Posted On: 9/29/2016 2:36 PM
Cellulose Vs. Fiberglass Insulation! Which is better for you and your home? We get this question frequently at Zerodraft when interacting with homeowners about ways of making their home more comfortable and energy efficient. Many people are familiar with fiberglass insulation because it has been in use for decades and is often used by contractors and Do-it-Yourselfers but home performance professionals, engaged in and specializing in home comfort and energy efficient home improvements, certifie
Posted On: 9/13/2016 9:14 AM
Farmer's Almanac Predicts MUCH COLDER winter this Year! WINTER FORECAST 2016-2017Long-Range Forecast 2017 U.S. MapThe long-range weather forecast for 2017 including winter 2016-2017 forecast has been issued by The Old Farmer’s Almanac! There have been many almanacs over the years, but only one Old Farmer’s Almanac—North America’s biggest, best-selling, and oldest almanac since George Washington’s time as president of the U.S.! GENERAL LONG-RANGE WEATHER 2017Get ready for a shift from last year!
Posted On: 4/26/2016 11:56 AM
With summer almost here in Albany, NY, many homeowners are looking towards ways to reduce energy bills once it becomes time to turn on the air conditioners. One of the biggest problems that people run into when attempting to boost home efficiency for the summer is energy loss, and the source can often be traced to a home’s windows. If you’re ready to switch your old windows out for something new, you may be confused about where to start. At Zerodraft, we recommend vinyl windows for those who are
Posted On: 4/25/2016 3:37 PM
Spring is finally here in Syracuse, which means it’s time to open up the windows and let some fresh air into the house. If you suffer from allergies, however, chances are you’ll find that the air outside isn’t always as fresh as you might hope. Whether it be smoke, combustion fuel sources, mold or other pollutants, the air outside can be loaded with particles that can affect the health and safety of you and your family once inside the home. Add to this household chemicals and issues with your HV
Posted On: 4/18/2016 11:46 AM
High Energy Bills If your windows are not Energy Star rated, you could be greatly increasing your heating and cooling costs! Condensation on windows When warm, moist air contacts a cooler surface, such as window glass that is letting in cold air, it cannot hold as much water vapor so it condenses onto the cool surface. This can also cause frost on the inside of the windows during the summer. You Can Feel a Draft Rooms with windows don’t have to be drafty. Energy efficient window will keep
Posted On: 4/13/2016 11:43 AM
For Syracuse homeowners who are looking to boost home performance, the thermal boundary is one of the most important areas of the home to consider. This being said, it’s also a part of the home that goes overlooked. The thermal boundary is what separates the home’s conditioned space from its unconditioned space. Ideally, it’s an air sealed, insulated area that is responsible for controlling heat flow in and out of the home, and it plays a key role in overall energy efficiency and home performanc
Posted On: 3/17/2016 11:03 AM
At Zerodraft, we place a great deal of focus on the principles of home performance. We talk about the concept of home performance quite a bit, but what does it actually mean for your home? Generally speaking, home performance is a whole-home approach to comfort, energy efficiency and costs. Home performance analyzes all the interacting systems in your home (HVAC, occupants, appliances, climate, etc) to make full, holistic home upgrades. Enhancing home performance and energy efficiency is about t
Posted On: 3/16/2016 10:27 AM
Spring is almost here in Syracuse, which means there’s quite a bit of wet weather ahead. Between daily routines and seasonal temperature fluctuations, homes across Syracuse are prone to excess indoor moisture, no matter how old or new they may be. As many homeowners know, too much moisture inside the home can result in poor indoor air quality, which can affect the health and safety of inhabitants. Fortunately, Zerodraft’s insulation and air sealing services can help to prevent hazardous indoor
Posted On: 3/9/2016 12:34 PM
A blower door test is used during an energy audit, and is able to locate air leaks by attaching a fan to a doorway to depressurize the house. Zerodraft conducts blower door tests before and after air sealing to measure the effectiveness of their work. An infrared camera may be used during a blower door test to determine where air is leaking into your home. The average untreated home has the equivalent air leakage to leaving a window open for 24 hours a day!
Posted On: 3/2/2016 11:35 AM
Many Syracuse residents are doing everything they can in order to reduce the amount of electricity they use on a daily basis. While most people have their hearts in the right place, the strides they’re making aren’t always as effective as they’d like to think. LED bulbs and high-efficiency boilers can both be extremely useful when it comes to reducing costs, but the best place to start if this is a priority is the attic. In most cases, attics lack insulation, and Zerodraft can fix the problem.