Garage Door Insulation

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As the weather heats up, it’s the perfect time to consider insulating your garage door, especially if you use the space a home gym or workshop. Adding insulation to the door’s interior channels can help keep your garage an average of 20 degrees cooler in the summer. Insulation may also reduce noise transfer, increase energy efficiency, and brighten what might otherwise be considered a dreary space.

This is a relatively easy and affordable DIY project.

Purchase the Right Insulation Material

Rigid Foam Insulation: Typically made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS) or polyisocyanurate (“iso”), rigid foam insulation is an acceptable choice for garage door insulation if they are foil-faced and fire-rated. R-values for rigid foam insulation range from 3.3 to 6.5 per inch of thickness.

Batt Insulation: Commonly composed from fiberglass, batt insulation is more flexible than rigid foam insulation, with insulation values between R-3 and R-4 per inch of thickness. Not as good as rigid foam insulation, but still a viable option, especially considering batt insulation is one of the most affordable options available.

Understanding R-Values

An R-value is the resistance of heat flow through a given thickness of material. The higher the value, the greater the thermal resistance and therefore, the energy savings. An R-value is just one of four key factors you should consider.

  • Wind
  • Humidity
  • Temperature

These are all factors that should also be taken into consideration when selecting an insulation material. For maximum energy savings, it’s also important to consider insulating the entire garage, and not just the door.

Matching Insulation to Your Garage Door

  • Steel garage doors can accommodate any type of insulation
  • Wood frame garage doors can accommodate foam board insulation. Consider applying two layers
  • Flat garage doors (doors without panels) can accommodate rigid foam insulation

At Carrig and Dancer, you will find a large selection of rigid foam backed and batt insulation guaranteed to make your garage more comfortable not only during the summer, but year ‘round. Visit our website at www.carriganddancerinsulation.com or contact us directly at (253) 584-7704 to schedule an initial consultation and free quote.

5 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your Home

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Because we all deserve a little peace and quiet.

Noise – there is no escaping it. Whether it is the result of noisy neighbors above you, music blaring, an airplane passing overhead or honking cars outside, there is nothing more irritating to the senses than unwanted noise. Unwanted noise that can have far reaching consequences according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In fact, any unwanted noise that our ears haven’t been trained to filter out can mess with our sleep, add to our stress, infringe on our privacy, and generally compromise our quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of soundproofing initiatives you can take alleviate the problem, which don’t require you to go through the expense of remodeling your home.

Here are 5 simple ways to soundproof your home:

#1. Add Insulation

Adding insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep unwanted noise out. Good candidates for additional insulation include the ceilings, walls and attic. Blown-in cellulose is an effective sound insulator. Made from recycled paper or denim, it contains no VOCs, is fire-resistant and environmentally friendly, too. Rigid foam board insulation is another good choice.

#2. Upgrade Your Windows

In terms of blocking sound, the windows in your home probably aren’t cutting it; especially if you’re still rocking single pane glass. Your monthly heating and cooling costs may also be higher than they should be. Replacing old, inefficient windows with double pane offers much more in the way of energy efficiency and noise reduction, without paying a premium for triple pane windows.

#3. Apply Weatherstripping

There are many low-cost ways to soundproof your home. One of the easiest: weatherstripping each window and door in your home. Weatherstrip all points where sash meets jambs, headers and sills, using adhesive-backed high-density foam tape. Fill tiny cracks or gaps with an acoustical caulk sealant. Replacing hollow-core entry doors with solid-core will also help quiet outside noise.

#4. Hang Sound-absorbing Curtains

The same materials used to decorate your home can help absorb a great deal of sound, as well as stop the transmission of outdoor sounds, and keep the sun out of your rooms. Look for tightly-woven, heavy materials such as velvets, embroidered brocade and wools or blackout curtains with built-in liners. To maximize the sound reduction, make sure they cover the wall above and below your window too.

