May 4, 2023

Inflation Reduction Act Updates

IRA Updates We’re well into Quarter 2 and everyone is anxious for new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) information. Last time we provided information, we know a few things were vague and other information was missing. Solid information from the government, federal & state level, was hard to come by. Sadly, that hasn’t changed by much. According to the IRS and Department of Energy, the two major agencies who control the incentives, there are few and far between updates since ...

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April 18, 2023

Reduce Energy Costs This Summer With Koala Attic Insulation

With summer in full swing, it's the perfect opportunity to reach peak home performance while boosting cost efficiency - starting with your attic insulation. Recent studies have highlighted just how beneficial properly installed and maintained attic insulation can be for optimizing comfort levels throughout all seasons of the year as well as being a great way to dramatically reduce energy costs! Let’s delve into why investing in an insulated attic is one essential piece of weatherizing ...

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April 4, 2023

How to Maximize Your Insulation Incentives Savings Now

There’s been a lot of media coverage about the incentives for insulation and other energy-efficiency home upgrades included in the Inflation Reduction Act legislation passed last year. While some of the incentives—like the 30% Energy Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credit—are available right now, two rebate programs—HOMES and HEEHR—are still in development and likely won’t start to be available until the end of the year or early 2024. Does this mean that the ...

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March 22, 2023

The Power of Attic Insulation and Air Sealing

Air sealing is a process of reducing air leaks in your home that can significantly improve its comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. Attic insulation helps reduce the amount of heat transfer between the attic and other parts of your home, but it won’t do anything to stop air from passing through cracks and gaps in your walls and ceiling. Air sealing your home is the critical final step in the process of Attic Insulation.  Creating a sealed home Homeowners may not ...

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February 27, 2023

How Can the Right Insulation Reduce Pest Problems?

Why is Insulation Important?  The purpose of quality insulation within a building is to help maintain climate control by regulating temperature. The material reduces the rate of heat transfer, which is how easily heat can move through a structure. There are many different types of material used for insulation within a residential building and each has its own properties that make them effective at reducing the movement of heat. However, it's important to remember that each type of in ...

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February 15, 2023

4 Ways to Save On Your Energy Bills and Reduce Energy Waste

There are a number of household habits that contribute to energy waste and higher monthly costs. However, many homeowners tend to take simple adjustments and updates for granted, instead, looking for complex upgrades and renovations that don't have an effective return on investment. Here are a few ways you and your household can improve your energy efficiency with cost-effective practices and upgrades.   4 Energy Saving Ideas to Lower Your Bills 1. Switch Out Appliances The larger a ...

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February 8, 2023

Your Guide To Open-Cell and Closed-Cell Spray Foam

Understanding Spray Foam Insulation If you're looking for a strong insulator that also acts as an effective air sealant, spray foam insulation is a great choice. This material is the result of a mixture of chemicals; for quality application, these are mixed on-site by a professional and sent through a hose into the stud cavity. When spray foam is applied to a surface, the chemicals react and harden to create a long-term barrier.   While there are spray foam varieties that come ...

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January 12, 2023

How Can Old Insulation Damage Your Home and Increase Expenses?

Understanding how old and deteriorated insulation impacts your environment can not only improve the comfort and safety of your home but also increase your savings. The insulation material throughout your house gradually deteriorates over time, which means it needs to be regularly evaluated and replaced. This helps to reduce potential health risks, uncomfortable temperatures, and higher energy costs.   Health Risks  Indoor Air Quality  Insulation an ...

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January 10, 2023

Koala Insulation Ranked among the Top Franchises in Entrepreneur's Highly Competitive Franchise 500®

Melbourne, Florida, JANUARY 10, 2023– Koala Insulation was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The 44th annual Entrepreneur Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the 2023 Franchise 500® ranks Koala Insulation as #235 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, f ...

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December 29, 2022

Still Editing New Year’s Resolutions? Try Adding Home Improvements!

As the next year rolls around, many people take it upon themselves to create New Year's Resolutions full of goals that they wish to achieve or improve on during the next few months. As a homeowner, the holiday season is often very stressful - resolutions may have had to take a back seat in the midst of those preparations, visits, and health concerns. However, whether you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower costs, or generally maintain a cleaner house, home improvement ...

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December 16, 2022

Wallaby Windows Announces Nationwide Franchise Operations

Wallaby Windows, an emerging franchise system specializing in window and door replacement, is excited to join the ranks with its sister brand, Koala Insulation.  Wallaby Windows provides homeowners and commercial businesses with the highest quality and most energy-efficient products focused around a great customer experience.  Our highly effective, low startup-cost business model provides high revenue and earning potential as well as growth opportunities for aspiring business owners.& ...

