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 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.
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.
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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.