As I saw my cost per kilowatt continue to rise, I decided to obtain a loan and bit the bullet. Remember, we were planning this house for the long run. That’s when I decided to attack the problem from the outside. Applying Super Therm® was actually better than adding any kind of insulation because it works by not allowing heat to penetrate its surface. On the contrary, insulation works once heat or cold have already penetrated an area. Supertherm has the same effect in the winter by not allowing cold to penetrate through what it has been applied onto. Today, my only regret is that I didn’t know about Super Therm® 18 years ago when we purchased the house. I see now that the sooner one can make the investment, the better because of the immediate savings effect. I was also very pleased that the price was basically the same in 2008 as the original quote they gave me in 2005. They were wonderful to work with and they did everything as promised. Baron Rosby actually applied the product and my wife still praises how diligent he was to get everything just right.
As a result, on mild days (73-83 degrees), our air unit seldom needs to kick on. Ceiling fans in every room running 24 hours a day help to keep the house nice and cool. The house now just naturally stays much cooler from cooling down at night and is able to maintain that coolness effect for a much longer period. When temperatures reach 84-93, we noticed that the unit cycles on and off periodically, but that is good because before once the heat of the day comes in around 11:00 each day, our unit used to kick on about that time and run constantly until 9-10 at night non-stop. Now it can cycle off for as long as 45 minutes to an hour.
It is still troubling at times to see our bill rise instead of decrease. However, I understand economics enough to know that inflation touches everything. When we bought our house in 1990, we paid an average of $.06 per kilowatt. Now, we pay $.13 per kilowatt. That is a staggering increase. Admittedly, we can’t do anything to bring the cost of electricity down. So the key is to use fewer kilowatts to save money. I truly feel the Super Therm® product will allow us to do just that. We have already started seeing subtle differences in the before and after affect. Over the last year, we have averaged using 2,913 kilowatts per month. Since the Super Therm® was applied, we now average less than 2,200 kilowatts per month. At today’s prices, that is $90 less usage per month.
A few days ago, my wife actually asked me to check the unit out because she hadn’t heard it cycle on for a long time. (She thought the compressor had frozen again as it had in May, 2008 because it had run out of Freon) Nevertheless, everything was working fine and the unit doesn’t need to run all the time as in the past. She had become so accustomed to the unit running all the time; she actually thought something was wrong when it wasn’t constantly running. Also, my children consistently complain now about how cold it is in the house.
Regardless of all the improvements I’ve made above, it appears the most worthwhile improvement may have been the last and most recent one, that being the application of Super Therm®.
I would certainly recommend Super Therm® to anyone experiencing efficiency issues or even those already pretty well insulated. It is hard to believe that a product sprayed on at the thickness of a business card similar to painting can have the R value equivalency of 6” of insulation, along with the ability to maintain cool roof and exterior surfaces on even the hottest days, but it’s obvious that it works.
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