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November 23, 2022

What is Underfloor Insulation? Nerves May Not Be Causing Cold Feet!

Installing Underfloor Insulation When it comes to updating the insulation throughout a house, many homeowners may be concerned about the impact an installation can have on their space - namely, getting under the floorboards. However, many homeowners may be surprised to find out that there are several effective practices to install or remove and replace the material with little to no damage to their environment. For example, if a house has suspended timber floors, an insulation crew simply ...

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September 21, 2022

How Does Thermal Bridging Impact My Environment?

  What is Thermal Bridging? According to the NCMA, thermal bridging happens when “a relatively small area of a wall, floor or roof loses much more heat than the surrounding area.” A conductive material increases the rate of heat loss when there’s an imbalance of temperature between two areas, such as a heated home and the colder outside air. The most common example of a structure that allows thermal bridging would be your home’s wall studs. The cond ...

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September 8, 2022

Insulation FAQ: What is R-Value?

What is R-Value?  When learning more about what makes insulation important to your building, it's important to start with the basics. The material that's been installed throughout your home helps in maintaining climate control, reducing outdoor pollutants, and improving energy efficiency. Arguably the most important function of insulation, though, is temperature regulation; this is accomplished by reducing the rate of heat transfer, which is how heat enters and exits a buildi ...

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August 26, 2022

Industry Experts Give 4 Ways Coating Your Floors Can Improve The Space

Safety is a top priority for any business owner, making it an important mission to explore every avenue to improve the environment you, employees, and visitors will use. Regardless of whether this is a showroom, heavily trafficked warehouse, or a storage unit for stock overflow, coating your commercial floors can significantly impact the area’s safety precautions. There are many options to choose from when it comes to coating materials - however, you must first assess the particular ...

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June 24, 2022

Home Renovation Projects That Increase Your Return on Investment

What is one of the first things you consider when undertaking a new home renovation project? You may be the type of homeowner that prioritizes comfort and safety or you may be more dedicated to weighing the pros and cons of a DIY endeavor. Regardless of what your first step is, the cost eventually comes into play. However, the cost isn't just about how much money you're willing to spend on the initial investment - you should also be focusing on how this home improvement project can sav ...

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June 16, 2022

How Facing Affects Fiberglass and Other Batt Insulation Materials

Faced vs. Unfaced Insulation Insulation, both faced and unfaced, is used to regulate temperature and reduce heat loss in a building. However, each type has its own benefits that impact where in the house they’re most useful to install; these differences are important to know so you can make an informed decision when adding, removing, and reinstalling material throughout your building. Faced insulation refers to batt material that has a thin paper or plastic layer on one of the sides ...

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February 22, 2022

Should You Replace Insulation When Remodeling?

There are many moving parts during a home improvement project. As you’re working, other tasks pop up and new ideas spring to mind. While it’s important to stay focused and stick to the plan in order to remain cost-effective and on schedule, this can present an opportunity to take care of several needs at once. One of the best advantages you can take while you’re improving your home is to look into the current condition of your insulation. Evaluating your insulation durin ...

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February 17, 2022

What is the Stack Effect? How to Reduce Heat Loss

Maintaining comfort and safety while also considering a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution is crucial to many homeowners. However, according to the Energy Information Administration, about one-third of Americans are struggling to pay their energy bills. While some homeowners attempt to reduce their costs by enduring dangerously high or low temperatures to avoid touching the thermostat, this could drastically affect the health and safety of the household. When it comes to finding ways ...

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January 12, 2022

Koala Insulation Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive 42nd Annual Franchise 500®

MELBOURNE, FL., January 11, 2022 - Koala Insulation, an insulation installation franchise, announced they were ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®. Koala Insulation ranks 242 on the Franchise 500 for financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. “Our ranking by Entrepreneur Magazine is a true reflection of what our brand offers. Our dedication and commitment to innovation and growth, is what makes our franchise system successful,” s ...

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January 7, 2022

Insulation 101: Flame Resistant VS Fire Retardant Insulation Materials

As a homeowner, you have a lot of priorities to consider when making decisions about the services you schedule and the materials being installed in your home. While cost-effective and energy-efficient are two considerations that are prevalent for many households, this shouldn't mean your comfort and safety are sacrificed. Although insulation often falls into the "out of sight, out of mind" mentality for many people, you should treat the decision between materials with the same am ...

