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3 Reasons to Replace Insulation

Insulation, when integrated with air sealing, can reduce your annual energy bills by up to ten percent, according to ENERGY STAR, while improving your comfort. The performance of insulation, however, depends on the material used as well as its condition. That is why it is advisable to replace insulation in situations where the existing materials are underperforming, water damaged, or infested with pests.

Why Replace Insulation?

Improved Energy Efficiency

Several factors can drive up your heating and cooling costs. High utility bills are an excellent reason to get a professional home energy audit done, which can provide you with a clear picture of how much power your home is demanding. An energy audit can identify underperforming insulation, air leaks, and other sources of energy loss.

In Washington, the recommended level of insulation ranges between R38 and R60 in uninsulated attics, and between R25 and R30 in floors. Adding insulation to basement rim joists is also beneficial. Ideally, you’ll want to consider replacing the insulation in your home if its levels are below this, and you want a better performing material.

Water Damaged Insulation

Water damage is one of the most important reasons to replace insulation. A moist environment may allow mold to grow, potentially impacting your health, as well as the health of your family. Damp insulation can also cause unpleasant odors. It is essential to locate and treat the source of the water damage before installing new insulation to prevent a repeat. Contact a professional insulation contractor for assistance.

Signs of a Pest Infestation

Pests, from insects to mice, can make nests in your home’s insulation. They are especially good at getting into attics and crawlspaces. If you find an infestation, or there are signs of one, it’s a good idea to contact an insulation contractor to come to inspect the material. They can provide you with their expert recommendations on replacement options and give you an accurate estimate.

Leading Insulation Contractor since 1982

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor who has is committed to helping residents and business owners throughout Washington improve their structure’s energy efficiency. Ensuring an energy-efficient home or office is one of the key reasons to replace insulation. Additional services offered include energy audits, sound attenuation, and replacement windows. Schedule an appointment today at (253) 584-7704 or any one of these other locations.

Carrig & Dancer is Here for You!

Carrig & Dancer remains open during this difficult time. We hope our customers are in good health and remaining positive. This too shall pass! Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Additional services offered include sound attenuation and replacement windows. For more information about these and other services designed to improve the energy efficiency of your home or office, please contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.

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The Benefits of Seamless Gutters in Washington

The annual precipitation for Lakewood, Washington, is about 40 inches. The rain allows the Pacific Northwest’s wildflowers to bloom, adds water to area streams and rivers, and humidifies the air. There is one disadvantage, however: the potential for structural damage that can occur if water penetrates a roof or foundation. Gutters work to prevent this by redirecting water through troughs, so it flows away from your home.

It is essential to clean and maintain the gutters regularly – preferably as part of a seasonal maintenance schedule – to ensure that the water is redirected away from your home. Doing this can prevent leaves, granules, and other debris from building up and trapping water. Over time, these clogs can cause the trapped water to overflow, possibly causing extensive damage to your home and landscaping.

The Benefits of Seamless Gutters

While you can clean the gutters yourself, it’s often better and safer to have them cleaned professionally twice per year, or more often if there are a lot of trees bordering your property. You can reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning by investing in seamless gutters. These systems are custom designed for your specific project size.

Also, because there are no seams, the potential for leaks and clogs is minimized. You can further minimize the need to get the gunk out by integrating seamless gutters with gutter guards. Gutter guards are designed to catch water and little else. The channels should still be inspected regularly for rust, damage, and loose bolts.

Equally, these systems can be formed using various materials, with aluminum and steel among the most popular and durable choices. They can also be painted to match the color of your home’s exterior. A protective coating that resists UV damage and prevents rust can be applied to the design, allowing for long-lasting curb appeal, as well.

Leading Insulation Contractor since 1982

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Additional services offered include sound attenuation and replacement windows. For more information about these and other services designed to improve the energy efficiency of your home or office, please contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.

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Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

While the spring equinox isn’t until Thursday, March 19, Washington’s wildflowers are already bursting to life. The state’s longer days and rising temperatures make spring the ideal time to inspect your home’s essential systems to ensure optimal performance. It’s also a good idea to consider insulation services. After you’ve checked these maintenance suggestions off your to-do list, you’ll have more time to celebrate the arrival of spring, perhaps by attending one of these events or hiking in the Washington Cascades.

Suggestions for Exterior Maintenance

Inspect Your Roof

The roof cannot defend your home from the elements if damages or leaks are present. Prevent the potential for significant issues by regularly inspecting the roof for missing or curled shingles, excessive granule loss, and signs of storm damage. You can do this safely from the ground using a pair of binoculars.

Clean Your Gutters

Lakewood receives about 40 inches of rain each year. That water is directed away from your roof and foundation through a system of channels. Clogged gutters can block this flow of water and, over time, cause substantial damage. The best prevention method is to clean the gutters once in the fall and again in the spring.

Suggestions for Interior Maintenance

Insulation Services

Insulation services are a cost-effective way to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home. There are plenty of options for adding or replacing attic insulation. Whether you choose blanket or blown-in insulation, the key is to meet Energy Star’s R-value recommendations, which range from R38 to R60 in Washington.

