Residential

Your Energy Savings Home.

You can rely on Roscoe Brown’s 75+ years’ experience in knowing how to save you money on your utilities. We employ a combination of smart technology systems, preventive maintenance, insulation, and today’s most advanced, energy efficient solutions.

Here are some of the many ways we reduce utilities costs for homeowners just like you:

How to insulate yourself
from losing energy.

We know you want to save money, save energy and feel comfortable in your home and business, but did you know that insulation can help you accomplish all three goals?

Eighty percent of all homes, for instance, built in the last thirty years don’t have enough insulation. Most experts agree that, by adding the proper amount of insulation, you can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.

The best news is that insulation is inexpensive, and the energy savings can quickly make up for the investment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes in middle Tennessee should have an attic R-value of between R-38 and R-60. If your attic’s R-value is less than 38, you probably need more insulation. (R-value is a measure of thermal resistance of a substance.  The term is most commonly applied to measure the amount of insulation.)

Adding insulation is one of the best steps you can take to achieve long-term savings and efficiency for a lifetime.  Call us today, and we can measure the amount of insulation in your home or business and will give you a free estimate at the same time.

Open cell foam insulation

Open cell is a type of foam where the tiny cells are not completely closed. Open cell is less expensive because it uses fewer chemicals. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide any type of water vapor barrier. It is much more sponge-like in appearance. It is often used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction. It is not recommended for outdoor applications.

Light Density Open Cell: • Spray-in-place AND Air Barrier • Vapor Permeable • ―Breathes‖ • Flexible • Does not sustain mold*  • Drains water through • R-3.7 per inch

Closed cell foam insulation

Closed cell foam insulation is much denser than open cell. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier as well as a water vapor barrier. It is often used in roofing and crawlspace projects or other outdoor applications, but can be used anywhere in the home.

Medium Density Closed Cell: • Spray-in-place Insulation AND Air Barrier • Low Vapor Permeance  • Vapor retarder • Rigid • Does not sustain mold* • Rejects bulk water (even submerged)** • R-6.0+ per inch

Do It Yourself: Measure Your Attic Insulation

To find out how much insulation you have in a particular area of your home, you can measure it yourself. Just follow these three tabbed steps and use the following equation.

Inches of insulation____ x Insulation R-value____ = Total Insulation R-value____Example: 8″ insulation depth x 3.2 R-value = 25.6 R-value

Note:  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes in middle Tennessee should have an attic R-value of between R-38 and R-60. If your R-value is less than 38, you probably need more insulation. Call us today for additional assistance in providing insulation for your home or business. 

Step One

Measure the depth of your insulation using a ruler. The insulation depth will vary, so take an average, after measuring at several points.

Step Two

Determine the type of insulation you have.

Step Three

Use this formula to determine the R-value of the area you measured:

Inches of insulation____ x Insulation R-value____ = Total Insulation R-value____Example: 8″ insulation depth x 3.2 R-value = 25.6 R-value

The Benefits Of Tankless Hot Water Heaters

If your hot water heater is an older tank model, you could save both money and space in your home by investing in a tankless hot water heater from Roscoe Brown Heating, Cooling & Insulation. Our company serves homeowners and commercial properties in McMinnville, Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Nashville and the surrounding areas.

You will notice a difference in your utility bill the first month after you have a new tankless hot water heater installed. That is because a tankless unit is designed to produce hot water only when necessary and automatically shuts itself off when no hot water is required. When you have a tankless hot water heater in your home, you will never run out of hot water for dishwashing, laundry or a shower again.

Another benefit of the tankless system over a traditional hot water heater is the life span. On average, a tankless water heater lasts for over 20 years, while a standard hot water heater lasts approximately 10 years. In addition to having a lifespan that is twice as long, tankless heaters also tend to need less maintenance over the years than their more traditional counterparts since they only run on demand.

When water sits in typical hot water heaters, it has a tendency to begin corroding. This is a risk you won’t have when your water is heated by a tankless system. The newer models are also less likely to leak due to a buildup of corrosion. Finally, they are more compact and take up less space in your home.

Roscoe Brown Heating, Cooling & Insulation was established in 1940 and today is in its third generation of leadership from the Brown family. Over the years, we have embraced new technology that has made heating and cooling your home more efficient, including tankless hot water heaters.

Don’t let your hard earned money go down the drain.

Roscoe Brown’s residential leak detection services can help identify hidden leaks inside and outside your home.

Unaddressed leaks in piping or fixtures can result in extensive damage that may cost thousands of dollars to repair. Since most plumbing related leaks are concealed, it is important to hire a qualified plumber who is experienced in using the most advanced leak detection technologies.

