Winter is Here! Importance of Insulation

According to the United States Department of Energy, adding winter insulation to an under-insulated older home, or even a new home, can make the house more comfortable and reduce energy bills so dramatically that the insulation pays for itself in a few years. Floors above unheated garages, foundations, ducts and basements are all good candidates for insulation. But in preparing for the winter, attics, cathedral ceilings and exterior walls should take priority.

Insulate Attics — They’re A Common Heat-Loss Trouble Spot
Attics are the space between your roof and your home, and one of the most common problem areas for inside heat to escape outside. Either loose-fill or batt insulation are the most common types of insulatory material in the attic. Loose fill is often cheaper and more effective, as long as it is installed the right way.Before insulating the attic, it is important to make roof repairs and plug leaks first. Vertical walls in front of attic spaces, called “knee walls,” should be insulated and air sealed, as should the attic access point.

Keep Household Temperatures Even By Insulating Cathedral Ceilings.

Insulation is the best way to keep cathedral ceilings as close to room temperature as possible, which ensures an even temperature level throughout the home. Foil-faced batt insulation is common in this situation because it is permeable, which is important for homes without attics. Just as with attics, it is crucial to keep cathedral ceilings not just insulated, but properly ventilated as well. Therefore, insulation can not butt up against any vents or other openings designed to allow air to flow from the inside out and vice versa.

Exterior Wall Insulation Doesn’t Have To Disturb The Home.

For exterior walls, consider using blow-in insulation with the dense-pack technique, which creates a great air seal. If the home is not under renovation and the walls are closed, use injectible spray foam to create minimal disturbance. If the walls will be opened during a remodeling, consider using two-part spray foam or wet spray cellulose insulation. If the home is being built new, built-in structural insulation, such as insulating wall sheathing, may be your best bet.

When winter is on its way, or has already arrived, the single most important step a homeowner can take to increase comfort and reduce energy costs is to make sure the house is adequately insulated with the right materials in the right places. Start with the attic, cathedral ceilings and exterior walls, but don’t neglect any other trouble spots your contractor identifies.

This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.

Importance of clear drain line in summer!!! – Please read

Summer is quickly approaching and that means that it is almost time to switch the systems over into air conditioning, but did you know that your AC system produces water during use? As the AC runs, it pulls the humidity out of the air in the form of water, and that water must drain somewhere. You should have what’s known as a condensate line attached to your air handler. It does not matter if your air handler is located in your attic, garage, or even under your house, it must have a drain line attached to it and that line must kept clear. Having a clogged drain line can cause the water to back up in the system and then fill, come out, and ruin areas of your system or home. We recommend to always have your drain line clear and having safety shutoffs installed. There are several different types of safety shut offs when it comes to water backing up, but it is most important that they are installed and functioning properly. Making sure that your drain line is clear could save you money, time, and frustration this upcoming summer. We have maintenance agreements designed to suit your needs. Our maintenance agreement holders can rest easy knowing that we have ensured their drain line is clear and their safety devices are working properly during our seasonal “tune ups”. If you are interested in having that same piece of mind, please contact us and we help you decide which maintenance plan is right for you.

Tech Tuesday’s Subject – Preventive Maintenance and Service Agreements – Why Important?

Did you know that 9 out of 10 HVAC system failures are caused by dirt and rust? Just as a car needs oil changes and tune-up every now and then to run efficiently, your HVAC system also needs periodic maintenance inspections to ensure that it is running most efficiently in cooling and heating your home or your business. There are many other benefits in maintaining your HVAC systems.

There is a 70/30 rule when you think of costs of a HVAC system. 70% of the cost should be preventive in nature and 30% should be corrective. We all know that eventually anything mechanical will need to be repaired. B&M’s Preventive Maintenance Program provides periodic inspections of your HVAC system. During these inspections, our certified technicians will perform items off a checklist to optimize the performance of your system. Items on the list include: filter change, thorough system cleaning, and check for leaks and signs of wear and tear.

In the long run, Our Preventative Maintenance Program will save you time and money. Preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is a means to an end. You want to ensure that your unit is operating at peak efficiency when you need it most. Not only will you save money on the cost of maintaining your system, you also save on energy bill. Along with that when you need corrective service, B&M’s Preventative Maintenance program gives you priority in case of emergency over non-contract customers as well as service discounts of up to 15% depending on which program fits your needs.

We offer 3 tiers of Preventive Maintenance Programs, Heritage Program(2 visits and filter changes per year), Discovery Program(1 visit and filter change per year) and our Commercial Maintenance Program which can be configured to each customers individual needs. ALL of our agreements come with our guarantee for the repairs of any damage caused by condensate overflows in your HVAC system providing you have no lapse in maintenance.  For more information place contact us.

From all of our Service Team, we thank you for choosing B&M Contractors Inc. as your HVAC and Electrical Service Company.

Blog written by Jeff Wines – Service Technician 

B&M Contractors announces Tech Tuesday Blogs!

B&M Contractors, Inc. has decided to share with our community a blog written by one of our experienced Service Technicians that will post each Tuesday.  We encourage everyone to read the posts, share with others and message us any subjects of interest in the HVAC world and we will attempt to address each as they come in.  We look forward to your suggestions and hope that you look forward to our Tech Tuesday posts! First post will occur tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Happy Monday from B&M Contractors!

At B&M Contractors, Inc., we are starting the week off with an educational session in regards to preventative maintenance. It is spring and we recommend everyone have their HVAC systems cleaned and checked in preparation for the summer heat! CALL 252-338-6090 to schedule your appointment or to sign up for a maintenance plan.