Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Insulation’ Category

Are Temperatures Uneven in Your Home?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

temperature-just-rightIf so, then you know how frustrating of a problem this can be. When you walk through your house, you should not feel as if you are entering and exiting separate climates. When you run your heating or air conditioning system, those systems should be able to achieve and maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home. If they’re struggling to do so, then something is wrong—but what?

There are quite a few potential causes of uneven heating and cooling in Palm Bay, FL. We’ll look at two of the more common today. It is important to remember, and you’ll see below, that the source of the problem may not be your HVAC system itself. The pros on our staff will diagnose the problem accurately in order to resolve it completely.

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Award Winning Service 2015

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

2015Next Generation Air & Heat

Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Next Generation Air & Heat has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies in Brevard and Indian River have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Insulation Makes a Difference in the Summertime

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Insulation is something that people tend to think of as a tool for winter and other periods of cold weather. We mentally connect insulation with wrapping a coat around our bodies to keep out the heat, and think of the thick and fluffy fiberglass bats in the walls and ceilings of our homes as serving the same job as a winter coat.

However, this is a basic misunderstanding of what insulation actually does. The coat around your body doesn’t keep the cold out, it keeps heat in. Insulation is a thermal barrier that prevents the movement of heat from an area of concentrated warmth to a cooler area (heat disperses). Because of this property of insulation, it is as important during the summer as it is in winter.

Make sure that your home has a solid thermal barrier against the summer heat (and later the entire cold) with replacement and installation of insulation in Merritt Island, FL: call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today and speak to our insulation specialists.

How insulation cools you in the summer

Insulation prevents the movement of heat through convection (movement thorough the air) and conduction (movement through contact). During the winter, this barrier prevents heat in your home that comes from the heating system from escaping and forcing the system to work harder. And during the summer, the barrier keeps out the heat on the outside from leaking in.

It is especially important to have effective insulation in the attic of a home. During the summer, the radiant heat from the sun can beat brutally onto the roof of a home and raise the temperature in the attic up to 130°F! Without thick insulation in the attic floor to block it, this heat will seep down into living spaces and raise the temperature 10°F or more—and that makes for enormous stress on a AC and general discomfort all around a household.

An insulation expert can help you patch up the parts of your home that need insulation replacement or new insulation installation using fiberglass blown insulation that can fit into hard to reach spaces and unusual shapes. This helps ensure that you have no leaks in your home that will allow excess heat a way to sneak in and reduce your comfort and force your AC to put in energy-draining overtime.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. offers service for insulation in Merritt Island, FL. Contact us today to cozy up your home for the whole year.

We can install and replace insulation in your home, as well as offer repairs for you current thermal barrier if it has suffered damage from weather or pests and vermin.


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Common Insulation Problems

Monday, January 27th, 2014

With the proper insulation forming a heat seal in your home, you will have a far easier time cooling your house in summer and warming it during winter. The thermal barrier of insulation slows down the convection and conduction of heat from outside that tries to enter your home during hot weather, and uses the same properties to trap the valuable warmth from your heating system during cold weather. Quality insulation means improved comfort and lower energy bills.

However, insulation can have problems that will impair its efficiency, making your home less comfortable and putting more strain on your HVAC system. We’ll look at some common problems with insulation in Cocoa Beach, FL. If you need repair for your insulation, or would like new insulation put in, call our insulation experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.

Some common problems with insulation

  • Water damage: Insulation that becomes wet (leaky roofs are one of the prime culprits) can become a serious problem. Because water conducts energy, it ruins the insulation’s power to restrict the conduction of heat and will start doing the exact opposite of what it supposed to do. To add to the problem, wet insulation can cause structural damage because it will lead to rust on metal that it touches. It will also encourage mildew growth.
  • Pest infestation: The warmth of insulation offers an inviting place for animals to nest. Rats, mice, and squirrels that find ways into your walls or attic space will make nests inside insulation, and this will lead to extensive damage from tears and animal droppings. You’ll first need to have pest control remove the nuisances, and then call for insulation repair specialists to fix the damage and make the proper replacements.
  • Poor installation: If amateurs originally installed your insulation, you likely have numerous gaps throughout the house, especially in unusual-sized spaces that require special insulation blowers to fill properly. It’s also a common mistake for amateur installers to put the wrong type of insulation in or too little of it. If you feel too hot or too cold (depending on the season) and it seems that you’re spending too much on your energy bills, consider hiring professionals to examine your home for ways to improve yoinsulation.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has on staff trained insulation experts familiar with installation and replacement services. If you have problems with your insulation in Cocoa Beach, FL, give them a call to set up an appointment. Don’t delay if you think you have water-damaged insulation.