#5. Try – Duct Wrap

Your plumbing also contributes to noise. Water running through pipes is unavoidable, but by insulating those pipes, you can cut associated sounds in half. The same is true for air ducts. Apply duct wrap to all joints before wrapping them with insulation. Use foil-backed insulation with a minimum R-value (thermal resistance rating) of 6. You can also apply this combo to your home’s water heater.

Spring Cleaning for Energy Efficiency

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Today, March 20th, marks the first day of spring! For many that means giving the house, apartment or yes, even the office a good cleaning. Spring, however, is also a great time to adopt a spring cleaning for energy efficiency routine. Small changes like these can make a BIG difference in your home’s energy consumption, comfort, and cost.

Change air filters every three months – Routinely replacing or cleaning your air filters will not only keep your air cleaner, but can lower your HVAC equipment’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent, per the U.S. Department of Energy. Look for healthy living or hypoallergenic filters as these will help increase your indoor air quality.

Reduce water heater temperature – One good way to control energy costs is to reduce the temperature on your water heater. It’s a fact. Turning down the temperature 10˚F can save you 3 to 5 percent on energy costs. Double that if you lower it from 140˚F to 120˚F (this is an adequate spring/summer temperature).

Redirect ceiling fans – Air conditioning is often a homeowners’ biggest expense – especially in the summer. One way to get more out of your air conditioner, but still pay less is to take advantage of your home’s ceiling fans by directing them to circulate counterclockwise; forcing cool air down rather than up.

Seal air leaks – Nobody likes a drafty home, no matter what the season. Sealing your home of air leaks keeps the cool air in, the warm air out, and the cash in your wallet while increasing home comfort. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air sealing techniques.

Check your insulation levels – Inadequate levels of insulation can result in abnormally high energy bills. If you’re not sure why your bill is so high, check your current insulation levels. Per this year’s Cost vs. Value report, adding fiberglass insulation to your attic has an average return on investment of 107.7%.

Attic Insulation How To

 

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Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy consumed in an average home. Because heat rises, an attic lacking adequate insulation could be costing you big bucks, as evidenced by high utility bills. Taking steps to combat high utility bills is good for the environment, good for you, and good for your wallet. The following is an attic insulation how to.

How much does attic insulation cost?

According to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, which compares the average cost of 29 popular home improvement projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets, hiring a contractor to install insulation in your attic will cost $1,343. On the upside, you will see a 107.7% return on investment (ROI), should you ever decide to sell or refinance your home. In addition, you may qualify to receive a federal tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $500.

How much material will I need?

That depends. Insulation levels are specified by R-value. R-value is a measure of an insulation material’s ability to resist heat flow. Higher R-values are required in colder areas, whereas, R-38 is the recommended value for temperate and hotter climates. Take a look at ENERGY STAR’s recommended home insulation R-values guidelines for more information. Keep in mind that R-values vary depending on material.

Armed with this information, you will then want to measure the length and width of your attic to determine how many square feet of insulation you’ll need. To complete this job, you may also need other materials, such as silicone caulk, metal flashing, and weatherstripping as it is important to first seal off any existing air leaks or drafts. Sealing off these leaks will provide benefits for years to come.

Tips for Working in the Attic

  • Have a plan in place. The key to any successful project – especially a project of this magnitude – is adequate planning. Before beginning, gather all necessary tools and supplies, including a flashlight. You’ll also want to ensure the area is well-lit by using a work light.
  • Protect yourself. Insulation can be itchy and irritating to the skin, as well as harmful to the lungs, which is why it’s important to wear the proper gear to protect yourself. We recommend wearing safety googles, work gloves, a face mask, and a lightweight disposable coverall in addition to using knee pads.

3 Steps to an Insulated Attic

Step 1: Seal Air Leaks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that you or a professional air seal your attic before insulating it. There are many benefits to air sealing including reducing heating and cooling costs, improving durability, increasing comfort, and creating a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two effective air sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment.

