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The chill of winter may make you shiver when you’re outside, but that doesn’t mean you should be cold and uncomfortable inside your home. If the winter wind seems to follow you indoors, your house is telling you that you’ve got a draft problem.

The Problem with Drafts

Indoor drafts are more than a minor nuisance; they can greatly undermine home comfort and efficiency. Problems associated with drafts include:

  • Heat loss
  • Decreased comfort
  • Overworked heating system
  • High energy bills

The Solution

Schedule an energy audit

An energy audit will tell you exactly where there is air leaking into and out of your home.

Air seal

Air sealing will eliminate holes and cracks which allow cold outside air to enter in winter.

Insulate

Insulation will prevent indoor heat from escaping, keeping it right where you want it.

Allied can help you eliminate drafts this winter by assessing your home’s building envelope, sealing air leaks, and insulating where necessary.

Contact us to get rid of drafts for good!

 

What if you could improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your heating system, all with one simple step of heating maintenance? That’s what happens when you change your furnace air filter.

Checking or replacing your air filter once a month keeps the air in your home free of dust and allergens and prevents your furnace from overheating. As you check the air filter in your furnace, don’t forget about other aspects of heating maintenance. Be sure to schedule a heating tune-up every year, which keeps your heating system running efficiently and ensures better indoor air quality for you and your family.

We offer HVAC service plans to make heating maintenance simple. Order yours today!

It’s amazing what today’s smart technologies can do to make our lives easier. You’ve probably seen television ads where people interact with home technology like it’s a family member. It seems that soon we’ll all depend on these electronic beings for everything from home security to recipes, keeping up with friends and picking out our clothes for the day.

While technology is making lives easier, it’s also helping people save money and increasing the comfort of their homes. Smart thermostats, when professionally installed and used correctly, can give homeowners complete control over their heating and cooling systems, for ultra-efficient energy usage and energy bills that reflect chosen lifestyles rather than out-of-control fuel costs.

Are You Satisfied with the Comfort of Your Home?

If you take home comfort for granted, then your HVAC system and thermostat are probably up-to-date. But if it’s a daily struggle to heat or cool your home for complete comfort no matter which room you’re in, it may be time to look into improving or replacing your heating and cooling units.

An upgrade to your heating system this winter, while requiring an initial investment, will soon pay for itself through efficient fuel usage and energy savings. Allied Energy Efficiency Experts are not only skilled in installing new units but also in helping to determine which unit is the most appropriate for your home. With a great number of models available, the professionals at Allied can help you choose the right size furnace, boiler or air conditioner, and the one that will fit your lifestyle and budget, too.

Pair Your Updated HVAC System with a Smart Thermostat

Investing in a smart thermostat to go with your new system will give you total control over your home comfort. With the ecobee thermostat, you gain the ultimate in-home energy control, no matter where you are—at home, at work or traveling—by having the ability to use a phone app to check on things or make adjustments. But even if you don’t make changes, the ecobee is smart enough to make them for you:

  • Monitors Cold or Hot Spots

Place a room sensor thermostat in any room to ensure your living areas stay at consistently comfortable temperatures for you and your family. ecobee reads a room’s temperature to detect if anyone is using it and adjusts the temperature accordingly.

  • Includes Amazon Alexa Voice Service

ecobee4 comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can make requests from across the room for complete hands-free control. And just like those families you see on TV, you can ask for recipes, play music and create a shopping list just by asking.

  • Covers for You When You’re Away

Adjust comfort settings and volume when you’re not home using a phone app. And, if you create a vacation “event,” you’ll be notified automatically of any service reminders or if anything goes wrong with your equipment.

Give Yourself the Gift of Comfort

The holidays are over, but you can still give yourself and your family the gift of a more comfortable, energy-efficient home. Allied can help you wrap yourself in warmth (or cool comfort in summer) with an HVAC system upgrade and the luxury of a smart thermostat. Our whole-home approach will ensure your new system is the right fit, and that your investments make the most positive impact.

Proper Cooling System Sizing

Did you know that more than half of all heating and cooling systems are not properly installed? One of the most common issues we encounter is improper system sizing. This can have a profound impact on the comfort, energy efficiency, and even the durability of the system for the life of the unit.

A new air conditioning system is a big investment for New Jersey homeowners. Accurate cooling load calculations are the foundation for proper system sizing for new and existing homes alike.

