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  • Insulation and Global Warming

    Posted On: 8/25/2015 9:34 AM

    Global warming and climate change have been in the news long enough now that just about everyone is familiar with the concept and what it could mean for our future. Many Albany, NY homeowners have “gone green” as a result, buying local and avoiding the use of chemicals that could potentially contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. But did you know that the type of insulation you choose for your home could be a contributing factor? If you answer ‘no,’ you’re not alone

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  • Introduction to Fiberglass vs. Spray Foam Insulation

    Posted On: 8/17/2015 1:38 PM

    When it comes to choosing between different types of insulation, many homeowners in Albany and the rest of NY don’t know where to turn. After all, there are a variety of different options on the market, all of which are rather different from one another in both their makeup and how they operate. Two of the most common forms of insulation that we see in the home performance industry are spray foam and fiberglass. Each option offers its own set of pros and cons, and understanding the differences

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  • Energy Savings MythBusters Part 1

    Posted On: 8/14/2015 10:21 AM

    Myths proliferate everywhere, especially in this social media age – even here in upstate New York! When it comes to energy efficiency, there are a lot of half-truths floating around. Below are 3 common energy saving myths, and Zerodraft is here to bust them. Myth #1: New homes are always more energy efficient than older homes. A home's energy efficiency is less related to its age than it is the construction and design. While most new homes are built with energy efficiency in mind, important as

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  • Is your Contractor a BPI GoldStar Contractor?

    Posted On: 8/4/2015 9:57 AM

    Finding the right contractor is one of the biggest hurdles Albany, NY residents face. It doesn’t matter what type of job is in question — the first person you find isn’t always the right fit. Many homeowners look for contractors who have a good attitude and are fair in their pricing, both of which are important traits that can help lead to a great working relationship. What often goes overlooked, however, are verifiable qualifications. In the home performance industry, there is no qualification

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  • Reasons to get Spray Foam Insulation This Summer

    Posted On: 7/28/2015 9:17 AM

    It’s the height of summer right now in Albany, NY – that time of year when your energy bill becomes THE BILL. Your indoor lighting usage has probably decreased, but cooling demand has increased enough to make your total tab more than it was during March, April and May. Despite the high energy usage, you may be noticing that your home still isn’t entirely cool and comfortable. Muggy hot spots have emerged in various rooms. What’s happening behind the scenes in your home to create this “perfect s

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  • Why do I need attic insulation in the summer?

    Posted On: 7/20/2015 10:04 AM

    Insulation creates a barrier between the outside and the living space, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The walls and roof are, of course, major components of this exterior-interior barrier. But it’s just as important to address the division between the interior zones of the attic and the living space. Why is that? Heat travels in 3 ways: From one surface to another facing surface (radiation) Between two surfaces in direct contact (conduction) With air flows (conv

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  • Feeling Ill? Is it Allergies or Carbon Monoxide?

    Posted On: 7/17/2015 9:49 AM

    Here at Zerodraft, we like to “zero in” on the real causes of your home-related problems. We don’t just address comfort issues, we also look for safety issues, especially when it comes to air quality. As seasonal allergies reach their peak, you may assume that your symptoms are rooted in pollen, dander or mold. Allergies are worth assessing in and of themselves, but you should also consider the possibility that you have carbon monoxide (CO) in the house. Zerodraft is experienced with insulating

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  • Zerodraft Receives The 2015 Regional Outstanding Contractor Award & Century Club Award from NYSERDA

    Posted On: 7/7/2015 2:33 PM

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Zerodraft as the 2015 Regional Outstanding Contractor & also a Century Club Award winner. The Century Club Award recognizes participating contractors who have improved the energy efficiency of 100 or more homes in the 2015 calendar year.

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  • Stack Effect: What it is and Why Every Albany Homeowner Should Know About it

    Posted On: 6/25/2015 11:23 AM

    Many homeowners in the Albany NY area have been curious about “stack effect” and what it means for their homes. It’s one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot in the home performance industry, yet many people find themselves in the dark about its actual meaning. Stack effect doesn’t have to be confusing, however, as it’s all about how air flows in and out of your home. What should not be overlooked, though, is how much of an impact stack effect can actually have on your home if you aren’t

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  • What Every Albany Homeowner Should Expect from an Energy Audit

    Posted On: 6/12/2015 10:20 AM

    There’s a term that’s been flying around in the home performance sector for quite some time now, and for good reason: home energy audit. A home energy audit is essentially a checkup for your home. Just as you need to visit the doctor on occasion or perform maintenance on a vehicle, it’s important to check in on the current state of your home from time to time in order to ensure that everything is working properly. This is where an energy audit comes in, and it can help to have an idea of what to

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