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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.

Why You Should Invest in an Energy Audit

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Every property, whether residential or commercial, can benefit from an energy audit. Even new construction can exhibit energy inefficiencies. An assessment seeks to uncover hidden problems that may be impacting your comfort, health, and wallet. It is one of the most cost-effective measures for not only ensuring your home is energy efficient but also reducing your environmental impact.

What’s an Energy Audit?

An energy audit includes an in-depth, room-by-room examination of the home’s interior, along with a comprehensive exterior evaluation. The best practice for identifying energy inefficiencies is to hire a professional energy auditor to complete the assessment. Professionals may employ specialized equipment such as blower doors, infrared cameras, and low-emissivity window checkers to accurately detect areas of energy loss. They will also inspect HVAC systems and evaluate appliances to determine current usage practices.

The length of a comprehensive assessment, like this, depends on your home’s square footage and appliances. However, most single-family homes take about one to four hours, on average. Once the audit is complete, the auditor will then provide you with a prioritized list of energy-saving home improvements. Ultimately, this service discovers the most effective ways for you to reduce your energy consumption, which in turn reduces your carbon footprint as well as saves you money.

Do You Need an Energy Assessment?

Here are a few signs that your home needs an energy audit:

  • Drafty rooms
  • Excessive dust
  • Condensation on the walls or windows
  • A HVAC system that continuously runs
  • Your monthly energy bills are higher than your neighbors

The Benefits of Getting a Professional Audit

An examination of your home’s energy efficiency is cost-effective. It offers substantial benefits after energy-saving improvements are made to your home. Typical improvements include air sealing, adding insulation, replacing aging appliances or equipment, and using LED light bulbs. The advantages of this project are:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Increased comfort levels
  • Improved health and safety
  • Protection for the environment

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.

Insulation Installation: Why Pro is Best!

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You already know that insulation is a great way to keep more money in your pockets each month. You may even know that it increases home comfort and HVAC durability. But did you know insulation can be ineffective if it not properly installed? A common misconception among do-it-yourself friendly homeowners is that insulation installation is as easy as installing a kitchen faucet. The best course of action is always going to be professional insulation installation. Learn why here.

Four Reasons to Hire A Pro

Safety Focused

Safety is a top concern for licensed contractors. Not only will a professional do the job right, the first time, they will also go to great lengths to prevent problems. For example, a pro will ensure sprayed foam is cured correctly, thus preventing exhaust. Some types of insulation, spray foam included, also require specialized equipment that only a professional in the insulation industry possesses. All insulation installers will also wear personal protective equipment and take steps to prevent insulation from being transferred to other areas of your home.

Meets all Building Codes

According to the Washington State Energy Code, Residential Provisions, code R303.2: “All materials, systems and equipment shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation and the International Building Code or International Residential Code, as applicable.” For example, most manufacturers of blown-in or blown-in materials (i.e., cellulose, fiberglass and mineral (rock or slag wool)) and sprayed foam necessitate professional insulation installation, because of the more complicated nature of these insulation types.

Ensures Appropriate R-Values

Insulation materials regulate the temperature in your home by resisting the flow of heat. The material’s effectiveness is determined by its R-value. As mentioned in a previous post, for Washington (Zone 4), R38 to R60 must be installed in the attic. Hiring a professional insulation contractor to install insulation will ensure that it performs to the standard you expect. You’ll also avoid having to determine how much insulation is needed to obtain the recommended R-values for your area as values often vary according to insulation type, thickness, and density.

Professional Insulation Installation

The performance of insulation is largely dependent on proper installation. Carrig and Dancer has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacement windows. Contact us today at (253) 584-7704 to learn more about our services.