What Makes Up a Zero Energy Ready Home?

couple home efficiency Zero Energy Ready Home

You may have heard the term “Zero Energy Ready Home” before, especially if you are in the process of building or remodeling. People assume it’s an industry term that references a home with a good energy score or utility performance. While that’s mostly true, there is much more that goes into a Zero Ready Energy Home. What Is A Zero

Why You May Need to Redo the Insulation in Your Aging Home

Spray foram insulation in an aging home

Older homes often have poor Indoor Air Quality. Aging materials and outdated construction practices offer little to pest control, air sealing, moisture control, and other important air quality measures. Air leaks, unwanted moisture, and even pests can enter your home through the attic, crawl spaces, or unsatisfactorily seals in your home. It is possible to redo the insulation in your

Soundproofing Your Business Using Spray RetroFoam Insulation

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Especially if you live or work in a city, you know how distracting and irritating the sounds of some properties can be. Neighbors, animals, nearby lawn mowers, garbage trucks – it all can be very distracting. Especially for businesses with mechanical functions, even noises coming from another room can disturb a business’s workflow. There is a solution to help reduce

Treating or Converting Your Home’s Crawlspace

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Crawlspaces: In older homes, it might just be that creepy space behind the wall, under your home, or in your basement. It might only be accessible via a door outside attached to your home, or you might not even realize it’s there. Older homes used crawlspaces to reduce moisture in the home, though this didn’t end up being a very

How to Save Energy and Reduce Utility Costs This Summer

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The higher temps and humidity spikes for summer have returned again. Each year, Minnesotans find themselves thankful to be rid of winter, then slowly dreading venturing outside in the high summer heat. If you haven’t already, it’s important to make a plan for yourself and your family to combat the summer sun without driving up your energy usage! Follow these

The Misconceptions of First-Time Home Buyers

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Purchasing a home is likely the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. It’s not something people decide quickly. In fact, there are plenty of decisions to make before you even begin shopping. Because it’s such a big decision, there a lot of misconceptions around buying a home that might even frighten off potential home buyers. Some people assume they will

Comparing and Contrasting Insulation for Existing Walls: Fiberglass, Cellulose, and Foam

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Fiberglass Batt Insulation When you think insulation, you probably think of fiberglass. Known for being fluffy, pink, (though it also comes in yellow, green, and white) and itchy, it’s been the main insulation used in homes for decades. It is a man-made, naturally sound-absorbent material and is typically the least expensive insulation option. And it might surprise you to learn

How Much Can Green Energy Applications Actually Save Homeowners?

House on Green Leaf Green Energy Applications

When it comes to green home building, homeowners have a lot of uncertainty. We’re all told about the benefits of green homeownership, but do they really pay off? Which home investments are worth the added price tag? Which should you invest in if you already own your home? If you don’t take advantage of green home solutions, are you spending

Controlling and Preventing Spring Mold Growth in Your Home

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Spring is the season of new growth. The grass is growing again, flowers a jetting out of the ground, and trees are budding. In Minnesota, this also means the last of the snow is melting (or still falling, depending on the day) and ice-covered lakes and rivers are exposed again. All this extra moisture has the opportunity to grow more

Six Tips to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

The quality of the air in your home is determined by a few factors–mainly your home’s HVAC system. All indoor air has the opportunity to become polluted–especially this time of year when mold growth is rampant and allergens are on the move. You might notice low indoor air quality through strange smells, a heavier than normal feeling, or worst of