Step 2: Choose Your Insulation

Loose Fill Insulation – No one says you have to use the same type of insulation that currently exists in your attic when adding additional material. You can easily use loose fill on top of fiberglass batts or blankets. If you choose to use loose fill insulation, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional. This type of material requires specialized machines and techniques.

Batt Insulation – Laying fiberglass rolls is an easy to moderate do-it-yourself project. Sold in various widths, this type of insulation is designed to fit easily within most typical joists, although layering is required to get the proper R-value for your zone. When laying down additional insulation work from the perimeter, out, moving towards the attic opening. Never lay insulation over recessed light fixtures or soffit vents.

Step 3: Create Barriers

No matter the material, if you’re installing insulation near recessed lights or soffit vents, you’ll want to use sheet metal or wire mesh to help create a barrier. Insulation and recessed light fixtures do not mix! Some recessed lights, however, are designed for “insulation contact” or “IC,” in which case no barrier is required. Check the fixture first before installing insulation.

Winter Energy Saving Tips

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Save money this winter with these energy saving tips.

Upgrade to LED

LEDs are extremely energy efficient, consuming 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, and lasting 50,000 times longer. Although LEDs have a higher initial cost than more traditional lightbulbs, like incandescent and compact fluorescent, the cost is quickly recouped over time in lower electricity costs. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials, generate virtually no heat, and are 100% recyclable.

Invest in insulation

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold in homes without proper attic insulation. With added insulation your home becomes much more energy efficient. This will reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling your home. Other benefits of insulating your home include increasing sound control, regulating the temperature, and making your living environment more enjoyable.

Keep your air filters clean

When is the last time you changed your air filters? Changing air filters is critical to the proper performance of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, not to mention your home’s indoor air quality, as well as lowering your monthly heating and cooling bills. ENERGY STAR recommends changing air filters every month or every three months if you invest in HEPA quality filters.

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat helps you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint, therefore helping the environment, by automating your home’s temperatures without sacrificing your comfort. When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up, as well as the work/school schedules of everyone in the household. This will provide you with the most savings.

Adjust the thermostat at night

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent per year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees when you are asleep or away from home. During the winter, they recommend setting the thermostat to 68˚F, and during the summer to 78˚F when you’re awake and need heating or cooling.

Use ceiling fans to your advantage

Good ventilation and airflow equal increased energy savings. If your home has ceiling fans, table fans, floor fans or any combination of these, you have more control over ventilation than you may realize. Setting your fan’s blades to move counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer, and setting them clockwise will trap heat inside the rooms where they are, keeping them warmer during the winter.

Reduce heat loss from your fireplace

There is nothing quite like the glow, warmth, and crackle of a fire in the hearth; especially on a cold winter’s night. When in use, you should open the dampers in the bottom of the fireplace (if applicable), or open the nearest window by an inch to reduce heat loss. When not in use, keep the damper closed, as an open damper allows warm air to escape straight up the chimney.

Keeping Warm with Attic Insulation

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Would you like to save on home energy costs?

By adding attic insulation, you are provided with some of the largest opportunities to save energy in your home, as well as maintain a comfortable temperature throughout much more efficiently. Whether it is summer or winter, adding attic insulation makes your house a lot more livable, while saving you some much needed dough.

Best of all, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report, adding attic insulation is the #1 home improvement project with the best return on investment (ROI). In fact, attic insulation was the only home improvement project to provide over a 100% return on investment, recouping you 116.9%.

There are also several tax credits you should be aware of. According to ENERGY STAR, typical bulk insulation products like those mentioned below, qualify for a federal tax credit amount of 10% of the cost; up to $500. This tax credit is available for purchases made in 2016, as well as retroactive to purchases made in 2015.

  • Blown-in Insulation: Loose cellulose or fiberglass insulation that is professionally blown into a wall cavity or attic using a commercial-grade insulation blower.
  • Roll and Batt Insulation: Composed of mineral materials or fiberglass, this type of insulation provides some of the best R-values per inch.
  • Expanding Spray Foam Insulation: Expandable spray foam is best suited for insulating wall cavities, ceiling, and roof-deck applications.
  • Rigid Foam Insulation: Consists of high density foam, mineral or fiberglass boards that are commonly used in cathedral ceilings and exterior walls as well as attics.

