Cold winds are here as winter settles in, but is your attic insulation up to the challenge?
Now is a good time to double-check your rafters and attic space to ensure they are properly insulated against energy leakage.
In 9 out of 10 American homes, under-insulated attics are wasting money by increasing utility bills. By adding insulation or sealing air leaks, you can save up to 10 percent on your home’s annual energy bills – and keep your family more comfortable.
Here’s how to “rule your attic” this year:
In addition to energy savings, other benefits of sealing and insulating your home include: reduced noise from outside; less pollen, dust and pests entering the home; better humidity control.
More than any other time of year, you notice air leaks in your home in winter. You may feel these drafts around windows and doors, leading you to think these leaks are a major source of wasted energy. But in most homes, the most significant air leaks are hidden in the attic or basement.
In cold weather, warm air rises in your house. If it goes up into your attic, it is wasted energy, and will suck cold air in all around your home’s windows and doors.
Even if you have adequate attic insulation, sealing attic air leaks will enhance its performance and make your home more comfortable.
Common sources of air leaks:
If you choose to seal air leaks yourself, it’s important to keep a few key things in mind.
First, have a plan in place by gathering all your tools and supplies before you go into the attic to minimize trips in and out of the space. Be sure the areas is well-lit, as well.
You should also prepare to get dirty. The process of sealing your attic will be easier if you take the time to wear the right gear, including knee pads, disposable coveralls, gloves and a hat. This clothing will keep itchy insulation off your skin.
Finally, and above all, be safe. The attic can be a dangerous working environment. Remember to watch your step. Walk on joists or truss chords, not exposed ceiling drywall or insulation. Also be on the look out for sharp nails sticking through the roof deck.
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