Keep Your Home Cool During the Summer with Insulation

When we think about insulation, we usually think about it in terms of keeping heat inside of a house. While this is certainly one of the important benefits insulation provides, the inverse of the logic — using insulation to keep heat out — should also be a priority. Insulation is a terrific regulator that can help maintain a constant temperature in your house and minimize your energy bills.

As temperatures rise, so does the need for cooler interiors. Let’s take a look at how summer house insulation can help keep your energy bills affordable this season.

Does Insulation Keep Heat Out?

The short answer to this question is “yes.” Whether you use fiberglass, blow-in, or spray foam insulation, this material helps prevent air from escaping your home. In winter, we recognize that if we’re pumping warm air into our home, an air leak will cause the warm air our heating system generates to escape.

The same principle applies to cold air pumped out by air conditioning systems. Without anything to keep the cold air these systems disperse in your home, your machine will need to work more to maintain a comfortable environment for you.

If a machine is working harder than it should be given optimal conditions, it is said to be inefficient. Inefficient machines are concerning for multiple reasons:

  • Having to work harder and longer wears down parts and necessitates more frequent repairs.
  • Having to operate longer requires more energy, thus driving up your utility bills.
  • Higher energy use depletes our natural resources.
  • Higher energy use may cause environmental harm depending on how your local utility company generates its power.

If your car had a faulty part that reduced its gas mileage or caused it to fail an emissions inspection, you’d want to repair it as soon as you could. Think about your home’s insulation system the same way. An area that isn’t particularly well-insulated will cost you more money in the long run, so even a small repair can have a big impact.

A Quick Word on Building Envelopes

Having a well-structured building envelope — the part of your home that acts as a barrier shielding you from exterior conditions — can save you time and money while reducing some of the stresses of homeownership.

Insulation is a critical part of your home’s building envelope, so doing what you can to reduce air leakage with a well-maintained insulation system is a smart way to keep your summer cooling costs low.

Bruni & Campisi — Your Keep Cool in the Summer Insulation Experts

Bruni & Campisi provides a wide range of insulation services to homeowners located in the regions of Westchester County in New York and Stamford and Greenwich in Connecticut.

Our expert installers provide full service insulation services including spray foam, blow-in cellulose or fiberglass insulation and can also provide air/aero sealing and duct work. These services help keep your summer utility bills low and increase your home’s comfort level, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout your rooms.

We offer limited promotions throughout the summer for up to $300 off your insulation install. You may also qualify for NYSERDA rebates, further offsetting the cost of this smart investment. To find out more about rebates and current promotions for insulation, contact us for a free estimate!

 

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Best Generators to Beat the Blackout

Generators to Beat the Blackout

Blackouts are bad. We all agree about that. Power outages force us to change plans, worry about our appliances, and desperately try to figure out a solution. It’s easy to get caught off guard by a surprise blackout. You hadn’t planned on a power failure, and you suddenly realize nothing works. Your freezer, fridge, heating or air conditioning, lights, security system — all kaput.

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Types of Water Heaters and How to Choose

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Believe it or not, your water heater plays a key role in many everyday activities around your home. From showering in the morning to cleaning dishes in your kitchen sink after dinner, your hot water heater enables you to get chores done day after day.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) points out water heaters commonly account for 17 percent of a home’s energy use. And with the right type of water heater in place, you could reap the benefits of warm, clean water for years to come.

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Types of Boilers for Your Home

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Choosing the right boiler for your property can be a confusing process, and there are a number of details you need to take into consideration. If you’re changing over to central heating for the first time or considering replacing a current system, it’s important to ask yourself:  “What type of boiler do I need for my property?” This is because the type of boiler best suited for your home will vary depending on a number of factors, discussed in this article.

Remember to take your time when deciding which boiler is the most suitable for your home. All types of boilers come with their own complexities, and choosing the right model isn’t a decision that you should make lightly.

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20 of the Most Expensive Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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It’s a hard statistic for some to fathom, but a majority of the most common plumbing problems people face are self-inflicted. Many people rightfully like to complete projects themselves and many times everything goes just fine, but — with plumbing in particular — something going wrong can be a costly lesson.

Plumbing involves practically every essential system within your home such as water, waste, heat, air conditioning, drainage, irrigation and some others, so it pays to gain knowledge about preventing plumbing problems.

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What to Consider Before Installing a Radiant Heating System

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Your friends warmly extend an invitation to visit their brand new home. You’ve heard so much about it, and they’re thrilled to show it off. It’s in a wonderful location and, as you drive up, you’re taken with its stunning façade and striking landscaping. First impressions are lasting, and it’s already leaving a great one.

They answer the door, smiling. You gaze about, raving about the finishing. A great room concept with high vaulted ceilings and Palladian windows. A gorgeous chandelier. Wide baseboards and thick crown moldings. And those floors! Dark slate in the foyer and golden-hued hardwood throughout.

They take your coat, and you step out of your shoes, ready to take the tour. Then you stop. Something hits you as you stand on the stone, and then move in toward the hardwood floors. They’re so warm! Your friends keep smiling as they watch you react. Before you can ask, they answer for you. “It’s radiant floor heating.” You’re instantly sold on the warmth and start to consider installing a radiant heating system in your own home.

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The Complete Guide to Oil to Gas Conversions

If you’re considering converting from oil to natural gas, you’re not alone. Just a few years ago, oil to gas conversions surged as oil prices climbed. And even though oil prices have dropped recently, many homeowners are still converting to natural gas.

There are several reasons to convert:

  1. Protection from future surges in oil prices
  2. Increased appliance efficiency
  3. Consistently lower cost of natural gas compared to oil
  4. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Converting to natural gas heat is better for your bank account, the environment and your health. But how do you go about converting your oil burning equipment?
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How to Reduce Home Energy Costs

How to Reduce Home Energy Costs
You can reduce your energy consumption in big and little ways. Everything you do to reduce your home energy costs will not only help you by saving money, but it will also positively affect the environment and cut down on the use of non-renewable resources. We live in an energy-saving world that is constantly moving forward with technological advances that aim to:

• Provide energy efficient products
• Come up with ways to make saving energy simple and affordable
• Equip people with the knowledge they need to use energy more efficiently

It makes sense both financially and environmentally to understand as much as you can about how to reduce energy consumption in your home. Heating and cooling is the largest energy expense for the average home in the U.S. If you receive a full home energy assessment, you’ll be surprised at all the improvements you can make in your home while also saving money and lowering your carbon footprint.

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Should You Replace or Repair Your Boiler?

Boiler repair for property owners almost always evokes the question from a homeowner – “Should I repair or replace my boiler?” Our staff is happy to help you determine the best option while we have provided some information below to help you make an informed decision.

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Slideshow: Air Conditioning Maintenance Checklist

Checklists help in ensuring that all important things are achieved. Air conditioning maintenance is a recurrently carried out task. Having a checklist will help in ensuring that the maintenance is done in a correct and appropriate manner. The following slide shows checklists as discussed by air conditioning contractors at Bruni & Campisi. To know more, call at 914.269.6760 (NY) and 203.413.5533 (CT) or email at stephens@brucaminc.com.

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