Last updated 6 years ago
We dug this photo up in an old album and want to share it with everyone. Steve is a well respected member in our industry. As you see in this photo, he was 'recently' inducted into the ICA CA Hall of Fame in 1988. We are proud and lucky to have him as the president of our company.
Last updated 6 years ago
As professionals, Progressive is often faced with situations where homeowners evaluate a home situation and come up with a conclusion not warranted by the facts. If the original evaluation is pursued, not only are resources (time/money) wasted, but it also leads to dissatisfaction as the real need isn’t met. What are some typical mistakes? Here’s a short list.
Simple or System? -- The concept of a house seems so simple that homeowners often fail to realize the complexity of home performance systems. Homeowners feel problems from the level of personal experience. They know the back corner bedroom is hotter than other bedrooms and make a preliminary guess as to why that is the case. But is the evaluation correct? Without knowing exactly what is causing the problem, time and money are spent for a solution that is partial and dissatisfying. Simple air-flow testing and IR camera investigation will pinpoint the nature and location of the real culprit so that a full and satisfying solution can be offered.
Bigger or Tighter? -- The homeowner feels the heat of summer penetrating his home and assumes the solution to be a bigger AC unit. The AC vendor will confirm the need for a bigger AC unit, pleased to make the sale. No one speaks of air leakage in either the ducts or walls or floors or ceiling. If the air cooled by the AC unit is only partially getting into the house due to ducts that are leaking at 50%-80%, a bigger AC unit will still fail to produce satisfactory results unless the leaky ducts are corrected. Once the cooled air is in the house it can quickly dissipate if there are points in the floor and ceiling that draw the cool air to the outside through the stack effect. Also, a superheated attic absorbs a lot of cool air. The need is not a bigger AC unit but a tighter house!
Attics Only or Whole House? -- The homeowner has heard that 80% of homes have attics that are under-insulated. Knowing that heat rises, they project from this one accurate idea a partial solution: “The warm air from my heater is escaping through the attic so I need to have more attic insulation.” There is no consideration given to the other five sides of the thermal envelope or the issue of air leakage. While greater insulation in the attic is important, if there are penetrations in the ceiling, roof and walls that allows uncontrolled air flow, the insulation becomes a filter and doesn’t perform as insulation.
Does One Size Fit All? -- Each home is unique. Homeowners may be led to think insulation follows the common rule of “one size fits all,” not realizing that homes perform differently. Combinations of structural circumstances make the home unique. A cathedral ceiling. A flat roof. A combination of cathedral in the front and flat in the back. One set of building standards used for the original house and another standard for an add-on. Aesthetic consideration overriding the need for an air-tight house. To get the best out of the insulation systems in the home, a home profile will help to define the steps to take. The days of rule-of-thumb have given way to that of building science and home performance.
Is Newer Better? -- There is a perception that bigger and newer is better. The latest method or product gains consumer attention over standard efficiency. There is the potential for the homeowner to opt for an expensive product with questionable factors of safety. Denim or cotton insulation costs more than old school cellulose, but doesn’t perform better when installation is the same for both. Some new spray foam products, more expensive than standard fiberglass insulation, also come with off-gassing qualities that are harmful to humans. Imagine your AC unit in the attic with the spray foam product! But because it is a new product recently developed, a homeowner may opt for this without considering a more standard solution that is more cost effective and allows resources to develop a complete solution.
Does Air Quality Affect Health? -- Air leakage is resolved through the control of air flow – air tightness. Another benefit of controlling air flow is an increase in the quality of interior air. Homeowners will typically assume that the air inside their home has as much or more quality as the air outside. However, testing demonstrates that air quality inside a home is typically three times worse than that outside. Motivation to save energy AND develop comfort is strengthened when the homeowner realizes that air quality often means fewer problems with asthma and allergy. Progressive works with a certified pharmacist who is able to make the connection between health issues and air quality.
Which Comes First? -- There is a natural sequencing of events when considering home performance. Efficiency is first. Before deciding the size AC unit or the number of Solar panels, the home must be made efficient. By insulating and air-sealing, the size of the HVAC unit needed to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home is reduced. A smaller HVAC unit also reduces the amount of energy needed to maintain heating and cooling at a comfortable level. By reducing the amount of energy used, you don’t need as many solar panels to be energy neutral. The CPUC set a goal in October 2007, that by 2020 all new homes would be energy neutral – producing as much energy as they used – and that this would be accomplished through “advanced insulation systems.” The sequence is efficiency first, then other systems.
A concept Progressive commonly uses to encourage homeowners to think about their needs is, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Ask questions. Be open. Learn what you don’t know and make a wise investment in your home.
Last updated 5 years ago
Effective insulation is vital to any home. However, insulation is installed at the earliest stages of a house’s construction and it is seldom upgraded even when renovations are badly needed. By re-insulating your home, you can significantly boost its long-term value. Here are some of the most notable benefits of professionally installed insulation:
Lowering Your Energy Bills
Insulating your home is one of the best cost-effective energy-saving measures a homeowner can make. Effective home insulation works by keeping hot air inside the house during winter and outside during the summer. The more effectively you insulate your home, the less need you will have to run your HVAC system. Think of your home as a six-sided box and consider the need to insulate on all six sides to protect from exposure to outside air.
Reducing Noise inside Your Home
Having a comfortable home means having a quiet home. With a professionally insulated house, you’ll notice a significant difference in the level of ordinary household noise you are exposed to. The reason: Insulation actually absorbs sound waves from noise-making appliances, audio players, and even conversation. High-quality insulation amounts to reducing the noise level inside your house.
Making Your Home a Healthier Place
Living in a leaky home can raise your likelihood of becoming sick. Effective insulation will help prevent mold and mildew from growing in your ceilings and walls, which will help ensure clean air and reduce the potential for allergic reactions or asthma attacks. The key to healthier air is the control of airflow, which is accomplished through an air-seal. It’s the air-seal that makes the insulation do its job.
You can rely on the team at Progressive Insulation & Windows for all of your household window and insulation upgrades. Our three decades of dedicated service have made us one of Southern California’s most trusted window and insulation contractors. If you’re in the Thousand Oaks area, call (818) 709-0988 to request a free consultation. For more details about our products and services, visit us today on the Web.
Last updated 6 years ago
Windows are good for more than just looking through; they are also the most important element to having an energy efficient home. Unfortunately, the costs of upgrading your windows make it difficult for homeowners to afford renovations that will lower their energy bills.
We at Progressive Insulation and Windows recently performed a Home Profile for a Canoga Park resident. The Home Profile helped this resident qualify for over $5,000 in rebates through the Energy Upgrade program in California while reducing her energy consumption by over 50%. To learn more, read our press release on PRWeb.