Energy Saving Tips For Insulating The Attic Energy Saving Tips For Insulating The Attic
Learning some basic energy saving tips can be beneficial in saving you money on your energy and heating bills. If your attic has a leak, it is like throwing money out of the window. You will have to heat your home more to over compensate for heat that is finding its way out of your home because of a drafty attic. In today’s economy that is just not acceptable. Finding ways to insulate your attic cannot only lessen your dependency on fuel and energy, it can also save you money in the long run.
Sealing Air Leaks
Sealing drafty air leaks is an important step in insulating your attic. By doing this you can stop heat and air from leaving out of the home through cracks around baseboards, windows and floors.
- Apply a layer of life-long caulking around windows, and weather-strip to the bottom of doors.
- If the attic is not being used as a room, cover the interior windows with plastic to keep air from coming in.
- Spray gaps around your plumbing pipes with a spray foam sealant to close off any openings.
Using Insulation to Seal Walls and Floors
Aside from finding and sealing air leaks, your attic can become drafty because of poor insulation. An insulated attic will retain more heat during winter months and more air during the summer months. It is also a cost efficient way of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature without the need of over using your heating or air conditioner. Two types of insulation are commonly used in residential homes. Blanket and Filler insulation can be purchased at your local hardware store. You can also install it without the need of a professional in most cases.
Blanket insulation is sold in 24-inch rolls and is rated by how much heat will pass through the material. The higher the rating, the better the product. If your attic does not have any insulation, using blanket insulation is the easiest to install and the most recommended. Laying blanket insulation across and in between the wood beams in your attic provides for a better seal. If your attic has an odd shaped design, blanket insulation can be cut to fit any difficult space as well.
If your attic has already been insulated previously with blanket insulation, and it is still very drafty, you may benefit from adding more insulation. Using filler insulation can adequately seal drafty openings or provide more padding to an existing layer of insulation. Filler is sold in large bags and resemble smaller pieces of blanket insulation. It can be poured on top of an existing layer of insulation or blown inside the attic with the use of a blowing machine. If blown inside of the attic, pay special attention not to cover any heating source. Filler should remain at least 3 inches from any heating unit, to allow for adequate ventilation.