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We know upgrading home performance is at the top of many homeowners’ lists and especially strong on their minds this time of year. We also know that it’s sometimes difficult to make big decisions, upgrade equipment like heating and cooling systems, replace windows or appliances, or even make efficiency upgrades like add additional insulation or weatherstripping. These all come with a cost, and those costs can add up quickly.

Fortunately, there are some great incentive programs in the state of Washington and specifically in our local area that can help ease the cost of some of these key home energy and performance upgrades.

While you can see a complete list of current incentives for the State of Washington here, we’ve pulled out one in particular offered by Seattle City Light that covers a wide range of efficiency upgrades for our readers, which we’ve highlighted below:

Seattle City Light - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate ProgramA financial incentive rebate program set up to encourage the purchase and installation of Energy Star appliances and other energy efficiency upgrades. Some sample rebate amounts include:

  • Refrigerator: $50
  • Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling:
  • $30 (Cannot be combined with Refrigerator Rebate)
  • Clothes Washer: $100
  • Heat Pump Water Heater: $500
  • Ductless Heat Pump: $1,200

The incentive program can rebate up to a maximum of $2,000 for weatherization upgrades and up to a total of $4,500 for projects including replacement of windows, installation of heating and cooling systems, and other larger projects.

Seattle City Light also provides rebates for home performance assessments, which can be the best place to start. More information regarding program requirements and incentive amounts are available on the program web site. We’re also always very happy to help find the right rebate program to match your home performance improvement project. Just call us today to get started.

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As we recently mentioned in a blog post series with insulation tips, now is the perfect time to add that extra barrier of efficiency to your home with additional (or new) insulation. One of the most important areas in the home to pay close attention to when it comes to ensuring proper insulation is the basement or crawl space. At Bel Red, we understand the importance of proper basement insulation (among other areas of the home) and are equipped to offer the best service and attention to detail you can get.

Bel Red partners with the best insulation manufacturers and installers to provide our customers with green solutions that save you money and improve your comfort. We use environmentally friendly insulation free of petroleum-based chemicals commonly used in other insulation products. Based on renewable bio-based materials, batt insulation from Bel Red does not contain phenol, formaldehyde, acrylics or artificial colors used to make traditional fiberglass insulation. This insulation combines sand, one of the world’s most abundant and renewable resources, and post-consumer recycled bottle glass to create the next generation of sustainable insulation. We take energy savings seriously at Bel Red and always pay special attention to creating the most eco-friendly solutions to home performance.

We also work directly with local utility companies to make sure you receive all available utility rebates when you make the decision to insulate. We understand that insulating your home can be a large investment and want to work with all of our customers to educate them on all available money saving opportunities.

We have an extremely thorough process when it comes to insulation installation in your basement or crawl space, as these areas certainly need detail and attention paid to help maximize the results. Our process includes the following steps:

  • Cleaning up and removing existing insulation
  • Sealing all air leakages affecting the interior of your home
  • Installing insulation into floor cavity
  • Installing 6 mil black plastic to crawl space floor to block moisture released from the earth
  • Wrapping hot and cold water pipes with insulation

We will also go the extra mile and help coordinate with pest control and exclusion services if we find an issue in your basement.

If your basement is in need of better, healthier insulation, give us a call today. We’d be more than happy to help.

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There are many things on peoples’ “to-do” lists this time of year when it comes to increasing the performance of their homes for the colder months ahead. They want to save money, reduce energy consumption and ensure a comfortable house.

Here at Bel Red, we can make informed, personalized decisions when it comes to proper insulation in your home. For the purposes of this two part blog post series, we’ve given you some insight and tips on where to start when thinking about insulation upgrades or first-time installs. Below, you’ll find the second and final part of this insulation series.

Ensure proper airflow. Improperly installed insulation and complementing accessories can cause poor air flow and moisture problems in the home. In particular, making sure airflow is maximized in high moisture areas such as attics is extremely important. Proper ventilation in your attic can also reduce expensive cooling bills during the warm summer months. It’s important, however, to not ventilate attics with insulation on the underside of the roof, as that can result in a great deal of wasted energy.

Consider external factors. When selecting the type of insulation you’ll be using during your home improvement project, be sure to consider some key factors before making a purchase or selecting a contractor. Some of these factors include your home’s climate, your home’s design or our overall budget. These, among others, can impact your initial decision making process greatly.