Products that reduce air leaks such as weather stripping, canned spray foam, caulk designed specifically for air sealing, and house wrap may also qualify for these tax credits as long as they come with a Manufacturers Certification Statement. Professional installation costs are NOT included.

Should I Invest in Attic Insulation?

If your home experiences any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider adding adequate levels of insulation to your home’s attic space, along with its interior walls, floors, and crawl spaces. Note that the EPA recommends air sealing the attic using any one of the aforementioned products before adding insulation.

  • Drafty rooms.
  • Hot or cold ceilings or walls.
  • High heating or cooling costs.
  • Uneven temperatures between rooms.
  • Ice dams in the winter (where applicable).

Determining Proper Insulation R-Values

Understanding an insulation material’s R-value – a measure of how well it resists the flow of heat – is very important. The higher the number, the better the insulating power, and the more energy you will save. If your home is not properly insulated, you are likely paying more than you should be for home energy.

Recommended R-values are 30 to 60 for most attic spaces, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, with R-38 (or about 12 to 15 inches, depending on material type) being considered the “sweet spot.” In colder climates, go for R-49. For insulation recommendations tailored to your home, visit the DOE’s Home Energy Saver Tool.

Professional Installation by Carrig & Dancer

As a locally owned and operated insulation contractor, servicing Washington State, we take great pride in all aspects of what we do. We specialize in both residential and commercial insulation installs. No job is ever too big or small for us to handle. Call us today at (253) 584-7704 for a free in-home estimate.

The Importance of Sufficient Insulation Levels

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Do your energy bills seem excessive? Does your air conditioner run all the time? Do you have trouble heating the second floor of your two-story home in the winter? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably lack sufficient insulation levels in your home. Insulation, much like a travel Thermos®, works to keep you comfortably cool during the summer, and cozy warm during the winter.

Ensuring sufficient levels of insulation, as well as the right R-value for your geographical location, provides many benefits. Not only will it make your home more energy efficient – lowering heating and cooling costs – but, it will also make it more comfortable and healthier for all occupants. It also has a positive impact on the environment. However, according to the Department of Energy, few homes today have sufficient insulation.

With energy prices expected to rise within the next few years, this is simply not acceptable, especially when you consider the fact that heating and cooling already account for 48% of your home energy use. Ensuring sufficient insulation levels within your attic, wall, and floor cavities will increase your home’s energy efficiency thus maximizing your return on investment.

Understanding the term “R-value” – a measure of how well it reduces the flow of heat and cold into and out of your home – is also of importance when looking to reap the rewards of insulation. The higher the R-value, the greater the reward! Fiberglass, cellulose, rock wool, and spray foam insulation all have different R-values per inch as you will notice below.

Why Invest in an Energy Audit?

One of the best ways to determine whether or not your home lacks sufficient levels of insulation is to schedule a comprehensive energy audit. This is something most electricity companies provide. A visual inspection and/or thermal imaging scan can detect cold spots, air leaks, energy stealing appliances and electronics, and insufficient levels of insulation. An energy audit should be performed if you live in an older house.

Understanding the Types of Insulation

There are four basic types of home insulation:

Loose Fill Insulation – Loose cellulose or fiberglass insulation that is blown into a wall cavity or attic using a commercial-grade insulation blowing machine.

Roll and Batt Insulation – Composed of mineral materials or fiberglass, this type of insulation material is best suited to homeowners seeking affordability, and high R-values.

Spray Foam Insulation – Expandable spray foam that best suited for wall cavity, ceiling, and roof-deck applications. This type of insulation is resistant to surface heat and cold.

Rigid Foam Insulation – High density foam, mineral or fiberglass boards that are commonly used in cathedral ceilings and on exterior walls.

