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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.

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Save by Air Sealing and Insulating

Sealing air leaks and insulating your attic are two cost-effective ways to reduce your cooling and heating costs without sacrificing comfort. They can also help create a healthy indoor living environment, which is essential as most people continue to work remotely, causing them to spend more time at home.

Ideally, you’ll want to hire insulation contractors to detect air leaks, rather than blindly caulk and weatherstrip your home. A contractor can perform an energy audit to evaluate your home’s energy consumption, identify the location of leakage, and determine the demand for insulation. He or she will perform a series of tests, such as a blower test, and provide recommendations for improvement in the order of importance.

Air Seal

Air sealing is essential for preventing conditioned air from leaving your house through cracks and openings. The recommended strategies here are to apply caulking around windows and weatherstripping around doors. Caulking may also need to be used around wall and ceiling penetrations, such as pipes, ductwork, and skylights. Foam gaskets can also be installed behind switch and outlet plates. Air sealing should always be integrated with insulation to prevent issues with moisture, reduce heating and cooling costs, and increase your comfort.

Insulate

Having insulation contractors professionally install an insulating material in your home’s attic, walls, floor cavities, or basement rim joists can improve its energy-efficiency. That should be done in new builds and when existing levels of insulation do not meet ENERGY STAR‘s recommendations for R-Values in Washington. The R-value of an insulating material reflects how well it resists heat. There are plenty of materials available, including fiberglass, cellulose, and spray polyurethane foam (SPF). The first two options can either be installed or blown-in. 

Leading Insulation Contractors 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.

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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.