BrightHOME Energy Solutions offers commercial and residential building performance services in the New York metro region, including Westchester County, Putnam County, Rockland County, Orange County, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Western Connecticut.
Part of our mission is to help educate property owners in our area about energy efficiency – from simple fixes to whole-home, professional jobs. Enjoy these informative blog posts from our team!
Insulation works as the thermal barrier between your home’s conditioned living space and unconditioned, outdoor air. The more thermally resistant this boundary is, the more energy efficient and comfortable your home will be. Paired with air sealing, insulation is crucial to keeping you comfortable and saving you money on energy bills, in addition to offering several supplementary benefits. Secondary benefits of insulation include:
Many first-time home buyers find themselves getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information that gets thrown at them, which can make it difficult to determine ways in which to most effectively invest one’s money for the next 15-30 years. With a larger emphasis today than ever before on “going green,” it’s also important to think about the impact that your home will have on the environment and also what you’re likely to run into in terms of energy costs.
Fall is an excellent time to reevaluate home performance. While improving energy efficiency before heading into the winter is important, so is ensuring that your living environment isn’t affecting the health and wellness of you and your family. Many people don’t realize that a whole host of factors both inside and outside the home can affect indoor air quality and living conditions, some of which can even be deadly, such as carbon monoxide (CO).
If there’s one spot in your home that often ends up “out of sight, out of mind,” it’s the crawlspace. We typically don’t even consider the crawlspace part of the home, and some people don’t realize that it exists in the first place. Most crawlspaces are left open and exposed, and while you may not see problems boiling up as a result, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t occurring.
Looking to create a healthier home? Start by learning more about your home’s crawlspace and the dangers that it can pose.
Now that summer is finally coming to a close, many Westchester County residents are taking a moment to relax and look at whether or not their homes are ready to take on the cold months that are ahead. It’s not uncommon for people to take a closer look at insulation around this time of year, since good insulation can lead to a boost in home efficiency and comfort. Something that tends to get looked over this time of year, however, is carbon monoxide.
A recent study conducted by researchers from Boston University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in March 2016, illustrates the tremendous effects increased insulation in residential, single-family homes in the United States can have on carbon dioxide emissions, pollution and our health. Protecting our local Westchester, New York and global environment with energy efficient upgrades is easier than you may think.
For those who have just recently purchased a home and are interested in improving the structure to make it more environmentally friendly, knowing where to start is easier said than done. If your home wasn’t sold or advertised specifically as being energy efficient, there’s a good chance that BrightHOME can do a number of things to improve its overall performance.
If you live in Westchester County and have a crawl space in your home, you’re not alone. Crawl spaces are common in the area, and many were never properly sealed during the construction process. Since crawl spaces are out of sight, many homeowners put them out of mind, but it’s important to realize the effects your crawlspace can have on home energy efficiency and health. More and more homeowners are focusing on treating their crawl spaces, which can lead to a safer, more comfortable home environment.
At BrightHOME, we get a lot of questions from homeowners in Westchester County, NY about how to best beef up home insulation. The two most common, “What type of insulation do I need for my home?” And “How do I know if I need new insulation?” They are understandable questions, it’s important to realize that there’s no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to insulation, the “right” choice depends upon your concerns, our diagnosis and our building science based solutions.