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Is One Type of Insulation Better Than the Others?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Insulation comes in many types, from traditional fiberglass to foam board. Here on Merritt Island, insulation plays a huge role not only in keeping your house warm in the winter, but cool in the summer as well. (The latter is likely more important here on the steamy Florida coast.) The type of insulation you choose will have a considerable impact on that. Is one type of insulation better than the others? It depends on your circumstances; each one offers its share of advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a list of some of the most prominent ones:

  • Fiberglass. Fiberglass is considered very efficient and cost effective. It’s noncombustible, and it doesn’t retain water, meaning that it can retain its ability to hold in heat very well. This of no small concern considering our humidity issues in Florida.
  • Cellulose installation. This type is much less expensive than other forms of insulation, but has its share of issues. It’s made from shredded newspaper, which means it doesn’t retain heat especially well: requiring more insulation to achieve the same effect. It’s also more vulnerable to fire and retains moisture more than it should.
  • Foam board insulation. Foam board is usually made from various types of chemicals, and is extremely efficient in both the summer and the winter.  It’s not as eco-friendly as some other types of insulation, however, and it can be more expensive depending on which type you buy.

The right kind of insulation for you depends on your home, your budget and what kind of energy saving you hope to achieve. On Merritt Island, insulation choices are made easier by advice from a trained service technician like the kind on staff at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We can help answer the question “is one type of insulation better than the others?” matched to your particular circumstances and with an eye on the best deal for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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How is the Efficiency of Insulation Rated?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Insulation plays a vital part in keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer: augmenting an HVAC system and helping it run more efficiently. Insulation comes in many forms, from fiberglass to foam board to reflective metal. It can be difficult to determine which one is right for your Melbourne, FL home, and how much you need once you’ve selected a given type. The insulation’s efficiency is very important, determining exactly how much you need of any given type. How is the efficiency of insulation rated? Read on for the answers.

All types of insulation are assigned an “R-value,” which measures the amount of heat resistance the material in question features. The higher the rating, the greater the heat resistance and the more slowly heat escapes through the insulation. According to the Department of Energy, an uninsulated attic in our part of the country needs insulation with a value between R30 and R60 in order to provide reliable comfort for your home. Insulation in floors and walls can be a little lower, ranging from R13 to R19. A trained heating professional can advise you on the types of insulation available and how much you’ll need of the particular material you have selected.

Beyond the insulation itself, however, you need to make sure it’s installed correctly. Improperly installed insulation will remove a great deal of efficiency from it, with gaps and inconsistent patches robbing your home of heat. In order to get maximum efficiency out of your insulation, make sure you have a properly qualified technician to help out.

That’s where we come in. At Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., our trained staff can explain how the efficiency of insulation is rated, then help you select the right kind and install it right the first time, every time. We cover the whole of Melbourne, FL, insulation issues are one of our specialties, and we are dedicated to your complete satisfaction. Pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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Residential Insulation Options to Consider

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Effective heating in Florida requires more than having a good heater installed in your home. In a place with warm temperatures around the year like Florida, it’s often more effective to rely on excellent home insulation to keep you warm on the colder days than cranking up the heat on your system as high as it will go. You’ll still need that heat pump or furnace during the worst winter days, but if you’ve taken care to insulate your house with the best options available, there will be many times when the only warmth you need is the warmth already snugly contained in your home.

Insulation acts as a barrier against heat. During the summer, it keeps the hot and muggy outdoor temperatures from getting through your walls and doors. During the winter, it keeps the important indoor warmth from leaking outside. So as you consider these insulation options for the winter, know that you’re also preparing for the long summer as well.

Our Rockledge, FL insulation specialists at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. are ready to assist you with weather-proofing your home. “Efficiency” is what we do when it comes to your comfort.

  • Fiberglass blown insulation: Some of the hardest places to insulate are corners, crevices, and oddly-shaped spots. However, these spaces need the insulation as much as any other, since heat will seek out all places it can to escape. Professionals use a fiberglass blowing machine to quickly fill up these tricky spots and keep the heat from pushing through them.
  • Patching: Just because your insulation is damaged—from a storm, household pests, or neglect—doesn’t mean you have to have all the insulation thrown out and replaced. If the damage isn’t spread throughout the insulation, professional patching services can shore up those gaps so the heat stays in its proper place.
  • Appropriate R-value rating: “R-value” is a measure of thermal resistance. When you get insulation installed, make sure that it has a high R-value rating—but also one that will work with your heating and cooling needs. HVAC experts can determine the right R-value insulation for your living space.