Replace Seals Around Windows and Doors

Weatherstripping may have cracked as a result of the area’s cold weather. Spring is an ideal time to inspect these materials and, if needed, replace them. That will prevent air from being lost through any gaps around the windows and doors of your home. You can find everything you need at most any local home improvement or hardware store.

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, sound attenuation and replacement windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, please contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.

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Soundproofing for Office Productivity

Concentration is a significant factor in the productivity of a business environment, and one of the most significant issues that break that concentration is sound, so it may be time to investigate a sound control service. There are all kinds of ways to reduce noise distraction: headphones, soundproofing tiles, but the best option is insulation because it can also help energy efficiency. 

Minimizing the Distractions

There are two forms of sound production: impact and airborne sound. The sound produced when people are walking around or moving things is referred to as impact sound. Anyone that works in a building with multiple floors knows this can get distracting. Airborne noises come from things like traffic outside, people speaking, and even music that’s being played. 

When insulation is installed in walls, floors, and ceilings, it becomes a sound barrier, thus reducing noise distraction from either of these types of audio production. The insulation absorbs sound vibrations from the source, keeping it from being released into the area next door. 

When you speak to an insulation professional, they will most likely tell you that cellulose, fiberglass, and foam insulation are your best options to reduce noise. They can also advise you on which is the best for your specific building and how best to combat the sound type that is causing the most issues. 

Additional Options

Other options that you have for a sound control service are upgrades like new windows, additional weatherstripping, sound-absorbing curtains, and duct wrapping. If your building still has single-pane windows, it’s time to upgrade them. Not only do single-paned windows let in a lot more sound, but they are also increasing your heating and cooling costs. 

Double-paned windows will improve your energy efficiency and your noise reduction without the price of triple-paned ones. If you’ve already got double-paned windows, it may be time to apply new weatherstripping around windows and doors. Fill in any small cracks or gaps with acoustical sealant and replace any hollow doors with solid ones to help reduce noise. 

Sound-absorbing curtains are another option for you to include because not only do they reduce sound, they can keep the sun out of rooms, which reduces how hot they get during the summer. You’ll want to look for curtains that are in a heavy, tightly woven material like velvet, wool, or blackout curtains. 

A lot of people don’t realize that your plumbing also contributes to noise disruptions. Running water is unavoidable, but you can reduce how much noise plumbing produces by insulating it. This logic also applies to air ducts. 

Call us for Sound Control Services

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations

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Be an Energy Efficient Gift-Giver

Now is the time of the year your electricity bills start going up, so besides residential insulation, how can you be more energy efficient? How can you help your friends and family be energy efficient as well? With the gift-giving season approaching, energy-efficient products make for cool presents and can improve your electricity bill.

Cool Classics

Carrig and Dancer has published a holiday gift list idea before, so let’s review those before diving into new ideas! If you or a loved one are big cookers but don’t have a lot of time to do so, an Instant Pot is a perfect gift. An Instant Pot is an energy-efficient pressure cooker that spreads heat evenly and quickly. 

For those music lovers and answer seekers, smart speakers make for great gifts, as well. There’s a variety of options in a range of prices and sizes, depending on what you desire. The Google Home and Echo Dot, for example, allow you to control your music, podcasts, and even smart home products. 

Anyone that suffers from allergies, asthma, or any other immune disorders will appreciate an air quality monitor. These monitors measure Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Carbon Monoxide (CO2), temperature, humidity, and a few other things. They can also be paired up to smart speakers so that you can continuously monitor your home’s air quality. 

Your techy family members will appreciate a smart thermostat, especially if they live in a cold climate like Washington. Smart thermostats like the Nest Learning Thermostat allow you to monitor the heating and cooling of your home, which can help reduce your electricity bill. The Nest learns your schedule and preferred temperatures to maximize automatic comfort and energy efficiency. 

Cozy Blankets

Washington is notorious for cold winters, which means you’re cranking up that heat to make your home feel more comfortable. Blankets are a great gift to avoid this problem. A cute microfleece blanket is an inexpensive gift you can buy that will help your utility bills. Turn down that thermostat and bundle up in a comfy blanket!

Do-It-Yourselfer Necessities

That DIYer in your life will love some new power tools, and you can help save the environment by purchasing energy-efficient power tools. You’ve got an overwhelming list of choices when it comes to tools, so make it a bit easier on yourself by looking for Energy-Star labels. You can expect to save about 30 percent more energy!

Special Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are a staple for families with kids, especially ones with younger children. A unique idea is an LED animal night light to make them feel more comfortable in bed at night. For your older kids that want unusual lighting, you can find LED phrase lamps or even strings of holiday lights to go around pictures. 

Those family members that travel a lot will also appreciate an LED USB lamp because you can plug them into your laptop to give yourself a little light. You also have the added benefit of not bugging other passengers with the overhead light. 

For those always on the go, a portable battery or fuel cell for their phone is the perfect gift. Phones hold a good chunk of your life, and the worst thing would be for it to die when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. They’re convenient, and better for the environment because you’re not idling your car to charge your phone. 

Call us for Residential Insulation

Whether you’re moving into a new home or want to improve your home comfort, residential insulation is an excellent option for you this holiday season.

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows.

For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations