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.