Extreme Home Makeover: Insulation Edition

Do you feel a draft when you are sitting in your living room? Do you want to reduce your energy bill? Or maybe you just want to update your heating and cooling system to be more energy efficient? Changing the insulation in your current home or an older home that you recently purchased does not have to be an invasive task. In spaces such as attics or over the garage, adding more insulation can save energy which will decrease utility bills. There are so many types of insulation, how do I choose? The factors to consider when choosing insulation can be very confusing. There are a few main things to ask yourself to narrow down the decision. First, where are you putting the insulation? Retrofitting an attic is different than adding insulation to side walls. Also, the possibility that the area could come in contact with moisture is very important. If there is a high possibility that the insulation could get wet than closed-cell foam would be the most effective. Other important factors could include sustainability or environmental impact and the safety of the materials. There are many types of insulation that are green and made from recycled materials. This can also influence the safety; some contain toxic chemicals while others are free from chemicals, dyes, and are more resistant to flame. Options include: Batts and Blankets Loose fills Spray Foam Reflective Insulation and Radiant Barriers Rigid Panel Insulation What is an R-value? If you are looking into insulation you probably keep seeing “R-values.” This

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Third Year’s a Charm

ecoInsulate Northwest is entering their third year of business and is poised to “make a difference” in the South Sound. Founded in 2010 by Tacoma natives and Stadium High School graduates, Kris Barnes and Brett Johnson, Ecoinsulate Northwest is rising quickly on the South Sound’s radar as the premier company to deliver a high efficiency home or office insulation (new or existing) on a reasonable budget. ecoinsulate Northwest is based in Tacoma and located on E. 72nd Street. Barnes and Johnson have called on their 25 years of combined field experience in commercial and residential construction to assemble much more than your typical insulation company. With employees boasting skills from nearly every trade, ecoinsulate Northwest is able to tackle insulation projects with ease that other companies in their field might not be able to accomplish. Through a combination of eco-friendly, high performance insulation products its not uncommon for one of their projects to lower the heating cost of a building by as much as 40%. The company uses quality control measures such as infrared imaging at the time of installation and blower door testing to ensure top-notch results on every project. Barnes and Johnson continually raise the bar for their entire staff, whether it be innovating new tools and techniques or incorporating new technology for their projects; thermal infrared cameras, android apps for time keeping, and project information sharing to name just a few. This gives them the edge to save businesses and homeowners on the cost of heating their homes and offices. Through continual

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