R-Values of Insulation by Type

The R-values per inch of the most common types of insulation are as follows:

  • Fiberglass (loose): 2.2-2.7
  • Fiberglass (batts): 2.9-3.8
  • Cellulose (loose): 3.2-3.8
  • Rock Wool (loose): 3.0-3.3
  • Foam (sprayed): 3.2-6.5

Winter is coming! Act now to ensure sufficient insulation levels by contacting us at (253) 584-7704 or visiting us at www.carriganddancerinsulation.com for a free initial estimate.

Fall Bucket List

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Now that our favorite season is officially here, we at Carrig & Dancer have compiled a fall bucket list, complete with family-friendly activities throughout Washington.

[] Enjoy Fresh Apple Cider

What better way to celebrate fall than sampling fresh apple cider? Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm in Olympia, holds an Apple Festival every weekend in October with games, tractor-drawn wagon rides and other family-friendly activities. While there, you’ll want to sample the farm’s award-winning cider, and bring home a pie or two.

[] Bake Pumpkin Bread

[] Take a Fall Foliage Drive

Some of the most vibrant colors – from vibrant reds and oranges to brilliant golds and yellows – can be found at Mount Rainier in west-central Washington state. Plan on heading out early in the day to avoid crowds. Mount Rainer will certainly have you and your family eliciting “oohs” and “ahhs.”

[] S’mores anyone?

[] Craft with Fallen Leaves

Bring nature’s beauty indoors with DIY leaf art. This project is perfect for kids of all ages. Simply gather some of your favorite leaves and/or flowers, flatten them under a heavy book, copy with a color photocopier, then glue the prints onto inexpensive canvas boards. Pinterest provides other DIY leaf art crafts.

[] Decorate Your Porch for Fall

[] Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Make this fall season unforgettable. Head on over to the Rutledge Corn Maze in Olympia and get lost in their 8-acre Corn Maze. The farm offers activities that are fun for all ages including: Spookley the Square Pumpkin, corn hole games, swings, and rides on their new cow train. When the sun sets, the maze becomes haunted.

[] Visit a Haunted House

[] Ensure Proper Levels of Insulation

Under-insulated homes waste energy and money, harm the environment, and negatively affect the comfort of homeowners. A great place to start improving your home’s insulation is in the attic. Adding insulation to the home’s walls and ceilings is also a simple and effective way to increase energy efficiency.

Top 6 September Events

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Are you always seeking out things to do throughout Washington? The month of September has some of the year’s biggest happenings including one of the largest state fairs in the world. Check out these Top 6 things to do this September.

#1. Washington State Fair

When: September 2 – 25, 2016 (closed Tuesdays)

Where: Washington State Fair Events Center

110 9th Ave SW

Puyallup, WA 98371

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What: The Washington State Fair is one of the top ten largest fairs in the world. This annual event features delicious food, wild rides, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. This year’s concert lineup – included in event admission – features names such as Smash Mouth (9/8), Alan Jackson (9/17), Gavin DeGraw (9/21), and Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (9/23). You won’t want to miss the fun!

Cost: Regular price admission is $12.50 for adults and $9.00 for students (ages 6-18) and seniors (ages 62+). Kids 5 and under are free. Early bird discounts are available through select retailers. Parking is $10 during the week and $15 on the weekends.

#2. Wooden Boat Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: Northwest Maritime Center

431 Water St

Port Townsend, WA 98368

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What: The Wooden Boat Festival features more than 300 wooden vessels, hundreds of indoor and outdoor demonstrations, a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts. There’s something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn. Also included this year is lively music, Washington inspired cuisine, and local spirits. This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!

Cost: One-day tickets are $17.00 and Multi-day tickets (Fri-Sun) are $35.00. Discounted ticket rates are available at the gate for seniors 65+, students, and active military personnel with ID.

#3. Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: Mukilteo Lighthouse Park

609 Front St

Mukilteo, WA 98275

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What: Celebrating its 50th year, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival features a grand parade, fireworks, Battle of the Bands, children’s activities, live entertainment, local artisans, foods from around the globe including Mukilteo’s own famous Salmon Bake, and a children’s fishing derby (open to ages 5-14 years old).