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January 4, 2022

What is a Building Envelope? How Insulation Supports A Home’s Strength

If you’re not familiar with the nuances of your home’s structure or how you can support your home’s strength, you’re not alone. Many homeowners don’t know what a building envelope is and fewer understand what changes they can make to improve upon it. Like many hidden aspects of a home, it falls under the “out of sight, out of mind” principle. However, having even the most basic knowledge of your building envelope can provide insight into improved energ ...

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December 30, 2021

Can Insulation Be Reused or Recycled? Koala Insulation Tips & Tricks

When choosing products and services for your home, it's up to you to consider the environmental impact they leave on your space and surroundings. As a homeowner, this responsibility can become understandably overwhelming in some areas. Luckily, being environmentally friendly is easier than installing solar panels and unplugging electronics to reduce energy costs. Your solution to an energy-efficient home is often more local than you might expect. At Koala Insulation, our teams strive ...

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December 22, 2021

Stay Safe This Holiday Season with These 4 Home Improvement Tips

When it comes to keeping your household happy and healthy this holiday season, it isn't just about great food and new gifts (even if those are a plus). It's also about making sure that you and your home are as safe and comfortable as possible. While a majority of your holiday budget is most likely being allocated to holiday party shopping, gift wrap, and last-minute stocking stuffers, don't forget to leave some room for home improvement. Luckily, security and safety don't ...

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December 17, 2021

5 Home Renovation Ideas for Your Holiday-Budget

The world is slowly starting to come together again, which means having small home gatherings for the holiday season. As such, it’s crucial to make sure your home is as safe and comfortable as possible, regardless of whether you’re going out or hosting this year. However, with a laundry list of shopping needs, meal prep, and decoration ideas, your budget may already be running a little thin. When you think of home renovations, “economical” and “low cost&rdquo ...

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December 13, 2021

Insulation Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your Garage this Winter

In order to keep your property safe and comfortable for the upcoming season, it’s important to develop a strategic winterization plan. One area you can’t overlook is your garage and storage sheds, as they often hold some of your most important equipment, vehicles, and more. Regardless of whether your garage is off to the side of the house or directly attached to your home with rooms above or below it, you need to take special care in developing a quality checklist. For many cl ...

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November 23, 2021

Tired of Holiday Music? Insulation Can Help Soundproof Your House

As soon as Halloween is over, department stores are selling holiday decorations, local streets are putting up candy canes and wreaths, and most of your radio stations are already putting the Christmas tunes on repeat. Regardless of whether you’re the neighbor that dedicates November to Thanksgiving or if you’re just looking for a break from the premature Yuletide Cheer, the carols can start to grain into your nerves fairly quickly. You’re not necessarily the neighborhood ...

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October 18, 2021

Koala Insulation Selected by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an ENERGY STAR® PARTNER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MELBOURNE, FL (October 14, 2021) — Koala Insulation, an insulation installation franchise system, is proud to announce that they are now an ENERGY STAR® Partner. “Koala Insulation is honored to be selected as an ENERGY STAR Partner. We are excited to be partners with a company that is dedicated and committed to improving the lives of people and the health of the planet,” said Scott Marr, Founder of Koala Insulation. “At Koala Insulation, we provi ...

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August 30, 2021

How to Prevent Ice Dams With Insulation

While the phrase ice dams may evoke funny images of some sort of cold-weather beavers building mini blockades of ice in rivers, the very real home problem we’re referring to is no laughing matter. An ice dam is a winter phenomenon that can occur when an attic or home is not properly insulated. If not prevented, ice dams can destroy roofs, shingles, walls, and siding, racking up thousands of dollars in-home repairs come spring. Keep reading to learn more about what ice dams are and ho ...

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August 23, 2021

How to Reduce Noise in Your Home Office Using Insulation

With so many of us now working remotely, it can be hard to blur the lines between “home” and “office” in your home office. If random dog barks and shrieks from your kids are regularly disrupting your Zoom meetings, it may be time to look into a more permanent solution to reducing noise. Thankfully, insulation is an easy and cost-effective way to reduce noise in your home office and may even help you save some money on your energy bills too! How effective is insulation ...

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August 17, 2021

How Insulation Impacts Energy Efficiency

Many homeowners and builders are paying more attention to the environmental impact of their homes. Conserving energy in your home not only reduces its impact on the planet but can also reduce the impact on your wallet. Insulation is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. How insulation increases your home energy efficiency Insulation's basic function is to provide resistance to heat flow. Heat is transferred in three ways; conduction, ...

