s resistance to heat flow depends on how and where the insulation is installed.   The amount […]

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Can Your House Breath?

Everyone has heard the old phrase, “You can’t insulate my house too tight because it has to breathe!” What they really mean is that every building needs to have an adequate supply of fresh air for a healthy interior environment.   In the old days, we simply let Mother Nature blow in all fresh air […]

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What is an Infrared Scan?

An infrared scan can assist in determining thermal defects and air leakage.   Infrared scans can also determine if there is a need for insulation in a building.   Infrared camera scan produces a 2-dimensional thermal picture of an area showing heat leakage and deficiencies in the building envelope.   The infrared scans are typically […]

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Incentives for Insulation

There are insulation incentives offered by New York State.   There is a 50% subsidy which  can save up to Half off of your insulation (up to $5000).   There are low interest loans available for insulation.   A new insulation incentive is the On Bill Loan.   This is where the cost of your […]

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Attic Insulation

Attic insulation will help you reduce your energy bills.   Attic insulation in a house is one of the easiest places to insulate and/or add insulation to.   A home assessment can assist you in determining if you need attic insulation.   In the summer,  the home may become hot and the air conditioner may […]

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Cellulose Insulation

  Cellulose insulation is plant-based insulating material used in wall and roof cavities to separate the inside and outside of your home thermally and acoustically.   Cellulose keeps the heat in and the noise out, providing an excellent sound barrier.   Cellulose is able to get around pipes, wires and other items that may be […]

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Ways You Can Discover If You Need More Insulation

Wondering if the addition of new insulation might save money on your heating and cooling bills? There are some pretty easy ways to find out right away, and right from the privacy of your own home. Unless you live in a brand-new home that has been recently constructed to the most current energy efficient recommendations, […]

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What is an Energy Audit?

Many people think their home is energy efficient. However, that might not be the case. There may be one or multiple areas within the home that are costing a homeowner that can be easily corrected. An Energy Audit is a way to evaluate the homes  to determine where there are deficiencies and how to improve […]

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