Insulation is key for maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature in your home year-round. Many homeowners assume their house is airtight because they have energy efficient thermal windows. But a significant amount of heat may be lost through poorly insulated areas of the home, such as the attic. Heat rises and will leak through the roof without proper insulation.
We work with industry leader Cea Foam. Their spray foam insulation is better and more effective than traditional insulation, which is usually a pink or yellow color and often made of fiberglass. Spray foam insulation has a higher R-Value and is applied to all the cracks and crevices where air may escape, which creates an airtight foam barrier and insulates your home against the elements. A 40×24′ un-insulated crawl space will cost approximately $3500 to insulate with spray foam, but will save you 25 to 35 percent in energy costs per year. A properly insulated home is not only more comfortable; it saves you a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Let’s talk ductwork. Poor ductwork can affect a home in a number of ways, ultimately resulting in inconsistent room temperatures, less energy efficiency and high heating and cooling costs. Ductwork that is damaged (broken, disconnected, pinched) or connected improperly will leak. If the ductwork is not properly insulated, it will not keep the air flowing through it hot or cool (depending on the season) for long, resulting in rooms that are too cold or too hot, and potential moisture/mold issues.
At Kevin Conrad Heating & Cooling, all ductwork is custom-made by hand in our shop. The connections and fittings we use are more of a commercial grade, and we are the only company using neoprene gaskets. We also make sure our work is above the required code. A 12 percent leakage by code is average and we make sure our work is ahead of the code, with only a 4 percent leakage. The materials we use cannot be bought “off the shelf” – they are all custom. Radius fittings and split Y transition off the coil for a close-fit duct fitting. One of our most recent jobs, shown here, was a 5X ClimateMaster (geothermal system) supplying three zones. Custom ductwork is the only way to go with these tight ceiling spaces and architectural spaces.
Take a look at the mechanical piping we just completed on this project. From utilizing prefabricated copper manifolds, which are custom built, to laser leveling the pipes and more – we use better materials and products and really take pride in our workmanship. Some companies simply provide air conditioning and ductwork. At Kevin Conrad Heating & Cooling, we do all the electrical, piping and sheet metal work under one house, and we’re the only mechanical piping company on Nantucket Island that is bonded.
We don’t install the biggest hot water heater, but the best, most efficient hot water heater for the application. We consider the energy consumption of the unit, not just the consumption of gas. Doing so cuts down one-third of energy costs, which means significant savings for the homeowner. The end result for the customer? Less stress, greater reliability, energy savings and peace of mind.
We recently completed a conversion in an open space, three-bedroom home. The main heater was going and the homeowner wanted a back-up heater to his open boiler. As you can see, the ductwork has been completed.
We have a full sheet metal shop (and by the way, Kevin Conrad is Nantucket Island’s sheet metal instructor), so we are able to fabricate custom ductwork for any installation. Custom ductwork increases your return on investment. To us, every job is a work of art. It has to be done right and done well.