Insulating Existing Walls

Insulating Existing Walls

Today in Arkansas if you walk from the grocery store to your car you will break a sweat. And then while you are carrying those groceries into your home, you can expect to be drenched in sweat. We’re talking, shorts sticking to your thighs, shirt soaked, kind of sweat.  Pull up your weather app and check out the heat index for the day. Today’s read “95 degrees. Feels like 110 degrees.” One Hundred and Ten degrees! That is no joke. When you come home to your family after a day of grocery shopping and you are getting ready to cook dinner, you do not want your house being as hot on the inside as it is on the outside. That is where we come in to help. At Reeves Insulation, we are the spray foam insulation experts. Our 30 years of experience will come in handy when you need someone to help keep your house cool.   Burning a Hole In Your Pocket   Growing up in a home that was built in the 1800’s, I remember summer nights, the ceiling fan would be whirring, and it was still so hot. Mom would yell from the living room, “if you lay perfectly still you’ll catch a breeze and it won’t be so hot.” As we got older, mom and dad decided to renovate the home and add on to it. As we started tearing down walls we learned that the walls had zero insulation in them. There was nothing keeping that Arkansas summer air from coming into the house, no matter how hard we tried to keep it cool...
FAQ – Spray Foam Insulation

FAQ – Spray Foam Insulation

There’s nothing more frustrating than having some rooms in your home be freezing while others are perfectly comfortable. Or maybe some areas of your home are simply hot no matter what you do. Ideally, your heating and cooling systems would keep your home at a constant temperature. Don’t overwork your HVAC systems! Get all your rooms to a comfortable temperature with spray foam insulation. Upgrading your home insulation in just a few ways can save you money on your energy bills and give you a good night sleep. Here are some tips you need this winter! Have Proper Home Insulation While there are steps you can take to make small differences, they will all be for nothing if you’re insulation isn’t what it needs to be. Do you have cellulose insulation that’s settled (this is rare but it can happen in historic Arkansas homes)? If you are adding to your home, or renovating,  it may be time to upgrade to spray foam insulation. The best way to assess your home insulation and energy needs is to have an energy audit — we can do that for you!. From there, be sure you find a reputable insulation company in the Batesville or Jonesboro area to help you out. — You might consider these guys. We have over 30 years of experience serving this community, so you know that when you work with Reeves Insulation you’re getting the very best quality materials and workmanship! Clean Air Vents Regularly Check your air vents in each room. You might be surprised to find that one or more is actually clogged up. Even if...
Tired of Your High Electric Bill?

Tired of Your High Electric Bill?

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, the average electricity bill in Arkansas is around $105.64. This number varies depending on your energy provider, the size of your home and location. However, you can take charge of keeping your bill low by taking measures to boost your home energy savings. Believe it or not, small tweaks like caulking your windows and replacing your light bulbs can go a long way. You should also consider larger projects such as replacing your windows to obtain long term savings and make your home more efficient. Are you tired of your high electric bill? Don’t know how to lower it? Here are the top 5 tips you should follow to boost your energy savings today.   1. Replace Your Windows Replacing your windows can be expensive depending on the model you choose, but it can save you up to $274 a year. Low e glass models will boost your home energy savings the most. At Reeves Insulation, we can replace your windows to make your home more energy-efficient. These windows come with a lifetime warranty and multiple seals to prevent drafts.   2. Seal and Caulk Any Openings or Cracks Openings and cracks are the most common causes of high utility bills. Weather conditions, age, among other factors can create openings and cracks in your home. If you want to lower your electric bill, you should check your windows and doors for any openings. Caulking your windows and doors every year is a good practice to prevent drafts. You should also prioritize inspecting and repairing any cracks in the interior and exterior...
Top 5 Things to Consider When Hiring Insulation Contractors

Top 5 Things to Consider When Hiring Insulation Contractors

Insulating your home provides benefits ranging from lowering your energy costs to reducing noise. To obtain the best results, it’s vital to hire the right expert. Not all contractors are knowledgeable and provide the best options. If you had a bad experience in the past, you may be hesitant about hiring a contractor to insulate your home. However, you can hire the best contractor if you do your research. Don’t know what factors to consider? Here are the top 5 things to consider when hiring insulation contractors.   1. Does the Company Pass Your Vetting Process with Flying Colors? You should consider insulation contractors with a great online review or rating reputation. However, you should still vet the companies. Ask them for references or examples of their completed jobs. Maybe you can take a look at project photos or even reach out to their clients. Ask the contractor to run you through their process and how they fixed their client issues. During the quote process, you should also ask them about projects similar to your job. Their previous work will provide a clear idea of what to expect after hiring them. Make sure to ask details about their experience such as their years of experience in the industry, the types of projects completed, among other information.   2. What Licenses Do They Hold? Before hiring insulation contractors, you should verify the status of their licenses. The best contractors will meet your local licensing requirements. Depending on your state, contractors may need builder’s, company or individual licenses. If you find out their licenses expired, you should consider hiring another company....
Detecting and Eliminating Home Pests

Detecting and Eliminating Home Pests

There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep and hearing tiny feet skittering across the ceiling. You’re suddenly wide awake, because you’ve realized you have mice or other pests in your home. What do you do? The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can detect and get rid of home pests. You can use clues to find out what kinds of animals or insects are in your home and then take steps to get rid of them.  Most importantly, you can do several things to keep the pests away so they never get in again. From high-quality home insulation to understanding why animals want into your house, here’s what you need to know.   Why Do Animals Come Into a Home? Before you can take action on animals and insects in your home, you need to understand why they are there. Once you know what attracts pests to your home, you can remove the temptations so they aren’t as likely to come in. In the winter, all kinds of animals and bugs come into your home to get refuge from the weather and cold. You can do much to remove those incentives, but taking steps like improving home insulation can help them stay away. In the summer, many animals see your home as a place to hide from the hot sun, get food, and find abundant water. Many homeowners know to clean up food spills and crumbs, but they don’t think about the water issue. Be sure that there are no leaks in your plumbing or dampness issues in your basement. If there are, many...
What to Look For When Buying a Home

What to Look For When Buying a Home

As home insulation experts, we know a thing or two about what makes a home comfortable and easy to live in. Many of these things are behind walls or in crawlspaces – not easy to see for the average home shopper. It’s easy to fall in love with what you see on the surface of a new home. Having a new property is exciting anyway, and many times it’s cleaned and staged to look beautiful. However, like any major purchase, it’s important to look behind the scenes as well. From wiring to home insulation, here are some less-considered aspects of a home that can make or break your enjoyment of it.   Know Your Wiring Just because a home seller says a home is “completely updated” doesn’t mean that the wiring is modern or even up to code. Older homes can have knob-and-tube wiring, or perhaps the homeowner tried to do their own repairs and didn’t complete the job correctly. Old wiring can cause significant hazards. It may not be grounded correctly, or a circuit could be overloaded. Worn wiring can spark and cause a fire inside a wall that can cause serious damage and even destroy the house entirely. Take the time to have an electrician look at the circuit breaker, electrical panels, and any easy-to-access wiring. You can find out quickly if there are concerns.   Check the HVAC In a state like Arkansas, we get all kinds of weather. It can be extremely hot or quite cold. We can have rain, ice, or wind. In every case, you need to have your furnace and air conditioner...