Oversized Cooling Systems

Oversized air conditioning systems often do not extract enough humidity from the home, which ironically makes a house uncomfortably humid in the summer months. Oversized equipment cycles on and off often, creating excessive wear and tear on the system and needlessly shortening the life of the equipment. Cycling on and off also increases energy use, boosting utility bills and negatively affecting comfort with temperature swings.

Undersized Cooling Systems

Undersized air conditioners can not properly cool the home, especially during New Jersey heat waves. The system runs more often than is necessary, shortening the useful life of the system while increasing utility bills.

Accurate Load Calculations

Proper air conditioner sizing is essential for regulating home humidity levels and temperature. At Allied, air conditioner system sizing is based on meticulous load calculations, not guesswork.

The Allied team conducts Manual J load calculations when designing a home cooling system. This type of load calculation is a protocol by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) that allows us to accurately estimate the cooling needs of a home. We examine many aspects of home design and layout, not merely square footage. Our team measures ceilings, floors, walls, and windows as well as examines insulation factors for accurate calculations.

Many New Jersey homes are less comfortable on hot days. Often, the second-floor rooms are too warm or humid, while the first floor is just fine. Is this an issue with the air conditioning system? Many times, the answer is no.

Allied Energy Efficiency Experts can help you identify the root cause of comfort issues with our energy assessment. In many cases, lack of insulation and air sealing is the culprit, not the cooling system or ductwork.

Attic Insulation Can Improve NJ Home Comfort

Because heat rises, the attic, in particular, can become extremely hot in New Jersey homes.
Insulation creates a barrier, helping to keep warm air out of your home throughout the summer and cold air out in the winter. This is especially important in the attic, because the sun heats the roof during the summer, making the attic hot. Lack of attic insulation and air sealing creates uneven home temperatures, making the second floor warmer than the first. Insulating the attic can have a huge impact on home comfort and energy efficiency by keeping outside heat out during the summer for exceptional energy savings.

If homeowners air seal the attic as well, the Allied team can provide both services at the same time. The combination of air sealing and insulation has a synergistic effect, enhancing home comfort and reducing unwanted hot air from entering.

Energy Savings

The Department of Environment reports that proper attic insulation can cut home heating and cooling bills by up to 50%. Allied has helped many homeowners throughout New Jersey cut energy bills by identifying key areas that lack adequate insulation.

Our skilled building analysts pinpoint where your energy dollars are escaping from the home. Basement rim joists, plumbing penetrations, attic knee walls, chimneys, and recessed lighting are all key areas that we inspect, insulate, and air seal as necessary.

From Burlington to Jackson, Egg Harbor, and beyond, many New Jersey homeowners cannot believe how comfortable their homes can be, even during summer heatwaves. Identifying and solving comfort issues helps your cooling equipment to work less, saving energy and wear and tear.

With winter in full swing here in the Cherry Hill area, you may be thinking of various ways to stay warm at home. While putting on thick socks and adding an extra layer may be a good short-term solution, there are several steps you can take to resolve the issue of a cold home for good.

Are you ready to enhance your comfort at home, while also increasing energy efficiency and savings? Use these five steps to achieve a warmer home:

 1. Check Your Thermostat

Take a look at your thermostat. If it’s old and outdated, it may not even be working properly. If it’s new, have you taken the time to learn more about it and set it up according to your patterns?

Make sure you familiarize yourself with your thermostat or call a professional to upgrade it to a new, smart model. Not only will this help you stay comfortable, but you’ll also waste less energy on heating your home when you’re not there.

2. Upgrade Your Insulation

Your home’s insulation provides a thermal barrier keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. If that barrier is nonexistent or lacking, you’ll experience home with large, uncomfortable temperature swings and high heating and cooling costs.

Upgrading your home’s insulation can dramatically improve your comfort year-round. You’ll stay warm now, but you’ll also be much cooler when it starts to heat up outside.

3. Air Seal

For your home to be truly comfortable and energy-efficient, it also needs to be properly air sealed. Air sealing fills in the holes, cracks, and gaps in the building envelope of your home. Preventing air from readily moving out and helps to keep your home’s heat where it needs to be during the winter.

4. Shut the Curtains

A simple step to help keep your home warm during the cold months is as easy as closing the curtains. Especially if you have larger and older windows, closing the curtains can help to keep some heat in allowing you to increase indoor comfort.

