Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Couple left in cold over Insulation

When I read this article it reminded me of the poor workmanship I have cleaned up after over the years. Unfortunately it is far to easy for insulators to short change home owners and not give them what they paid for. My house was a great example: When I moved in two years ago my insulation depth around my ceiling access was right where it should be. Unfortunately when I went further into my attic, I found areas that only had half the insulation required. So how do they get away with this in new and old homes? Well in a new home the ceiling 9 times out of 10 will never get inspected because the blown insulation is completed after the drywall is attached to the ceiling. At this point the insulation in the rest of the home would have already been completed and passed by an inspector. For existing home owners looking to upgrade their insulation. They are vulnerable in areas where they can't see the completed insulation work from the access hatch (if they even look up there). This would be avoidable if home owners were able to walk through their own attic to inspect the work, but unfortunately that's not realistically going to happen. The home owner could slip and hurt them selves and making foot prints in your insulation kind of defeats the purpose. The best way to avoid this happening to you is to hire the right contractor. TLC Energy Solutions is one of those companies. With a business built on service, honesty, integrity, excellent workmanship, great products all at a fair price you can't go wrong. We are always willing to go the extra mile, even if that means we have to take pictures along the way to show you the areas you can't see from the hatch. We service Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, everything in between and sometimes beyond those areas throughout the Okanagan and southern BC.

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Macquarie Hills woman Shirley Bell jumped at the chance for free insulation under the national insulation scheme but is now warning others to check that work was actually completed.

Mrs Bell and her husband Ron got their house insulated during the height of the home insulation scheme, but a recent safety inspection revealed only 50per cent of their ceiling had been insulated by the installation company.

‘‘Now it seems we are up for the cost of finishing the job,’’ Mrs Bell said.

‘‘How many other people are out there who think their house is insulated but it isn’t.’’

Mrs Bell said she had made contact with the director of her installer, which is no longer trading, and has initiated negotiations to have the work finished or be compensated for its completion.

‘‘Hopefully something will come from it,’’ Mrs Bell said.

The director would not comment on the situation when contacted by the Newcastle Herald and said he preferred to deal with Mrs Bell directly.

A spokeswoman for NSW Fair Trading said it was sometimes difficult to contact or locate a trader as a high number of traders were no longer in business.

She said people should pursue safety checks to ensure the insulation did not put their houses at risk of fire and to also ensure suitable insulation was properly installed.

‘‘Fair Trading has dealt with a number of complaints including, batts split in half or in threes, batts only installed around the manhole cover, cracks in roof tiles that have led to leaks and internal damage, down lights and internal fans covered and batts installed that have a different rating to what is on the work order,’’ she said.

People with complaints about the quality of their insulation should deal with the installer directly or contact NSW Fair Trading on 133220.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Helpful hints for insulation in Kelowna


Insulation is the biggest way to reduce the energy use and environmental impact of your home. As an added bonus, improving the insulation of your home will lower the energy bills! So stop throwing your money away, and follow these tips for green insulation.

Quick tips to insulate your home:

Wrap your boiler

Wrap your water boiler in an insulating blanket. The better the insulating material, the more energy you’ll save. Cork and wool are good natural materials that can be used as insulators.

Seal leaks

The tighter the seals in your home, the less energy you’ll need to keep it warm. Identify and seal air links around chimneys, window frames, and openings for plumbing and electrics.

Close the curtains

Keep the curtains closed at night and make sure you don't just heat the space between the curtains and the window. You can install a radiator shelf to deflect heat past the curtains into the room. Bigger projects to insulate your home

Attic Insulation

Attics should have approximately 150mm of insulation, but older homes usually don’t. For example, in the home we just purchased built in 1955, we found only 25mm of insulation, which means heat (and money) have been pouring out of our roof for decades! In many houses over 15 years old, you will find that the depth of existing insulation is quite small as old insulation settles over time and becomes much less effective. If your home is older, adding additional insulation is one of the best Green projects you can do! Insulating your attic is a relatively easy project, especially if you use a natural insulation product that doesn’t require as much protective clothing.

Wall Insulation

The best time to add insulation to walls is when you’re making other renovations.

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Terry Laurin
“Helping you become Energy Efficient”

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Find the right Insulation for your Kelowna Home

TLC Energy Solutions provides Insulation services for all home and Business applications with three choices:
  • Batt Insulation: Used in our walls, ceilings and floors for years this product is great for almost any application.

  • Blown Insulation: Used in our attics for complete coverage of every crook and cranny this 100% recycled product is sure to keep heating costs down. *Important note: There is no such thing as to much insulation…the more the better! Code is just the Minimum!

  • Reflective Foil Insulation: Hands down the best Insulation on the market today! This revolutionary NASA designed product is making its way into homes and businesses and reducing energy costs up to 40%. Available in multiple applications: Vapour Barrier, House Wrap, Concrete and radiant floor heating, pools, attics, crawl spaces, metal buildings, post and frame, Garages, hot water tanks and much more.

If you have a project that needs insulation, we have a product to suit your needs.

Terry Laurin
“Helping you become Energy Efficient”

Batt Insulation - Blown Insulation - Reflective Foil Insulation