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August 13, 2021

Koala Insulation of Fort Lauderdale Partners with Military Makeover

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 13, 2021 – Koala Insulation of Fort Lauderdale, a high-quality insulation contractor serving homeowners, contractors, and property owners in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area, announced its partnership with Military Makeover, a home improvement series dedicated to rebuilding the homes and the lives of military veterans. The makeover series is hosted and co-produced by former talk show host Montel Williams, a Marine Corps and Navy veteran himse ...

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August 11, 2021

Why Fall is the Best Time to Insulate Your Home

Whether you call it “fall” or “autumn,” when that slight chill cools the air in late September, many things may begin to come to mind; the sound of crisp fallen leaves under your boots, the smell of a bonfire, or the cozy hug of a warm flannel shirt are probably top of your list.One thing that probably won’t come to mind is your home insulation. However, fall isn’t just the perfect time for pumpkin spice; it’s also the perfect time to treat your home to an insulation refresh.Her ...

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August 6, 2021

Top 5 Reasons to Get an Insulation Retrofit

Insulation is, by design, relatively invisible in your home. Because of this, many people don’t think about the state of their current insulation because they assume it’s working as intended. However, studies have shown that over 90% of homes in the United States are improperly or under-insulated. While similar studies aren’t available for commercial buildings, chances are, if you weren’t the one who owned the building when the insulation was installed, it mi ...

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August 2, 2021

What is the Best Type of Insulation for Mobile Homes?

    Mobile homes have seen a recent rise in popularity thanks to their affordability and transportability. However, many mobile homeowners have never considered whether or not their home is properly insulated. Many mobile homes are often built and installed in more temperate climates, leading many builders to forego insulating them entirely since the environment leads to relatively comfortable temperatures year-round. However, this doesn’t factor in the increasingly ...

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July 27, 2021

Insulation Choices for Commercial Buildings

    Choosing the proper insulation for a commercial building is about more than just keeping people comfortable. In recent years, building codes continue to demand commercial spaces operate more efficiently. However, this can come with a price. The good news is that one of the most affordable and effective solutions for making your commercial building more efficient is installing the proper insulation. When a building is properly insulated, heating and cooling systems work m ...

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July 22, 2021

Solar Attic Fans: How Ventilation and Insulation Work Together

How Ventilation and Insulation Work Together to Keep Your Home the Perfect Temperature   In the hot summer months, attics worldwide turn into mini saunas as heat rises from the home and gets trapped in the attic alongside moisture that collects due to high humidity levels. If you have a well-insulated attic, you might think that this phenomenon isn't anything to worry about, as the insulation should keep the heat out of your main living area while trapping your air conditioning ...

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July 19, 2021

How to Tell if Your House is Well-Insulated

Whether your house is brand-new or has been well lived-in for years, the chances are that your insulation may need an update. Studies have shown that over 90% of homes in the United States are under-insulated. A well-Insulated home has some many benefits. So why are homes under insulated? The first reason for this is that builders typically only install enough insulation to bring the house up to code in your local jurisdiction. From a builder's perspective, there's no reason to add an ...

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July 12, 2021

“What is “Blown-In” Insulation, and Why Should I Use it in My Home?

The attic is one of the most important areas to insulate. It serves as a barrier between your roof and the home's interior and protects against outdoor weather and extreme temperatures throughout the year. In addition, having the correct type of insulation can help regulate heating and cooling and save you money on your energy bill. If your home was built before 1990, there's a good chance you don't have enough attic insulation. Upgrading your insulation is vital as insufficient atti ...

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July 7, 2021

Why Infrared Cameras are the Future of Attic Inspections

When you hear “thermal imaging,” it may bring to mind something out of a spy movie, a piece of equipment more suited for a sci-fi novel than home improvement. However, infrared cameras and thermal imaging are drastically changing how attic and home inspections are done. At Koala Insulation, we use infrared thermal imaging to inspect your attic for drafts and “hot spots” and design the perfect insulation plan for your home. Why should I have my attic and home inspected ...

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June 30, 2021

Koala Insulation can save you up to 30% on your Energy Bills

          Batt insulation or blanket insulation generally consists of fiberglass or mineral wool insulation. It is pre-cut and sized to fit most standard building sizes and are best suited for residential houses. It commonly is used in between wall studs, attic rafters, and ceiling joists. This type of insulation can be used throughout the house, insulating floors, walls, ceiling, and attics as well as basements and crawl spaces.    ...

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June 4, 2021

Help! Why is My Room so Hot?

