Keeping a Well-Insulated Attic

January 5, 2016

Look up in the air. What do you see? The ceiling, if you’re indoors. And above that? The attic, naturally. If you’re outside – well, it’s the sky. But we’re talking about the attic. And keeping a well-insulated attic is vital to keeping you warm this winter.

Maintaining a well-insulated attic could mean the difference between a drafty house with a high utility bill and a toasty abode with a low utility bill.

Most homeowners may understand the importance of ensuring the walls of their home are properly and thoroughly insulated. But the attic just might be the most neglected – and key – area for insulation.

We at Capitol Machine know first-hand the importance of home insulation – both as a way of keeping homes comfortable and keeping utility costs low.

Let’s venture upstairs to examine the attic and how to get it properly insulated. Here are some tips from Mother Earth News:

  • The area past the top plate at the end of joists is off limits. Don’t lay blanket insulation or put blown-in insulation in that area. Insulation in those areas blocks air flow from vents.
  • Fill space around pipes, ducts and wires entering the attic with unfaced fiberglass or caulk. Fill nail and drill holes with caulk.
  • Make sure recessed light fixtures have a minimum of three inches of clearance to eliminate potential fire hazards. Replacing the recessed fixtures with flush-mounted lighting is the best approach.
  • Foil- or paper-faced insulation should be installed with face down. This prevents moisture from building up in the insulation.
  • Use only loose-fill fiberglass insulation for second layers.
  • Six inches of insulation is the limit. You don’t need to go beyond that if you’re looking to increase insulation levels. Look at caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows to add more protection.
  • Don’t press or compress insulation. Insulation gets its effect through the trapped air within.
  • Examine blanket insulation closely for rips or tears and repair them with tape. And make sure blankets are close enough to each other to eliminate open spaces or leaks.
  • Be careful when installing loose-fill insulation near attic fans. It might be better to use other forms of insulation near those areas.
  • If you have visitors in your attic –the little furry or flying ones – make sure you evict them promptly and repair any insulation damage their nests or habitats may have caused.
  • Mold, mildew, and rusty nails are symptoms of an inadequately ventilated attic. Repair damaged areas, replace matted insulation and clear vents.

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