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insulation installation

What to Do Before Insulation Installation

Fall officially begins on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. It brings mild temperatures, stunning colors, and the opportunity to participate in seasonal activities to Washington.

The transition between summer and winter also provides an excellent time to complete home maintenance tasks, including making energy-efficient improvements.

Two of the best solutions for improving energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort are air sealing and insulation installation. Insulation should be added to uninsulated attics and spaces where existing levels are insufficient.

Here are some things to do when choosing an insulation installation.

Check R-Values

According to ENERGY STAR, the recommended R-Values – a measure of the material’s ability to resist heat flow, ranges between R38 and R60 for an uninsulated attic. Areas with existing materials should be insulated to R38.

A contractor can achieve these levels through insulation installation to the appropriate depth required by your chosen insulating material. Different materials will have varying insulation requirements for meeting ENERGY STAR’s recommended R-Values.

Seal Air Leaks & Drafts

Air leaks, or drafts, can allow unconditioned air to enter your home. These issues can cause a significant spike in your heating and cooling costs. Consider having an energy audit done to identify and measure air leakage accurately.

The EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by ensuring a well-sealed envelope and adding attic insulation. Insulation can be added to floors, crawl spaces, and basements as well (ENERGY STAR).

Choose Insulating Materials

The most popular insulation materials include fiberglass and cellulose. Fiberglass is available as rolls, batts, and loose-fill. Cellulose is another loose-fill material. Another popular option is spray polyurethane foam.

Whether you choose fiberglass batts or blown-in cellulose, professional insulation installation is the best way to ensure maximum performance, especially since the correct fit is essential for energy efficiency.

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor committed to helping residents and business owners improve their property’s energy efficiency throughout Washington.

Ensuring an energy-efficient home or office is one of the key reasons for hiring an insulation contractor, like Carrig and Dancer, for insulation installation.

Additional services provided by our company included energy audits, sound attenuation, and replacement windows. Please contact us today at (253) 584-7704 or at any other location for more information or schedule an appointment.

Resources:

“Recommended Home Insulation R-Values.” ENERGY STAR.

“Why Seal and Insulate?” ENERGY STAR.