Avoid fire hazards. When installing insulation, it’s always important to ensure the insulation is far enough away from lighting fixtures, typically recessed lighting. One exception is insulation with an IC (insulation contact) rating. If you are unsure about any safety issues during insulation installation, be sure to consult a professional.

Insulation can bring a huge amount of value to your home’s overall energy efficiency. This is especially true now, as there are many incentive and rebate programs in our area that can bring a great deal of savings to this type of project and provide short-term and long-term benefits to you and your home. Organizations such as Snohomish County Public Utility District, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Community Power Works are offering big rebates for insulation projects.

Call Bel Red today to find out about current incentive programs and a specialized plan for your home insulation needs.

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There are many things on peoples’ “to-do” lists this time of year when it comes to increasing the performance of their homes for the colder months ahead. They want to save money, reduce energy consumption and ensure a comfortable house.

Here at Bel Red, we can make informed, personalized decisions when it comes to proper insulation in your home. For the purposes of this two part blog post series, we’ve given you some insight and tips on where to start when thinking about insulation upgrades or first-time installs. Below, you’ll find part 1 of the series.

Start with the R-value. The R-value listed on the packaging of insulation is its thermal resistance measurement. This rating could and should have a significant impact on your selection process. Certain insulation with a high R-value, such as spray foam, can allow you to get more insulation with less overall thickness. This can be extremely valuable for external walls or cathedral ceilings, for example.

Insulate all appropriate areas of the home. Knowing where your house loses the most energy is important knowledge to have prior to any insulation home improvement project. Ensuring proper insulation in all appropriate areas of your home can lead to huge energy savings and comfort. Attics, basements, walls, floors and crawlspaces should all have good insulation. A professional home energy assessment is a great way determine your home’s individual needs.

Be prepared to clean up old, existing insulation. While sometimes simply adding more insulation to an area can increase the overall r-value and performance of your home, sometimes removing old insulation is the best place to start. Over time, insulation can break down, rip or become displaced—especially if other work has been done in that area. This can compromise the performance of that area. Starting with a clean slate and having the insulation installed correctly can be extremely beneficial.

Insulation can bring a huge amount of value to your home’s overall energy efficiency. This is especially true now, as there are many incentive and rebate programs in our area that can bring a great deal of savings to this type of project and provide short-term and long-term benefits to you and your home. Organizations such as Snohomish County Public Utility District, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Community Power Works are offering big rebates for insulation projects.

Call Bel Red today to find out about current incentive programs and a specialized plan for your home insulation needs.

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Let’s face it--ductwork is tricky thing when it comes to cleanliness and safety. It’s typically hidden behind walls, in the floors or ceilings or in hard to reach places such as attics or crawl spaces.  However, keeping ducts clean can be one of the most important steps toward a fresh, comfortable and efficient home.

While many offer duct cleaning services, not all of these services are created equally. Here at Bel Red, we understand the importance or clean ducts. That’s why we go above and beyond to make sure our cleaning services will provide the best results guaranteed. Here are a few of the highlights of our duct cleaning difference:

  • We’ll get all the dirt and debris—even the tough stuff. Our patented HEPA-Aire® system uses high powered air pressure and scrubbing brushes* to loosen dirt and debris from inside your ducts, while a high-powered vacuum pulls pollutants into HEPA filtered bags, ensuring these pollutants do not re-enter your home.
  • We get right to the source. We go the extra step to visually inspect exposed ductwork for leaks that may be causing dirt to build up in your duct system. If problems are found, you’ll be provided with options to determine how significant they are and help you resolve them so you don’t face the same problems in the future.
  • We give you fair, straight-forward pricing before we start. No surprises. There are no surprises or hidden fees for our services. Our quoted prices are based on the number of vents or registers in your home, and the location of your comfort system. They include everything necessary to properly clean your duct system. While we offer other similar or complementary services, you’ll never be faced with an aggressively upsell or pitch from our team.

We treat each home we work on like it’s one of our own. From wearing shoe covers while doing the work to sealing every register in the home before starting, we ensure the duct cleaning process is clean all-around.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bel Red duct cleaning services and what sets us apart, contact us today.

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