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Blog Dec 15, 2014

How to Treat One of Your Home’s Most Efficient Areas: The Attic

Energy Saving

Your attic could be the main reason for your home’s energy inefficiency. Read this guide to learn what to do to make it as efficient as possible.

Believe it or not, your attic – yes your attic, is one of your home’s greatest sources of energy inefficiency.

Honestly, how many attic energy efficiency guides do you come across on the internet?

This may be your first, but it’s absolutely indispensable if you’re planning on optimizing your energy efficiency.

Here are some things to consider:

1. Replacing Your Insulation

You should have someone inspect it. If it’s been several years since you’ve blown some new insulation in, you’re probably due for some new insulation.

You can get two kinds:

  • Batt – It’s those large roles you cut and install
  • Blown – Millions of pieces get blown into your rafter bays

2. Think about Installing Some Fans

If your attic is already tightly sealed, install fans to push air out. This works especially well for older houses.

3. Seal Up Any Gaps You Can Find

Here’s a hint: most gaps to your attic come from wiring and pipes. Some come from poor craftsmanship. Others happen because your building’s foundation settles.

A little caulk and some good detective skills does the job. You can use the caulk to fill gaps up to 3/8” in size. Expandable foam, (which you can buy in a can), takes cares of holes any bigger – including several inches wide.

4. Leaky Ducts Running In & Out of Your Attic

Finding these is the real problem. Well, if you have ducts that have fallen apart, that’s not so difficult. But finding the smaller leaks is.

To find air leaking out, just use your hands to feel for drafts. Be careful not to cut yourself on the ductwork. To find air getting sucked in, use a tissue.

5. Use a Radiant (aka Thermal) Barrier

This reflects the sun’s heat back outside during the summer, keeping your home cooler. It also reflects heat back inside during the cooler months.

You can get what looks like a thin sheet with double-sided reflected finish. You can also get a kind that appears the same as bubble wrap.

Well, that’s about it for the attic. There’s less in terms of what you can do. But, some of the steps are fairly complicated. Hope you enjoy some awesome new energy savings!

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