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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.

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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Trades Industry Searching for Employees

With the next Silicon Valley developing 800 miles north in Washington state and tech  giants like Google and Facebook growing new roots,  our construction industry is booming. Also, as the demand for housing and office space increases, so does the need for employees willing and ready to work.

Are You the Right Employee?

Carrig and Dancer Insulation is always looking for hard-working, dedicated professionals to fill the following positions: laborer, inside sales, insulation installer, operations manager, production manager, warehouse employee, and several others.

For our entry-level positions, there is no experience required. However, you must have the ability to install various insulation materials for six to eight hours each day, as well as be able lift heavy materials (30 to 50 pounds). You will also need to be able to withstand exposure to dust and seasonal weather conditions.

If you are the ideal candidate, you will be self-motivated, a team player, energetic, and detail-oriented. Note: you will need to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check. With all our positions, you must be at least 18 years of age and be authorized to work in the United States as well.

Why Carrig & Dancer?

Highly skilled and deeply experienced in all phases of residential and commercial insulation applications, the company’s unsurpassed reputation has earned it an extensive customer list. This list includes our service areas largest general contractors.

Our operations include a fully outfitted and staffed equipment maintenance facility, covered warehouses at all locations. Carrig & Dancer also offers the highest quality, name brand materials, and a large fleet of specialized vehicles to expedite each project.

Apply for a Position with Carrig & Dancer Today

Think you’re up to the job? Then apply for one of Carrig & Dancer’s career opportunities today. You can also email job inquiries to corp.hr@bankerinsulation.com. If we are not looking for someone to fill a position at that time, we keep all applications on file to refer to when we are in the process of hiring.

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, like comprehensive energy assessments, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Last Minute Holiday Gifts: Energy-Efficient Edition

 

‘Tis the season for friends, family, and giving. If you still need last minute gift ideas, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular energy-efficient products. Watch out – you may even find yourself adding them to your own holiday wish list.

Instant Pot

$100

These pots – great for preparing any number of sides and entrees – use up to 70% less energy than conventional cooking methods. With pressure cooking, heat is very evenly and quickly distributed, so dinner is ready in a fraction of the time it takes other cooking methods (i.e., boiling, steaming, baking, and slow cooking). This makes cooking convenient.

Smart Speakers

Price Varies

There are a lot of options for smart speakers out there, but two devices reign supreme: Google Home and Amazon’s Echo. They both let users control their music, podcasts, and a wide assortment of smart home products. They are also both available in full and mini sizes. Which one is best? Ultimately, it’s a matter of preference.

Indoor Air Quality Monitors

$150

Know someone with allergies? Give them the gift of an air quality monitor, which allows them to accurately measure up to six main air quality indicators, including TVOC, CO2, PM2.5, PM10, temperature, and humidity. Users can visualize their indoor air quality with a compatible app. Smart home integration means that it works with select smart speakers. Its portable design allows users to set it anywhere they’d like.

Smart Thermostats

$250

Heating and cooling accounts for half the energy bill in most homes – more than appliances or electronics. Smart thermostats, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, work with smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon’s Echo to provide demonstrated energy savings and environmental benefits. Nest learns your schedule and preferred temperatures, programming itself for automatic comfort in about a week.

LED Smart Bulbs

Price Varies

With smart light bulbs, you no longer need to remember to turn off the lights or come home to a dark house. Smart light bulbs are available in different shades of white, from warm to cool white, and color changing LEDs. Most are compatible with select smart speakers to allow you to control your lights with your voice. Pair with other smart devices for total home automation and energy efficiency.

How to Make Scary Tombstones

scary tombstones

Craft four nice size, eerily realistic looking tombstones from insulation foam board / Styrofoam in under four hours using the following step-by-step instructions; just in time for Halloween (13 days away). Add fresh dirt, a shovel, and plastic skull at the base of your tombstones for that extra chill factor.

Materials Needed to Make Scary Tombstones

  • insulation foam board / Styrofoam
  • permanent marker
  • serrated knife
  • monster mud
  • carbon paper
  • latex gloves

Step 1: Outline Tombstones

With one large sheet of insulation foam board / Styrofoam – measuring 2” x 2” x 8’ – you should be able to make four nice size tombstones. The sheets can be found at most any local home improvement store. Use a permanent marker to sketch an outline for your tombstones. Tip: Keep shapes simple so they’re easier to cut out.

Step 2: Cut Styrofoam to Size

Cut foam along sketched outline with a serrated knife. We recommend doing this outdoors since this step can get quite messy. Keep blade perpendicular to foam and use caution while cutting.

Step 3: Write the Epitaph

Use carbon paper to draw out your design and write the epitaph. Lay the carbon paper over the cut-out tombstone and trace over the paper to transfer the patter / epitaph onto the foam. You may want to go back over the transfer marks with a permanent marker, if they are not dark enough.

Step 4: Create an Aged Look

Working in a well-ventilated area, use a soldering iron to go back over the transfer marks, melting them into the Styrofoam. To create an “aged” look, break off tiny pieces around the edges of the store, or carve out small cracks using an X-acto knife.

Step 5: Apply Monster Mud

Using homemade “monster mud,” apply a thin amount to the tombstone, spreading with your latex gloved hands or a paintbrush. You may find it helpful to use both, ensuring the mud gets into the smallest crevices. You can also spray paint using charcoal gray or black. Get the instructions for Monster Mud.

Step 6: Set the Scene

Secure your handcrafted tombstones to the ground using wire hangers, plant wire or wooden stakes. Simply cut out enough wire and stretch along the length of the stone to set the graveyard scene up in your yard.

