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Spray Foam Insulation

At Van Manna Homes, we are constantly looking at the most energy efficient and effective ways to build. Thank you so much to Gary and his team at Prima Foam for all the great work you’ve done for us!Springbank exterior

Quick Facts
Spray Foam: Quick expanding insulation used in homes.
R Value: The term given to thermal resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value of an insulation product, the more effective the insulation properties.
Reasons to use spray foam and why it’s your go to alternative to other insulation:

– 2lb closed cell spray foam is designed to have superior properties and is a must if you’re building or renovating a custom home.
– The integrity of spray foam will be noticed right away. Its rigid properties will keep the heat in and the cold out. The closed cell creates a product that is non-air permeable. The benefits of this are to keep pollutants out. Thus, keeping the heat or air conditioning in. This is huge in the savings of your energy bills.
– Spray foam will not sag or lose its original insulation properties, making it a life time product worth investing in.
I.E. You have a garage suite or attached garage and you leave your car running in the garage below – the non-air permeable spray foam prevents those harmful fumes from seeping up into the garage suite or through into your house.

Why Spray Foam?
Prima Foam – “There is no other choice to do your installation because when we combine the R-value with the air sealing qualities of spray foam insulation, all other insulation pales in comparison.”
“There are so many reasons to choose spray foam but number one for me is that it actually works and does what it says it does!” -Gary Mai, Prima Foam

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Why is Humidity So Important in Your Home?

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The drastic change in outdoor temperatures through our cold winter season can pull the humidity right out of our homes. Since cold air can’t hold moisture like warm air can, it feels much drier through wintertime because the air is less saturated with humidity. Low humidity levels in winter can cause several annoying problems, including:

Colds/Respiratory Problems
It is very common to become sick easier than normal in the winter – and there is an explanation: low humidity levels! Our noses and throat dry out easily in the cold winter months, making it harder to remove bacteria, dust, dirt, etc. before they are breathed into our lungs. Keep your throat and nose moist and avoid those colds by increasing the humidity in your home!
Static Electricity
That dreadful shock that comes when you touch an object or a family member… that is directly related to low humidity levels in your house. If you increase the humidity in your home that static charge won’t build up, and you won’t be shocked.
Dry Skin
As I’m sure you’ve experienced, dry skin can be a serious issue in the winter. Low humidity levels cause skin to easily chap and break. Same goes for your scalp – causing flaking (dandruff). Pet dander becomes more predominant in dry homes in the winter, too. Moist air within the home will help keep the skin moisturized to avoid these issues.
Household Damage
When the air within your house is lacking humidity, it will try to find moisture elsewhere. The dry air can pull moisture from wooden furniture or structures in your home, even causing the annoying squeaky floors I’m sure you’ve heard in some rooms. Again, increasing the humidity could help this.

Call us any time for more information on a home humidification system!

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Trend Alert

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ACCOMODATING THE RENTERS TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

“Mortgage Helpers” is a huge trend as of late and the demand is high for rental properties in the inner-city. This has resulted in more development of multi-family properties, more permits being requested from the City and more legalized suites being added to existing properties. The trend of focusing on secondary suites helps with one’s mortgage payments and facilitates the common goals of affordable inner city living and being mortgage-free faster. We are seeing more and more clients purchase R2 Zoned properties, building a duplex to occupy one side and renting the neighboring unit. Or, adding a carriage suite over their garage (i.e.: Currie Barracks and Garrison) to accommodate rental income. Does being mortgage-free faster sound like something you’re interested in? Van Manna Homes is here to help and provide simple solutions for maximizing your investments. Visit www.VanMannaHomes.com for more information about your future income property!

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What’s Happening in Inner-City Calgary?

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DOWNSIZING

Over the last couple of years we have seen a change in the home-buying trends in Calgary; more people are downsizing to inner-city infills, leaving their larger sprawling homes and acreages for the more suburban and amenity-filled communities. The trend seems to be mainly baby boomers and the empty-nesters of the city. They are slightly smaller places in terms of square footage but in more appealing locations, in the trendy inner-city neighborhoods with proximity to walk everywhere. Visit Van Manna Homes online or contact us today to inquire on how we can help with your transition to a spacious new infill today!