Attic spaces often fall prey to the “out of sight, out of mind” thinking that puts them low on the priority list for home improvements. What you may not realize is that there’s a strong link between your home’s attic and energy efficiency for the entire house. By making a few relatively minor changes to the attic, you could significantly lower your monthly energy bill and improve overall indoor air quality.
Insulate for Temperature Control
Whether it’s the chill of winter or the brutal heat of summer, insulation keeps the outside temperatures from coming in. Inadequate insulation allows heat to collect in the attic during the winter, potentially creating ice dams on the roof and wasting indoor heat. Attics should have a thick layer of insulation, which may include loose fill, fiberglass bats or spray foam. A professional insulation contractor can help you decide the best R-value for your attic based on your home’s location and needs.
Air Seal for a Complete Barrier
Air leaks not only allow conditioned air straight out of the house, but they can also permit dust and other allergens to filter down through the attic into your living spaces. Caulk any visible cracks, particularly around window and vent frames, or behind soiled insulation. This often gets dirty because of the steady stream of dust coming through the cracks. Consider getting a home energy audit to assess problematic leaks or other weaknesses throughout the house.
Keep Healthy With Ventilation
Toxins of all types can collect in the attic from the house below. Collected moisture makes a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Proper ventilation fixes both of these problems, allowing a consistent supply of fresh air into the attic. Ventilation keeps the air clean, stabilizes temperatures and clears out excess moisture. Make sure all vents are unobstructed and that nothing sits in the way of proper airflow.
For more expert advice on improving the health of your home’s attic and energy efficiency, contact Winkelman Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer HVAC services to Dalhart, Stratford, Dumas and the surrounding areas.
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