Happy Halloween!

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

fall home maintenance

With the arrival of chillier days, football watching and pumpkin everything, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for the winter months ahead. Check these easy to do tasks off your fall home maintenance checklist starting today.

Interior Fall Home Maintenance:

Conduct an energy audit. Through visual inspection and thermal imaging, a certified auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency. They will also provide you a list of recommended improvements you can make, such as upgrading to ENERGY STAR appliances, adding insulation to the attic or sealing air leaks.

Seal air leaks. While it’s well-known that homes require adequate levels of insulation to mitigate heat loss through your home’s walls, ceilings and floors, the concept of air sealing is often less understood. Air leaks can be found around windows, doors, attics, lighting fixtures, outlet, and vents. Some measures you can do include:

  • Caulking around windows and doors
  • Installing foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates
  • Installing weatherstripping around windows and doors (include the garage door)
  • Replacing door bottoms (thresholds) with those that feature pliable gaskets

Declutter closets and garage. Free your closets and/or garage of things you rarely use or items that have lost their novelty once and for all this fall. When it comes to decluttering these spaces, it’s important to have a game plan in mind, and to set up organizational systems that are sure to eliminate clutter.

Start by sorting all contents of these spaces into three piles; toss, donate/sell, and keep. It’s a great idea to increase shelving and use bins in the closets. In the garage, install wall and overhead storage. Items infrequently used, such as holiday decorations and camping gear, should be stored further away than those you use more often.

Install a programmable thermostat. Save on home heating and cooling expenses with a programmable thermostat. For as low as $40, programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. You can do the same on the weekends. That way your air conditioner or furnace isn’t running all day, costing you money when the house is unoccupied.

Replace furnace filters. This easy task allows your HVAC system to operate more efficiently, ensuring better heat distribution. Use high-efficiency filters labeled with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating of 11 or 12. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time.

Schedule heating system maintenance. Making sure your furnace is cleaned, maintained, and in working order before you need to turn on the heat will save you money on energy and prolong system life. Annual servicing of your heating system is affordable – typically less than $100.

Exterior Fall Home Maintenance:

De-gunk your gutters. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool, causing damage to your roof, siding or foundation. You can hire a professional for this project or do it yourself. Either way, make sure the gutters are not sagging, and that all brackets are tightened.

Trim tree branches. Fall is a good time to trim tree branches, when dormancy has set in. It’s a good idea to trim branches back 8-10 feet away from your home, so they don’t damage your roofing or siding in windy conditions, cause moisture problems or make it easy for rodents to sneak into your house and raid your pantry. Always use clean landscaping trimmers to prevent the spread of disease.

Stock up on winter supplies. If you live in an area of the state that experiences blistering cold, snowy winters, it’s a good idea to stock up on some essentials in the fall. Some things you can include:

  • Pack emergency kits for both your home and car
  • If needed, pick up a bag, or two of pet and plant safe ice melt
  • Check the condition of snow shovels, ice scrapers, and sleds; replace as needed

Job Openings at Carrig & Dancer

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Are looking to begin or advance your career in the insulation industry?

Carrig & Dancer is looking for workers who are passionate about what they do and looking to join a new building insulation family! We have several part-time and full-time job openings at our Washington branch that we are looking to fill immediately.

Available Job Openings

Carrig & Dancer is currently looking to fill the following positions:

  • Insulation Installers
  • Warehouse Employees

*Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test and background check

Apply Today

If you feel you are a good fit for any of these positions, you may apply online. If we are not currently looking to fill your desire position, we do keep all applications on file to refer to when we are in the process of hiring. You can also contact us at 253-584-7704.

About Carrig & Dancer

Established in 1982, Carrig & Dancer is one of largest, independently owned insulation contractors. With a strong, well-known and respected presence, we specialize in the installation of premium insulation for both residential and commercial buildings.

6 Energy Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

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Air conditioning may ensure your comfort during the summer but running it non-stop during a heat wave will have you cringing when your utility bill arrives in the mail. The good news is that there are several ways you can beat the heat this summer without increasing your energy bills.

Here are some energy efficient ways to beat the heat that’ll pay off immediately.

Use your ceiling fans wisely. During the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down, creating a wind chill effect. This allows you to set the thermostat at a higher temperature without sacrificing comfort. Portable fans produce the same effect. Turn them off when you leave the room.

Draw the curtains. During the day, room temperatures can rise by as much as 20 degrees, especially in areas with windows that get direct sunlight. Keep your curtains closed during the summer. Blackout curtains are often the most effective at reducing heat gain.

Switch out your light bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot more heat than you might think. They are also considered the least energy efficient. LEDs (light emitting diodes) use only 20-25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional light bulbs they replace. Choose bulbs that are ENERGY STAR certified.

Clean or change you’re A/C filters once a month. Your air conditioner consumes 5-10% more energy if the filter is clogged or dirty. You should change or clean the filter out on your A/C unit once a month.

Avoid using your stove or oven during the day. One of the last things you want to do on a hot day is generate more heat. Wait until sundown to use your stove or oven. Use smaller appliances, such as hot plates, crockpots, pressure cookers, and microwaves during the day. Small appliances have the added benefit of being energy efficient.

Install new insulation. Properly installed, insulation can help keep your home an average of 20 degrees cooler or warmer year-round. It will also reduce your energy bills. Look for insulation with a high R-value (the insulation’s ability to reduce heat transfer). You can choose between fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam insulation for this project.