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...
Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Preventing Moisture Issues in Your Home Insulation

Tis the season… for warmer weather, sunshine, and a lot of rain. 2018 was one of the wettest years on record in Arkansas, and that means a lot of risk for moisture getting into the nooks and crannies of your home.  How you prevent moisture in your home insulation this time of year?  It’s not just rain that’s a risk either – the heavy humidity we’re blessed with here in the South can also impact your home insulation and other areas of your property. How can you prevent moisture issues in your insulation? Here are some tips!   Know the Causes of Moisture Problems How does water get into your home? The majority of the problems come from air currents and moisture that goes along with it. That means the sticky Arkansas summers are a prime time for moisture buildup in your home insulation. You can also get water into your house when it diffuses through other materials – like when you siding becomes soaked or your shingles let water in. When moist air enters your walls, it will condense on cooler materials. This can mean water on your insulation, framing, and walls.   Control Moisture With Proper Home Insulation Fortunately, a high-quality local insulation company can help you keep moisture out. Air sealing is vital because it helps prevent damp air from flowing into your house. You also need high-quality insulation, which will not only prevent condensation but will also save you a lot in energy costs. For instance, if you use spray foam for home insulation, you get a very high level of comfort. The cool air...
What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

Asbestos was not the perfect home insulation solution. We all know that asbestos is extremely dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. However, it’s still legal to use it in the United States although it’s highly regulated. Asbestos was a very popular material that was used in building and home insulation up through the 1970s. Some builders continued to use it into the 1990s. It is fire, electrical, and sound-proof. Combined with its low cost, it seemed like the perfect insulation. Of course, we all know that was wrong. In the ’70s asbestos became linked with cancer and mesothelioma, and after the Clean Air Act builders were no longer allowed to use it as insulation. However, it remained on the market and continues to be used in a variety of non-insulation applications. Knowing what to do if you suspect asbestos in your home is vital, especially if you have an older home and think you might have this material in your home.   Have Professionals Remove Asbestos Insulation If you have asbestos insulation in your home, you should have it professionally removed as soon as possible. Never try to hand this material on your own. A removal company can safely take asbestos out of your home, allowing you to replace the insulation. To replace your insulation, let Reeves Insulation help you determine what’s best for your home. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam, there are a variety of safe and effective home insulation products you can use. There are options available across a range of prices and energy savings, so let us help you...