5. Maintain or Upgrade Your HVAC System

Properly maintaining your HVAC system keeps it running efficiently and allows you to avoid unexpected breakdowns. It also extends its lifespan, so you get the most out of your investment.

However, if your boiler or furnace is over ten years old, you should ask a professional during your next maintenance appointment about whether a replacement would be a good option. With new, more energy-efficient solutions available, an upgrade could have a tremendous impact on your comfort and heating bills.

With the weather rapidly getting colder here in New Jersey, you’re probably thinking of ways to stay warm. That means you should probably pull out the winter coats and down comforters, but what else can you do to be more cozy at home throughout the entire season?

Come winter, many homeowners make simple blunders that can have serious repercussions. Don’t be one of them. Here are three common weatherization mistakes to avoid:

1. Relying on Your Windows

If you recently had your windows replaced, you may think that these new, energy-efficient models will block the cold. While they are undoubtedly better than older windows, they actually don’t keep out the cold as well as you might think. Regardless of if you have new or old windows, be sure to seal and caulk around them to cover any gaps or seams. You can also use window coverings to help keep out some of the cold.

These measures, however, will be virtually useless unless your home is properly insulated and air sealed throughout. Having a home energy assessment performed can help you uncover what exactly you can do to keep out the cold right now and stay cool in the summer.

2. Not Cleaning Your Roof & Gutters

Gutter cleaning companies are usually fully booked throughout the fall and you might not be feeling up to clearing your roof and gutters yourself, but it’s extremely important to get it done before any snow begins to fall. A roof and gutters full of leaves will wreak havoc once the snow begins to melt. Avoid damaging your home and causing moisture issues by making sure you take care of clearing the leaves from your gutters and roof.

3. Not Scheduling Heating Maintenance

It may seem logical to think that since your furnace or boiler worked all throughout the previous winter, it will continue working well this year. Unfortunately, without regular maintenance, your heating unit can quickly cause problems. Prevent emergency breakdowns, inefficient heating, indoor air quality issues, and high heating costs by scheduling a tune-up before winter hits. 

Allied Has Your Home Weatherization Solution

Avoid making mistakes and be sure your home is ready for the cold weather. Allied Energy Efficiency Experts can identify insulation and air sealing deficiencies in your home, in addition to helping maintain your heating unit. We will help you stay warm, comfortable and cozy this winter.

How Insulation Works

Insulation is supposed to keep heat where it is, so either in or out. When you’re packing cold drinks in the cooler to keep by the grill, that cooler’s insulation is supposed to keep the heat out. When you’re snuggling under a down comforter, it’s supposed to keep the heat in.

The same concept applies to your New Jersey area home. However, it’s on a much larger scale with many more variables involved. Just having insulation isn’t enough, it’s about making sure that it works by having the right kind, in the right places and the right amount.

How Much Insulation Does My Home Need?

Materials used for insulation have different abilities to resist heat. Their thermal resistance or R-value is measured per inch. Spray foam has a higher R-value than fiberglass, meaning that you need to use more fiberglass insulation to achieve the same level of insulation.

Therefore, the amount of insulation your home needs will differ based on the type you’re using. The main thing to keep in mind is achieving the right R-value in the right place. For example, the attic in your NJ home should have insulation from at least R-38 to R-60, while the walls can have somewhere between R-13 to R-15.

Combining Insulation & Air Sealing

High-performance insulation can do a good job on its own. However, you’ll truly get the most out of it when it’s combined with air sealing. Since air also allows heat to readily move in and out of spaces, by closing any gaps and cracks in your home’s building envelope, you can keep the heat exactly where you want it — in during the winter and out in the summer.

Preventing Boiler, Furnace & HVAC Breakdowns

Insulation has many benefits in addition to keeping you comfortable. In the winter without appropriate insulation, you can keep dialing up the heat at home. Not only does this significantly increase your monthly energy bills, but you’re also wearing down your furnace or boiler.

Insulation helps maintain more pleasant indoor temperatures year-round. This results in you being more comfortable and refraining from going overboard with the heating or cooling. You’ll save on your home’s expenses, lower the chances of unexpected HVAC repairs and reduce your impact on the environment.

Stay Comfortable in an Energy Efficient Home with Allied

Allied Energy Efficiency Experts can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Our weatherization solutions, in addition to our heating and cooling services, will ensure you enjoy the savings and comfort your home provides.