Have you ever experienced irregular temperatures throughout your home? Many people report feeling like one room in their house is hotter or colder than the rest of the environment. It can be time-consuming trying to solve the problem without a professional evaluation - is it your insulation, HVAC unit, or maybe air leakage from poorly sealed windows and doorways? Here's not only how you can get to the bottom of temperature regulation, but how to maintain a comfortable environment. Why ...

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April 28, 2021

5 Benefits of Spray Foam

When it comes to keeping your building comfortable, there are many factors you can influence. Changing the interior design, creating more natural lighting, and ensuring your HVAC system isn’t over or underperforming. In order to keep your house temperature regulated, you need the proper insulation installed so that your A/C unit isn’t putting in work keeping one end of the house cool while making the other side into a winter wonderland. There are a few common types of insulation that hom ...

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December 31, 2020

A Healthy House After the Holidays

While some of us may not be having our traditional holiday house parties, it’s still important to check your house’s health this season. Because many pain points are probably outside of your general list of chores, they fall under the casualty that is “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”  However, creating a comfortable environment is an easier task than most households realize. Koala Insulation has developed a Healthy House Checklist for you and your family to review ...

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August 20, 2020

Insulation 101: Fiberglass

As one of the most recognizable insulations on the market, fiberglass is a type of insulation that is either blown-in or installed in batts. As its name suggests, it’s made out of molten glass that’s spun into tiny fibers, a lot like how cotton candy is made, which contributes to its distinguishable appearance.   Mold and Fire Because the primary component of this insulation is glass, there are beneficial qualities from the inorganic material. It does not feed mold o ...

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July 8, 2020

Insulation 101: Cellulose

Cellulose is a type of blown-in or loose fill insulation. Today, it’s made from up to 85 percent recycled material, like recycled newspaper.  It most often is grey in color; however, when examined closely, you can still see remnants of the materials used, such as bits of paper.  Features Non Irritating Insulation often has the stereotype of being itchy when in contact with a person’s skin. However, because of the material used, cellulose is soft to th ...

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April 3, 2020

New Movers: 6 Things You Need to Know to be Energy Efficient

The excitement of moving into your home for the first time can sometimes be overshadowed by uncertainty and first-time jitters. While you may not initially consider being energy efficient as a top priority in your movers journey, it’s actually a major point in several aspects of your new home. From roofing and insulation to your average utility bill, being conscious about energy efficiency can not only save you in time and stress, but also give you some insights for the long run and futu ...

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March 27, 2020

Insulation Safety: It's Not Cotton Candy!

Have you ever heard your parents or told your own children not to eat or touch the “fluffy pink stuff” in the attic or basement? While this is a common warning, not all homeowners - or commercial building owners - may know the insulation safety facts that come with the precaution. This type of insulation is fiberglass, used in both blow-in and batt types. In order to be safe and educated, keep in mind these three I’s of safety. Installation Insulation is usually ins ...

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March 18, 2020

Homeowner Checklist: Insulation for First Time Homeowners

As first-time homeowners, you want to be sure that your new home is not only comfortable but energy efficient. Unfortunately, insulation may not be the first item you think to check when buying a new house, as it suffers the fatal “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” syndrome. When looking to be more energy-efficient and lower your utility bill, here’s what you should remember when adding or renovating insulation. Use this information and homeowner checklist as an introduction to ...

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March 6, 2020

What is an Energy Audit?

Scheduling an energy audit is one of the important steps for homeowners looking to properly insulate their homes. But what is an energy audit and how exactly can it help save you money?  What is an Energy Audit?  Energy audits, sometimes called energy assessments, are detailed examinations that assess a building’s energy use. It begins with an inspection, done either by a professional or yourself, in order to generate an analysis of the energy flows in your building.  ...

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November 22, 2019

Safe Spray Foam Installation

Spray foam is a powerful option for insulating your home or business. It’s famous for its effectiveness, but this high-performance material can be a disaster in the hands of an untrained DIY enthusiast or lazy contractor. The Koala Insulation process begins with health and safety training for every employee involved in spray foam installation, including assistants. This initial training by the American Chemistry Council is supplemented with in-house instruction for a deeper understandin ...

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May 24, 2019

What Part of a House Should You Insulate First?

What Part of a House Should You Insulate First? Efficient and reliable home insulation is key to comfort, as well as a potential source of significant savings. But how do you know which part of your house you should insulate first? Koala Insulation can help. First, you must remember that your house is not an air-tight vault. You might have installed an energy-smart thermostat, double-pane windows, and an alarm that reminds you to close outside doors, but that’s just a start. According to t ...

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