If you have questions regarding insulation, turn to Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We take care of all the steps of insulating your house: picking the right type, removing and disposing of old insulation, performing patch jobs, filling up the tough spots, and installing all-new insulation. For your Rockledge, FL insulation work, contact us today.

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Insulation Tip: Benefits of Insulation Replacement

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The benefits of insulation replacement really depends on the condition of the insulation in your Melbourne, FL area home, the climate, your home’s design, and even your budget. Call Next Generation if you have further questions or would like to set up a consultation. Meanwhile, here are some of the basic benefits of insulation replacement.

Insulation is measured by different values called the “R-value.” The greater R-value, the more heat flow resistance you get to prevent energy loss. This also helps protect against problems related to excess moisture. When we assess your home, we will be able to consult you on what type of insulation is best for you. Sometimes you may need to use higher R-value insulation on exterior walls and in attics, but these spaces are not always easy to get to. You may need to install blow-in insulation or another type that suits your particular home and needs.

In addition to preventing energy loss, adding insulation can also help detect areas where there are other issues that need to be taken care of. Dirty insulation can indicate a ventilation issue, which will affect where the insulation is installed.

Attic insulation is one of the places in your home that will probably need more insulation and ventilation. This helps protect against heat loss in the winter and keeps your home cooler in the summer. You easily can tell whether or not your attic has enough insulation by the way it feels in there. A drafty attic in the winter and hot one in the summer could mean that your attic needs more insulation or sealing.

Call the Melbourne, FL insulation experts at Next Generation for all your insulation and home energy needs!

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Allergies and Insulation: What You Need to Know in Melbourne, FL

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Suffering from allergies can be a very annoying issue to deal with. There are a lot of medications that can reduce your reactions to allergens in the air outside. When you are in your own home, though, why tolerate allergens in the air at all? There are a number of products available that can boost indoor air quality in your Melbourne, FL home. While air filters, purifiers and other devices are great options for reducing airborne pollutants indoors, wouldn’t it make sense to stop them from getting in in the first place?

Most homeowners know the important role that proper, professionally installed insulation plays in keeping their energy efficiency high. What many homeowners may not understand, though, is that good insulation can actually help to improve indoor air quality in their homes. At Next Generation Air & Heat we know that breathing pure, high-quality air is just as important to your comfort as the temperature. That’s why we want to fill you in on how insulation can help you reduce allergy symptoms.

The same air leaks in your home envelope and ductwork system that allows heat to escape and cold air to get into your home can also let allergens inside. Just as proper insulation can help keep the cold or heat outside, so too can it help to keep allergens from entering your house. The fewer pollutants that are allowed into your home through gaps, cracks and leaks, the less likely you are to suffer from the reactions they can cause your allergies.

In addition to preventing allergens from entering your home, proper insulation can also help keep allergens from entering your ductwork system. It is impossible to keep all pollutants out of your home. Every time someone opens the door or the dog sheds allergens are being introduced into your living environment. By keeping them out of the ductwork with proper insulation, though, you can reduce the spread of these allergens throughout your home. Pairing good insulation with air filters and cleaners is a great way to reduce the discomfort that comes along with allergies.

For more information about the ways in which insulation can reduce the impact of indoor pollutants on your allergies call us today. Our technicians are proud to help you live more comfortably in Melbourne, FL. Schedule service with Next Generation to make your home a more pleasant place to live.

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Why Insulation Matters in Your Melbourne, FL Home

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When it comes to heating and cooling your Melbourne, FL home more efficiently, insulation matters. It is actually one of the most important factors in making the most out of the heated and cooled air that you pay for. Problems with the insulation in your home can lead to serious discomfort and skyrocketing heating and air conditioning bills. If you are concerned about the insulation in your home, contact the professionals at Next Generation today. We can help you heat and cool your home in a more efficient, effective manner.

When you heat your home the whole purpose is to ensure that the air inside is warmer than the air outside. The problem with this is that hot air will naturally try to go to colder areas, in this case the outdoors. If you have cracks in the walls of your home this can be a serious issue, as you will be paying to heat your home only to have that air escaping through the cracks. You probably wouldn’t throw your money out the window, so don’t let the air that you have heated and cooled do just that.

With high-quality insulation by a qualified professional you can keep the air that you have heated and cooled in your home where it belongs. This allows your heating and air conditioning system to work more efficiently, meaning that you can keep more comfortable for less money. Even your ductwork can benefit from proper insulation. Air ducts are one of the leading causes for energy loss in most homes. By effectively insulating your air ducts you can help ensure that the energy used to heat and cool the air within them is being put to good use.

If you have any more questions about the necessity of good insulation in you Melbourne, FL home, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc today. We’ll make sure that the energy you pay for is giving you the return on your money that you deserve.

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