Although winter isn’t here yet, it’s right around the corner. With a harsh winter predicted for our area, you need to make sure you, your family and your New Jersey home are ready. The first step to getting your home prepared is scheduling a boiler or furnace tune-up. Since you probably haven’t used it for over half a year, when you turn your heating unit back on and start running it continuously, you may encounter some problems. By scheduling regular maintenance, you can avoid some of these issues and start benefiting today.

Home Safety

Health and safety are undoubtedly your number one priorities when it comes to you and your family. Incomplete combustion from your boiler or furnace can release dangerous carbon monoxide into your home’s air. During a tune-up, we’ll test and inspect your system to ensure no leaks are occurring, allowing you to experience a safe heating season and have peace of mind that you can breathe easy.

Avoid Heating Breakdowns

Unexpected heating unit failures in the middle of the winter can result in having to deal with a cold home while waiting for pricey emergency repairs. Regular heating system maintenance can help you avoid sudden boiler or furnace breakdowns.

Conserve Energy

A boiler or furnace that has been properly maintained will be more energy-efficient. Regardless of if you use natural gas or oil, you’ll end up using less of it this winter and reduce your home’s carbon emissions if you have a heating tune-up.

Save on Your Bills

A more energy-efficient furnace or boiler uses less fuel, not only preserving the environment but also helping to cut your energy bills. Start saving for the holidays or the new year instead of paying through the roof on your utility costs.

Heating Maintenance from Allied Energy Efficiency Experts

The health, safety, and comfort of your family matter to us. Don’t spend the winter and the holidays in a home that isn’t ready to handle the cold. When Allied services your furnace or boiler, we also send out a qualified energy auditor to complete a comprehensive energy assessment of your home. Not only will your heating unit be performing safely and efficiently, but we’ll also help you determine what other improvements you can make to ensure your home is even more comfortable and energy-efficient. We also offer service plans that include helpful reminders about maintaining your HVAC unit throughout the year. These plans also include added savings and benefits.

Contact us to find out what exactly happens when an Allied professional technician comes to tune up your unit!

As temperatures throughout the winter fluctuate, there are some unseasonably warm days, but there are also the bitter cold and snowy ones here in New Jersey. With any snow accumulation and colder temperatures, ice dams can start to form and wreak havoc on your home. Thankfully, they can be prevented.

What Are Ice Dams and How Do They Form?

If you’ve seen those beautiful, yet dangerous-looking icicles hanging from a gutter or roof, then you’ve come face-to-face with an ice dam. Although they may look whimsical, these ice dams can seriously damage your home’s roof, gutters, siding, and even attic. They also indicate a larger problem with a home.

Prevent ice Dams Forming on your roof

Ice Dam Damage

With just one substantial snowfall or over the course of the entire winter, ice dams can severely damage your home. Common problems include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Damaged insulation
  • Mold growth
  • Broken or fallen gutters
  • Ruined landscaping
  • Destroyed soffits or siding

Stop Ice Dams from Forming

Although ice dams can be removed, it’s a tedious process. The surest way to protect your home is to prevent them from forming from the get-go. Not only will ice dam prevention work to stop ice dams from forming, but it will also make your home more comfortable year-round and help you save on your monthly energy bills.

Pairing Air Sealing & Insulation

The stack effect transforms your home into a large chimney. It pulls warm air up and out (causing ice dams to form) while pulling cold air into your home (increasing your discomfort and energy bills). Although the stack effect occurs in virtually every home, it’s the most pronounced in homes with leaky building envelopes.

Air sealing is the process of filling in all those little gaps and cracks that appear throughout your space and allow air to readily exit and enter your home. By having your home air sealed with a particular focus on the attic, you’ll take the first step towards ice dam prevention.

To increase the effectiveness of your home’s air sealing, you should pair it with high-performance insulation. Since insulation works as a thermal barrier, it prevents heat transfer, keeping your home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer.

Adequate, high R-value (thermal resistance) insulation, particularly in the attic, is the second step to stopping ice dams from forming. By pairing air sealing and insulation, you’ll not only stop ice dams from occurring, but you’ll also transform your home into one that’s more comfortable and energy-efficient throughout the entire year.

Prevent Ice Dams with Allied Experts

If you’re tired of high energy bills, uncomfortable home temperatures, and ice dams, the team at Allied can help. We’ll make sure all the energy-efficiency issues in your home are addressed so that you can stop ice dams from forming, while also increasing your comfort and lowering your utility bills.

