11 things you can do to increase energy savings for the summer

11 things you can do to increase energy savings for the summer

Energy savings is at the top of the list of summer goals for most people. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat and keep your electric bill down this year. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortably possible. We recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature. Resist the urge to turn your thermostat down too far. Lowering the temperature does not speed up how fast your home cools down. Experiment with the temperature and find the highest setting you can comfortably use.   Make sure you have your unit serviced regularly. A properly functioning air conditioner can greatly reduce the amount of energy used to operate a unit. If you are using your air conditioner daily consider changing your filters monthly instead of every three months. A clean filter will allow air to flow more easily, causing your unit to work more efficiently.   During the day close your blinds and block any source of outside heat. At night open up your home while it’s cool. This is a very basic, yet extremely cost effective way to increase your energy savings.   Use Window, ceiling and whole-house fans to stay comfortable. They cool a room down by circulating the air and creating a breeze. Whole-house fans pull cooler air from outside in, and push the hot air in the attic out, causing your home to cool down. Both traditional fans and whole-house fans use much less energy than running an air conditioner.   Keep your indoor heet down. Turn off any lights you don’t...
How To Make a Room Feel More Cozy

How To Make a Room Feel More Cozy

The team at Reeves Insulation, LLC knows a thing or two about how to properly insulate a building to keep the interior temperature comfortable. The R Value inside the walls isn’t the only thing that makes a room feel cozy and comfortable. Here are a few tips on how you can make your room look as cosy as it feels. 1. Use Layers. Layering things like the light sources in the room, the rugs, and any textured decor will give your room a cozy feel to it. To layer lighting try and give your room more than just one source of light. Keep the lighting at eye level and at varying degrees of usefulness. Fairy lights are a charming way to add a delicate layer of light to a room. A lamp is the perfect way to create a cozy, functional reading space. A fireplace might be the most cozy element any room can have. It gives off warm lighting and functions as a heat source during cold winter months, which could help if the R value in your home is not up to par. What is R Value you ask? Go here to see what it’s all about, and how R value can affect your home.  2. Texture. Texture brings charm and cozyness to a room the same way layers do. Fill the room with throws, pillows, wallpaper, decor and more. The best and easiest way to add texture to a room? Throws. If the room feels like it needs something simple to make it more cozy, add a throw somewhere. Add several throws, depending on the size and functionality...
6 Reasons For Home Efficiency You May Have Not Considered

6 Reasons For Home Efficiency You May Have Not Considered

There are more than just financial benefits to making your home more energy efficient. Energy savings has the potential to help improve our lives in many ways. Are you interested in making your home more energy efficient? Give us a call. Reeves Insulation, LLC offers energy audits. Call us for a free estimation: (870) 793-2623. 1. Energy Savings is Good Investment. Most homeowners considering home efficiency upgrades and energy savings are doing so to lower their utility bills. This is a great way to save over years of living in an efficient home. The cost of making your home more energy efficient might scare some people off. Big home upgrades are not cheap. However, the money you spend will make it back to you in utility bills savings over years of use. 2. Energy Efficient Homes have a Higher Market Value.  Looking to sell your home? Getting your home certified as energy efficient will increase its value. Energy efficient homes have better windows, more comfortable interior temperature, newer appliances and equipment, and more. Even if you are not planning on selling your home. The upgrades you make will go towards a better quality home for you and your family to live. The new technology used for energy efficiency has a lower risk of breaking down. By reducing the moisture in the air you also cut down on the risk of finding mold in your home. Mold damage is expensive, inconvenient, and can be hazardous to your health.  3. Energy Efficiency will Improve your Quality of Life.  There are many qualities you add to your house to make it a home....
Should You Have a Home Energy Audit?

Should You Have a Home Energy Audit?

Here are a few reasons to schedule a Home Energy Audit from Reeves Insulation today! 1. Wasting energy is costing you money. The most obvious reason to get your home audited for energy efficiency is to save money. Utility bills aren’t cheap. Especially in the hot, humid Arkansas summer. You want to make sure all the precious cool air that your air conditioner is working so hard to fill the house with, stays in the house. 2. It’s important to keep your home at a comfortable interior temperature. The temperature of your home can affect your sleep, productivity and mood. Everyone has specific temperature preferences for sleeping, studying and working. That’s why it’s so important to create an ideal environment inside your home. One of the best ways to find an ideal interior temperature AND save money is to invest in a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can be set to turn on and off depending on when you will be home and when you will be out. This saves money by only controlling the temperature when you are home. This means you avoid wasting precious cool or warm air on an empty house. 3. Avoid wasting money on efficiency upgrades you don’t need. Having your home audited by professional will tell you exactly where your home is losing energy. You can invest in better windows, more insulation and new energy efficient appliances. Without a certified professional you don’t know what your home really needs to be most energy efficient. Get the most out of your energy saving budget. A professional energy audit will help you determine what to invest...
7 Tips for Home Energy Efficiency

7 Tips for Home Energy Efficiency

At Reeves Insulation we know the benefits of a properly insulated home go beyond interior comfort, but energy savings as well. When your home is properly insulated, it uses less energy. Using less energy saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint. The best way to make your home energy efficient is to have proper insulation. That’s where we come in. Reeves Insulation has over 30 years of expertise in home and office building insulation. We’ll help you decide what kind of insulation is best for you. Here are a few tips to help make your home more energy efficient. 1. Wash your Laundry in Cold Water Helps with Energy Savings. Doing laundry? If you can, run your washing machine with cold water. Cold water doesn’t require as much energy as hot does. Do you already separate your loads based on color? Maybe start separating them based on whether they can be washed in cold water or need to be washed in hot. 2. Only run a full Dryer for Optimal Energy Savings. Make sure you are filling the dryer with a full load of laundry every time you run it. If the dryer isn’t full, the extra hot air goes to waste. You could also consider line drying every once and awhile. 3. Turn down the Temperature of your hot water Heater. You might not even notice the difference. We recommend setting it at about 130° or 120° Fahrenheit. You can also wrap your water heater tank in a special blanket to keep in insulated, which is a little know energy savings pro tip. 4. Skip the oven....
What You Need to Know About Insulation

What You Need to Know About Insulation

While most people don’t give much thought to what’s in their attic or behind their walls, proper insulation is key when it comes to having a comfortable home, lowering energy usage, and preventing moisture problems. The Role of Insulation There are three types of heat flow mechanisms: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the way heat travels through materials. Convection is the way heat circulates in liquid and gases. And radiation travels in a straight line and heats anything solid in its path. According to the Department of Energy (energy.gov), heat flows from warmer to cooler until there is no longer a temperature difference, regardless of the mechanism. So in the summer, it keeps the warm air outside, and in the winter, it keeps the warm air inside. It does this by trapping pockets of air which slows down the heat flow process. How It’s Rated Insulation is rated by the measurement of resistance the material has to heat transfer, also known as R-value. The higher the R-value the more effective the insulation is. The installation greatly affects the R-value of the material. If installed poorly, this can cut the value substantially. For example, you can install R-30 fiberglass batts but if the batts are not installed perfectly flush with the attic floor, it can cut down to less than half. The reason is because there are gaps between the insulation and the attic floor, which can cause convection heat in those gaps. That heat then turns into radiation heat from the attic floor to inside the home. For more information about R-Value, visit us here. Types of Insulation...