Thinking About Insulation as Wintertime Draws Near

October 16, 2020

Colder weather is on the way here in South Central Texas, so now’s the time to get your home ready. During colder months, a lack of insulation can allow warm air from your heating system to leak out and colder air from outdoors to get into your home. (In summer, insufficient insulation can lead to a reversal of this problem, with cold air leaking from the home and warm air seeping in.) With this blog, we aim to help homeowners better understand the types of insulation available for their homes in anticipation of coming winter weather. Blanket Insulation Blanket insulation—which is also called batt insulation or roll insulation—is usually made of fiberglass, plastic, mineral wool or natural fibers. This kind of insulation is used in unfinished spaces, such as attics. Blanket insulation is also a good choice for walls and foundations. Loose Fill or Blown-In Insulation Loose-fill insulation, also known as blown-in insulation, may be made of fiberglass, natural fibers or mineral wool. This insulation type is a good choice for hard-to-reach areas and for adding extra insulation to a space that needs additional protection against leaks of inside air and intrusion of outside air. Loose-fill insulation can be blown...

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Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home

May 10, 2020

You don’t want to waste energy keeping your home comfortable. Once air has been heated or cooled, it’s important to try to keep that air in your home for as long as possible for energy efficiency. One of the best ways to keep conditioned air in your home is to add insulation. With so many types of insulation available, though, it can be difficult to know which type is right for your home. To help you keep your home energy efficient, here are some tips from GVEC Home® regarding choosing and installing insulation. Main Variables: Location and Cost Ultimately, there are two main factors that determine what type of insulation is right for your home: location and budget. The location is important because different types of insulation are appropriate for different areas in your home. For example, if you are planning on installing insulation in your attic, you can choose between cellulose, fiberglass and spray foam insulation. On the other hand, if you want to install insulation in a completed wall, you can choose between spray foam and blown-in cellulose. Cost is the other main factor in determining which type of insulation you choose. To return to the attic insulation...

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Five Tips for Extending the Life of Your HVAC System

October 10, 2019

GVEC Home has been providing HVAC services for more than five decades to Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, Cuero and beyond. Here are five important recommendations we make to our residential clients to help them get the most out of their AC/heating systems. 1. Get Seasonal Tune-Ups We cannot stress enough how important seasonal tune-ups are to the long-term health of your system. GVEC Home recommends two AC/heating tune-ups each year. Our Comfort Check® AC and heating maintenance plan fits the bill, with two tune-ups per year—one in spring and one in fall. These two checkups provide a range of routine maintenance and inspections for your system and are extremely cost-effective. Our seasonal checkups are designed to spot and resolve smaller AC/heating issues before they grow into full-blown problems that are expensive to correct. This helps increase the lifespan and dependability of your system. Plus, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that regular maintenance can save between 5 and 10 percent on annual heating and cooling costs. And if you’re not interested in investing in a long-term maintenance-plan contract, GVEC Home also offers a one-time Check-N-Save visit, which provides the same basic tune-up for your system without a long-term commitment....

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