Why Your Attic is the 1st Step in Improving Home Performance
“A” is for Attic in the “ABC” Approach to an Efficient Home
Too little insulation and too many air leaks are common problems in many attics. As a result, an astonishing amount of heat is lost through the attic during the wintertime throughout the U.S. In summer, attic temperatures climb and when the attic is in the 140-degree range, some rooms will also remain hot, even when air conditioning is keeping the rest of the house comfortably cool.
Instead of blaming the HVAC system for comfort problems and high utility bills, it’s important to address any attic deficiencies that make your HVAC system work too hard. Fortunately, the attic is accessible and insulating and air sealing the attic is an affordable home improvement measure. Making the attic your first home-performance priority can cut your heating and cooling expenses nearly in half – without the major expense of HVAC system replacement.
Blog Posts About Attics
Ice dams on the roof: a problem you can prevent.
Homeowners have good reasons to be afraid of ice dams. These thick accumulations of ice along the eaves of a roof can damage gutters and roof shingles, while also causing water to leak into the house. The good news is that this distressing damage is avoidable. Check out our slide show to learn how ice dams […]
Winterizing Your Home
Scared about cold drafts and high heating bills? Here’s what to do about it. Cold drafts. Chilly floors. High heating bills. We all have the same worries as winter approaches. But advice on how to avoid these discomforts varies greatly. Depending on who you’re talking to, you might be led to believe that you need […]
Craftsmanship in the Attic
What’s so difficult about an attic insulation upgrade? Plenty. For just about any kind of job you might imagine, there are distinct differences between doing the work and doing the work REALLY WELL. This rule applies across every profession, from cleaning houses to managing stock portfolios. It’s worth mentioning in the field of home energy […]
What You Need to Know About Vapor Barriers
Controlling moisture has challenged builders for thousands of years. Too much of it inside a structure can lead to rot, mold, insect infestations. Consequently, roofs and siding, weather-tight windows and doors, and waterproofed basements were developed. It’s one thing, however, to keep water out but an entirely different thing to keep water vapor out. Water […]
Upgrading Cathedral Ceiling Insulation
To solve a common comfort & energy problem, it just takes equal measures of innovation and determination. The extremely cold weather that’s been buffeting most of the country has many homeowners thinking about insulation. More specifically, attention is focused on attic insulation, which plays such a major role in home energy performance. For contractors who […]