Our comprehensive leak detection process can help lower your water bills while limiting the damage caused by leaky pipes and fixtures.

If you’re like many homeowners,
your crawl space is currently damp and possibly moldy.

Most homeowners view their crawl space as that creepy area in the basement that is fertile ground for horror movies. However, when sealed the right way, your crawl space can be a dry, safe place to store the overflow of old yearbooks from your basement. But if you’re like many homeowners, your crawl space is currently damp and possibly moldy.

 

Crawl space encapsulation has a come a long way.

Roscoe Brown installs a polyethylene barrier to line your crawl space floor and foundation walls, and we insulate your foundation walls. Next, we leverage your existing HVAC system to heat and cool your crawl space to the same temperature as the rest of your home. This solution will improve your home’s efficiency and lower your energy bills.

 

Here are 3 good reasons to consider crawl space encapsulation for your home:

 

Your Home’s Structural Integrity

Wet, moist crawl spaces not only mean hazardous mold, they also result in weakening your wooden floor joists. Roll a marble across the floor above your crawl space. If it’s not level, you may already have a compromised foundation.

 

Energy Efficiency

Most crawl spaces vent to the outside, which results in cool air coming in during the winter, and hot air filling your crawl space in the summer. With the outside air banished from your crawl space, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to keep your family comfortable, resulting in energy savings.

 

Preventing the Insect Invasion

For termites, wet wood is a five-star restaurant of gastronomic delight. While predators avoid moist, wet spaces, rodents and insects love them. The polyethylene barrier we install seals off the moisture that attracts these pesky pests.

 

For an estimate on your crawl space encapsulation, call Roscoe Brown today at 1-888-MY-ROSCOE.

Your Smart Home.

Did you know that programmable thermostats save homeowners an average of 20% on their heating and cooling costs? Not only do they look like a smart phone adorning your wall, they can sync up to your smart phone, enabling you to control your energy costs remotely while you’re away…for work or play.

What are the advantages of a programmable thermostat?

Electronic thermostats are more efficient than those that contain mercury. They also give you more accurate temperature readings. Furthermore, pre-programming your thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home throughout the day, even while you are not inside the house. Programmable thermostats operate automatically, so you will never need to worry about forgetting to manually change the setting. A properly used programmable thermostat can thus help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. It can even extend the effective lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment by reducing the workload on your systems at different times during the day.

Call us to find out what’s new in smart home technology.

It’s time to go natural.

Geothermal energy is an innovative way to extract natural energy from the earth to power homes and buildings. It lets you be more energy efficient, help make environmentally conscious buying decisions, and lower utility bills by 30% to 70%.

This is how it works. You see, the Earth absorbs approximately 47% of the heat energy from the sun that reaches the surface. A geothermal unit works by circulating a water-based solution through a buried loop system to utilize these constant temperatures. A single piece of equipment has the ability to heat and cool your home, in addition to providing hot water.

In fact, you’ll never run out of hot water. In the summer your hot water is virtually free because it is produced from the excess heat extracted from your home when the system is in the cooling cycle. Year-round these systems make hot water abundant and up to 30% less expensive. We’ll also help you identify any applicable Energy Star rebates.

Give us a call.  Because geothermal is just natural.

Problems with indoor air quality can create discomfort for those sensitive to airborne particulates, whether it’s a minor or serious reaction to dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites and other indoor air contaminants. If you have any family members who have sensitivity to any of these materials, a filter may be the answer to your troubles.
You have lots of filter options, but among the best are 5″ pleated filters. These filters go above and beyond the regular 1″ filter.
All forced-air heating and cooling systems use filters to trap the larger particles in the air to keep the indoor components of the system clean. Although the primary purposes of these filters is to protect the equipment, homeowners can improve the quality of the air by upgrading to a filter with a higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) that will trap more airborne particulates, a 5″ pleated filter.
Extended Media Filters
These filters trap far more particles than the HVAC filter and require professional installation. They’re about eight inches thick and have to be placed inside the ductwork, since air handlers simply don’t have enough space inside the compartment.
Another type of extended media filter is a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter that offers the highest MERV of all air filters. These filters can remove 99 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns. A HEPA system is available as a portable air cleaner or it can be installed in your HVAC system. This type of filtration system is found in buildings that must have the highest level of indoor air quality, like clean rooms and healthcare facilities, so you know its the best.

To find out what filters would be best for you home contact our indoor air quality experts.

Ready to maximize your energy savings? Let us know today.

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