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Insulation and more in Alexandria, VA and Washington D.C.

Did you know Home heating and cooling consumes approximately 50% of your energy expense? That makes it the area where you get the most return on an investment in cutting-edge insulation. Here's how it works, and all of your FAQs, answered.

Where does your money go?

It's all about the "Stack Effect." Here’s how the stack effect works: Cold air infiltrates your cellar through leaks and cracks in the foundation and walls, which begins rising. It works its way up through the floors and/or walls, then up into your attic through structural defects, holes in your ceiling, recessed lighting, leaky duct work, the furnace flue, the plumbing stack, a poorly insulated attic floor or improperly sealed areas in general. In some homes, the effect can be so pronounced it's like leaving your front door open all winter long! Sealing air leaks makes your house more airtight and will make your living space more comfortable, more affordable to heat and cool.

How insulation works

Insulation is a thermally resistant barrier, which inhibits the migration of thermal energy into and out of the house. In simple terms: insulation blocks heat from entering the home in the summer and holds heat in during the winter. The results are a cooler home in the summer, warmer home in the winter, and lower energy bills. Insulation is so effective that its cost is often paid for through energy savings in less than a year… and with the rising cost of natural gas and electricity, savings may come even sooner.

Cellulose Vs Fiberglass

Fiberglass is glass fibers; the fibers are very small, rigid and sharp. On account of this, all fiberglass products have a hazard/warning label on them clearly relating to the danger of cancer, upper respiratory irritation, and other related illness.

Cellulose, on the other hand, has many advantages over fiberglass. Cellulose is more effective per inch, meaning less is used. Unlike fiberglass, cellulose has no hazard/warning labels. The product is rigorously tested and approved by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, OSHA and the Underwriters Laboratories, UL label. Best of all cellulose is non-toxic, safe and environmentally friendly.

FAQ

What is the most important area to insulate?
The attic is by far the most important and primary area to have insulation, it’ll serve to hold rising heat in during the winter and reduce heat from coming down in the summer. While wall insulation will certainly help, the attic is 70% the ball game and is the best area to start when insulating a of home

What is air sealing?
Air sealing is the process of sealing all the gaps and cracks that cause the home to leak warm air in the winter and let hot air in during the summer. Lack of air sealing wastes money on conditioned air that you pay to heat and cool your home.

Do I need a permit to do insulation work?
No, while local jurisdictions will gladly exchange money for permits on any work in the valuation of $500 or more, (but do not require a permit for insulation work), it’s considered more of a maintenance than an addition.

Can my spouse, our baby or I be at home during the process?
Yes, our work is surprisingly clean and our insulation material is non-toxic, non-corrosive and even considered hypoallergenic. We use a dust reduction system and all the machinery is outside the home. Homeowners have even been known to sleep during the  process.

Do you have financing or payment plans?
Yes, we allow our customers to divide payments over 2 or 3 months at no interest rate or other charges. We’re happy to work with you and be flexible with your budget.

Which is better, blown-in or rolled-in insulation?
Each has their application but in the attic, the blown-in application has several advantages. The key advantage to blown-in insulation is that it’ll cover the entire floor of the attic and seal much better; a blown-in application can work 34-40% more effective than a rolled-in application and this is because a rolled-in application has a compromised fit around plumbing, piping, and conduits. Also, the rolled-in material tends to be fiberglass, which is a product we try to avoid.    

Which is better, fiberglass or cellulose?
Both insulation materials have their application but for attic or wall insulation, the cellulose has several key advantages. Cellulose is more effective, more efficient, longer-lasting and safer. Fiberglass has a hazard-warning label, tends to be itchy and requires thicker amounts to work as effective.

What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, check and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). We also accept Paypal and financing is available as well.

Can Eko Smart Solutions do the work that is recommended by the home energy audit?
Yes, Eko Smart Solutions is a full-service Energy Audit Company and can address all of your energy deficiency needs. We don’t use subcontractors to aid with construction related work.

How much can I expect to save on my heating and cooling bills?
Every home varies and depending if you complete all recommendations. Incorporating recommendations from a home energy audit can save 40% or more, but the average home can save 25% or more on utility expenses.

How long does a home energy audit take?
The entire energy audit process takes approximately 3-4 hours. 

In my home, what consumes the greatest amount of energy expense?
Home heating and cooling consumes approximately 50% of your energy expense.

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