Cost: Entry to the festival is free! Some activities such as the children’s bounce houses and rides, however, require the purchase of tickets.

#4. San Gennaro Festival

When: September 9 – 11, 2016

Where: 1225 S Angelo St

Seattle, WA 98108

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What: Do you love Italian food? Then you won’t want to miss this three-day Italian Street Fair in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. This year’s event brings together the best in Italian cuisine, local spirits, children’s activities, merchandise booths, and three nights of live music and dancing. You won’t want to miss it!

Cost: Entry to the festival is free.

#5. Skagit River Salmon Festival

When: September 10, 2016

Where: Waterfront Park

12885 Casino Drive

Anacortes, Washington 98221

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What: The Skagit River Salmon Festival is back to celebrate the Skagit River and the return of salmon. This free, family event will be located at Waterfront Park, surrounded by breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Padilla Bay. This year features live entertainment, artisan wares, ‘Hunters of the Sky’ Raptor shows, great food, and so much more.

Cost: Entry to the festival is free!

#6. Fremont Oktoberfest

When: September 23 – 25, 2016

Where: 3503 Phinney Ave

Seattle, WA 98103

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What: Fremont Oktoberfest is a fall tradition in Seattle and has been hailed as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest! This event takes over more than half of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, featuring fun for the whole family, including the four-legged variety. Things to do include Dogtoberfest, a Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest, a 5K run on Sunday, and Sunday of all ages day.

Cost: General admission tickets are $25.00, grand admission tickets are $30.00, festival only admission is $20.00, Fremont brew crew admission is $50.00 (limited quality available), and Alpine Climb 5K registration is $25.00 if purchased before September 23rd. Kids are free on Sunday.

Top 5 Reasons to Insulate Your Home

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Unless your home was specifically designed and constructed to be energy-efficient (and even then), you could probably stand to add more insulation, which works to effectively reduce your energy bills and save you money.

The signs of an inadequately insulated home include significantly high energy bills, and a cold house in the winter or a sauna in the summer, among other conditions. Here are some reasons why you should consider adding insulation to your home.

Your Home Was Built Before 1980

Did you know that most homes are under-insulated? It’s true. Research conducted by Boston University, in partnership with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), estimates that approximately 90% of all existing homes in the United States are under-insulated.

Under-insulated homes waste energy and money, harm the environment, and negatively affect the comfort of homeowners. A great place to start improving your home’s insulation is in the attic. Adding insulation to the home’s walls and ceilings is also a simple and effective way to increase energy efficiency.

To Ensure Your Comfort

Inadequate insulation can result in inconsistent temperatures. It might be a bedroom that is especially cold or a living room that is uncomfortably warm. Stepping into a room that is either colder or warmer than other rooms is a sure sign of an insulation issue. Another common problem that may cause this is air leaks. You may find air leaks in your attic, walls, and around window and doors.

High Energy Bills

Because heating and air conditioning typically account for a significant portion of your energy consumption, a spike in your energy bill may signal the fact that the HVAC system is working harder than it should to account for rooms with varying temperatures, depending on the season. Ensuring adequate insulation helps to regulate the temperatures in your home thus resulting in lower energy bills.

Noise Reduction

Nosie from sources occurring inside and outside your home can be lessened with insulation. Adding insulation to the walls of offices, home theater rooms, nurseries, and bedrooms is a sound choice. Insulating exterior walls can lessen or eliminate uncontrollable noise such as loud neighbors, traffic, construction, etc. from entering your home and ruining your peaceful slumber.

Upcoming Home Improvement Projects

For the best R-values (thermal resistance) plan to add to, or replace existing insulation during a remodel in areas where framing is exposed. Home improvement projects such as replacing drywall, adding new siding, refinishing an attic or installing a new roof, offer the perfect opportunity for adding or replacing insulation. You want your home to be as comfortable and energy efficient as possible.