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Is Your Attic Door Cover Adequate?

 Most of us don’t understand the importance and benefits of an attic door cover. However, it’s an important step if you want to decrease your utility bills. Most attic doors are uninsulated and have gaps around the perimeter of the door. This exposed entryway provides a route for the unconditioned air to escape the attic and can reduce the effectiveness of your existing insulation. Installing or upgrading your attic door cover can improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce the amount you are spending to heat or cool your home. So, what is an attic door cover and how do

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Walk-In Attic Door Insulation

  Good insulation in your attic is imperative to a comfortable home. It can save you money on your energy bill and reduce the load on your HVAC system. Walk-in attic door insulation is an important part of your attic insulation. There are two things you can do to help create an energy efficient attic door, insulate and seal. Insulating One type of walk-in attic door insulation to use is rigid foam insulation board. You will use this on the attic side of the door. The first step is to measure your door. For outward swinging doors, measure the attic

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DIY: Attic Stair Insulation Cover

  A leaky attic stair hatch is one of the biggest offenders of a home’s air loss. Sealing this opening and installing a good insulated cover can help reduce energy bills and increase your savings. There are many different prefabricated covers available for you to purchase, such as an Attic Tent.  However, If you don’t want to spend money on an Attic Tent or have an unusual access, here is a simple DIY attic stair insulation cover that might help. Materials The materials you will need in order to build the attic stair cover include: 2-inch thick foil-covered foam boards

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The Different Attic Insulation Types

According to the Department of Energy, your home should be insulated from top to bottom. Proper insulation can help reduce your household energy costs and the strain on your HVAC. So, let’s take a look at the top of your home and the different attic insulation types. Where to Insulate Before insulating, make sure you seal all air leaks. You can find these in the form of seams and cracks. Air leaks make it difficult for the insulation to do its job. Sealing air leaks and having proper insulation are the first steps to creating your energy efficient home. If

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What Are Vapor Barriers?

  Almost everyone knows that moisture in your home is bad. Controlling and preventing this moisture helps make your home more energy efficient which can reduce your energy bill and create a more comfortable living environment. It can also prevent mold growth. Using vapor barriers in your home is an important part of your moisture control strategy. Water can pass into our homes in three different ways, diffusion through materials, heat transfer, and air movement. Unfortunately, vapor barriers only control water vapor that occurs through diffusion. This is why it is important to seal air leaks in your home as

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Insulation Basics-Understanding How It Works

        Choosing the right insulation materials and methods can greatly increase your ROI (return on investment). In this article, we’re going to cover the basic principles behind insulation. How Does it Work? To understand how insulation works, it’s best to understand how heat transfer works. Heat is transferred through three phenomena: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction occurs when two separate objects of different temperatures come into contact with each other. For example, a spoon becomes warm when it is placed in a hot cup of coffee. Heat gets transferred to your hand when you touch the spoon.

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Attic Tents: Benefits and Installation Tips

  Attic entrances provide quick and easy access to the attic but they come with one major disadvantage. They are not usually insulated and don’t seal tightly. This directly translates into higher utility bills. Attic tents can help. It is just what the name suggests, a tent that covers your attic entrance on the inside of the attic.  A form of insulation for your attic access,  it is made of a synthetic casing that is adhered to micro-fiber urethane and held together with heavy duty zippers. An attic tent can provide access, insulation, and protection from dust particles.  Benefits of

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What Type of Insulation is Best for Your Attic?

Adding insulation to your home can be a great way to save hundreds of dollars a year on your utility bill. However, there are several types of insulation, and many things to take into consideration. Some are more effective than others, some can easily be DIY projects, while others require hiring a professional. What type of insulation is right for you? Let’s take a look at the different types, their costs, effectiveness, and accessibility as a DIY project. Batts and Blankets The most common type of insulation, batts and blankets, are great for DIY projects. They usually come packaged in

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Everything you Need to Know About Attic Insulation

Insulating your attic can significantly reduce your utility bill. Without insulation, you can lose up to 45% of your air conditioner’s energy through the roof during the summer. Imagine what that does to your electric bill! Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is not the only benefit to come out of having good attic insulation. Moisture and condensation can be a nuisance at best and downright unhealthy at worst. When there’s too much moisture and condensation in your home, dampness and mold are soon to follow. Insulation protects from outside noise as well. That’s just a little added bonus.

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