As winter begins to take hold in New Jersey, you need to prepare your home to handle the cold. Although you may be more focused on making sure your boiler or furnace is in working order, maintaining your water heater is also crucial. You probably use more hot water during the winter when you’re turning up the temperature during showers, washing larger loads of laundry with plenty of sweaters and other layers or even having guests stay over.

In order to guarantee you always have hot water and keep your water heating bills reasonable, tuning up your water heater is essential. The team at Allied Energy Efficiency Experts is ready to make sure your home is well prepared for winter and that every shower you, your family or your guests take is warm.

How Does Water Heater Maintenance Help?

Just like a car, in order to run without issues, your water heater needs to be regularly maintained. If you’ve noticed that your water heating bills have increased or that you’re running out of hot water more often, it’s time to have the experts come in.

The specialists at Allied can tune up your water heater or even recommend high-efficiency options, which could help you save more money while always having hot water to meet your high demands.

A water heating tune-up can help you:

  • Avoid unexpected emergency breakdowns by addressing problems early
  • Improve the supply and flow of hot water when it’s being used in multiple locations throughout your home
  • Lower your monthly water heating bills
  • Extend the lifespan of your water heater
  • Reduce the amount of energy needed, reducing your home’s impact on the environment
  • Ensure high indoor air quality by properly venting all combustion gases

Constant Hot Water with Help from Allied

The Allied team can help you ensure your gas, electric or high-efficiency water heater is performing well by providing hot water for you, your family and any potential guests all winter long. We can also help you upgrade an outdated water heater for a new energy-efficient storage tank hot water heater or an on-demand, tankless option.

A new water heater can also qualify you for state rebates and incentives, allowing you to save even more. Allied can help you stay comfortable this winter by working to provide your home with reliable hot water and lower water heating bills.

Contact us to learn more about water heating maintenance and Allied’s hot water heating tune-ups. 

Unpleasant drafts, feeling too hot or too cold and skyrocketing energy bills are unfortunately all too common problems. If you’ve been experiencing these issues and aren’t sure what’s causing them — it’s time to find out.

An energy assessment from Allied Experts can uncover the root causes of any problems you’ve been having in your home. We can then discuss the measures necessary to get your home’s comfort, indoor air quality and energy-efficiency to where they should be.

Home Energy Assessments

Just like you go in for an annual check-up with the doctor, and your car gets an inspection, your home should also be assessed. At Allied, our Expert Assessment consists of learning about you as a homeowner, taking photos of your systems while discovering more about the home, its history and uncovering the source of the problems you’re experiencing. All this information is then brought back to the Engineering & Design Department, where the team then diagnoses the symptoms to create a cure unique to your home.

Understanding exactly where your home may be letting air in and out, as well as where heat readily escapes or enters is the first step in achieving comfort and energy efficiency. Once your energy assessment is completed, we’ll provide you with unique and detailed recommendations that can improve your home and resolve the problems you’ve been experiencing.

Whether we uncover that your home needs air sealing and insulation, better indoor air quality or more efficient heating and cooling equipment, Allied can make the upgrades you require. We will also look into every rebate and incentive you’re eligible for from the state and the utility companies to ensure you save along the way.

You’ll experience the following benefits:

Greater Comfort

If you want your morning cup of coffee to stay warmer for longer, you put it in an insulated mug with an airtight lid. By insulating and air sealing your home, you’ll keep it warmer during the cold months and cooler in the summer. Since the added insulation will keep your home’s temperature more comfortable, your furnace, boiler or air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep the temperature where you want it. You’ll stop experiencing pesky, unpleasant drafts and any thermostat wars your family was having will cease, keeping everyone happy and comfortable.

Lowered Monthly Energy Bills

Since your home won’t be leaking energy, your HVAC systems won’t be running all the time to try and keep you comfortable. This results in decreased energy bills, helping you save month after month.

Improved Indoor Air Quality & Home Health

Air sealing, insulating, taking care of your home’s HVAC systems and adding ventilation can all contribute to improving your home’s indoor air quality. With cleaner and fresher air, you may notice reduced allergy or asthma symptoms. You’ll also know you’ll be staying healthier by not breathing in toxins, mold, carbon monoxide or other pollutants.

Allied: Experts in Energy-Efficiency, Comfort & Health

Our team can find the source of any discomfort, high energy bills or indoor air pollution in your home through an energy assessment. By working with us to make upgrades, you’ll quickly start enjoying the benefits.