EDGE Energy offers a variety of different weatherization services specific to your home’s needs. Using a variety of techniques, we aim to increase indoor air quality and basic safety, reduce energy usage, increase comfort, and save money on your energy bills!
Air-sealing is typically one of the first steps taken on any weatherization job. While many people think that insulation is all they need for their attic, they don’t realize that insulation alone doesn’t actually stop air movement, just slows it down. We use combinations of rigid foam board and spray foam to air seal your home. Many different types of foam exist for different applications including 1-part, 2-part, expanding, fire retardant versions are available. Your home energy audit will outline areas in your home in need of air sealing work so that you can undertake these retrofits yourself or guide other contractors through proper installation.
Cellulose insulation is made of recycled newspapers treated with borates for protection against fire, mold and pests. Insulation should always be added after all of the gaps and cracks that air could leak through have been sealed. Our professional air sealing teams make sure to blow the insulation consistently, bring insulation in places like the attic up to the recommended value of R-50. Besides helping to lower energy bills, cellulose insulation also helps reduce noise from the outside.
Along with the standard insulation, home air-sealing, HVAC duct maintenance, and replacement windows, the EDGE team performing your energy upgrades can also install a host of door and window weatherstripping options. Depending on the application, weatherstripping is available in different materials – rubber, plastic, wood, vinyl, metal, and others.
Sealing a leaky duct system can be singlehandely the most cost-effective way to reducing your homes heating or cooling bills. In some older homes, and those that have ducting built into stud bays, our energy retrofits can improve the air handlers performance by over 50% and drastically reduce indoor air quality problems, and sources of pollution.Your family’s daily health and safety can be influenced by your HVAC duct performance, so do not let this area of your home go unchecked!
The first thing we will tell you is that replacing all your home’s windows is rarely, if ever, a cost-effective energy upgrade. In most homes, the time to recoup your investment from a whole-house, energy-efficient window upgrade could well extend past 20 years of reduced energy savings. Now, that being said, if you need to replace a window, then our usual advice is to spend a little extra and get an EnergyStar rated one. These windows can be priced from a number of window and door contractors, or you can ask your EDGE representative about our low-cost replacement options.
The typical crawlspace in our area looks like a space that time forgot! Low levels of insulation, large moisture problems from ground sources, and air leakage are among the three largest problems. Look at our photos on right to see an example of a correctly insulated and sealed crawlspace (unvented).
Spray foam insulation not only delivers on the insulating side, it also acts as a fantastic barrier for both air and moisture. It can be used to seal and insulate ductwork, band joists, attic knee walls, and other trouble spots. Furthermore, it also adds strength to the building structure.
Check out the following pages to learn more details about our services and technicians:
Weatherization Techniques »
Benefits of Weatherization »
Combustion Safety of Gas Appliances »
Windows and Doors »
Basement Retrofits »
Fixing Building Code Violations »
Attic Weatherization »
EDGE Energy is a highly-regarded Residential, Commercial, and Government renewable energy systems installer and “green” building contractor which is licensed, insured, and bonded in all counties of VA, DC, and MD. We design and install custom solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems with pride and with proven track records. Our special focus is completing projects which decrease utility bills and energy consumption by 25% to well over 100% – even creating homes that are “net-positive.” An Energy Audit is the first step to your energy efficient home!
Visit our project maps page to learn about homeowners in your neighborhood that have worked with EDGE in the past. Remember, EDGE Energy works with HOA’s, civic groups, trade organizations, office pools, or just simply any GROUP of organized homeowners interested in completing blocks of energy audits AND retrofit services like weatherization, duct-sealing, or air-sealing, and attic insulation. Many special pricing offers have been extended in the past due to the hard work of various “Neighborhood Champions” – those who have dedicated extra time to organizing group meetings, gathering email distribution lists, and assisting with scheduling.
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To achieve Passivhaus certification, the homes have to achieve a minimum air tightness level of 0.60 ACH 50, which is five times “tighter” than the 3.0 ACH 50 required of new Maryland code-built houses. In this image, Robert Champ of...
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