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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!
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.
Did you know that 90% of American homes are under-insulated? It’s a commonly reported stat in the home performance industry, yet many people don’t realize just how bad the problem is. As winter begins to taper off, homeowners in Westchester County, NY are starting to take a closer look at any home damage that may have been sustained over the course of the past few months. One of the most important things to look at is insulation.
Through daily routines and the fluctuation of seasonal temperatures, homes all across Westchester County are prone to the excess accumulation of indoor moisture. Prevent hazardous indoor air quality from affecting your home with BrightHome Energy Solutions’ air sealing!
One of the biggest complaints we get here at BrightHOME from Westchester County residents is about cold spots in their homes. Dealing with cold spots is never ideal, but it’s even worse when they have a marked effect on overall home comfort. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to cold spots, including clogged filters, underperforming heating systems and backed-up ductwork. More often than not, however, the real issue can be traced back to improper air sealing and insulation.
Winter is officially here! With the freezing temperatures and accumulation of snow and ice, seasonal allergies are the least of your worries. The sad reality is allergens like dust, mold and pet dander can still exist inside your Westchester county home during even the coldest months. So, if you’re constantly experiencing watery eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat, you may be dealing with more than seasonal allergies; your home may have an indoor allergen issue. Fret not!
Temperatures have dropped significantly over the course of the past month here in Westchester County, NY, which has many homeowners fighting to keep their living spaces warm and comfortable. If you’ve been sitting around your home in wool socks reaching for yet another sweater, you’re not alone. The thing is, there are ways to combat draftiness this winter, and it all comes down to improving your home’s building envelope.
For Westchester County residents, winter brings along with it a whole slew of issues. Ice and snow can no doubt be treacherous, and the chill of the season can make it difficult to achieve true comfort levels within the home. One thing that many homeowners lose sight of is the problem of ice dams. Ice dams are not only annoying—they can wreak havoc on the structural aspects of the home.
Not familiar with ice dams? Here’s a primer to get you started.