Is Your Attic Properly Insulated?

With Halloween just two days away, it’s the perfect time to talk about that spooky attic of yours. Except we’re not talking about the strange noises and spiders that may be up there, we’re talking about how you can maintain a cozy home and a fatter wallet by making sure it’s insulated properly.

According to the Department of Energy, it is estimated that a properly insulated attic can shave 10 to 50 percent off your heating bill in cooler climates. So here’s what you need to know to start seeing energy savings right away:

  1. If you’re using your attic to store old furniture, old photos or whatever else you may have up there you need to find a new place right away. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to insulate the attic is to add material to the floor, but it will be very difficult if it’s covered with clutter.

  2. Choose the right type of insulation. Fiberglass, cellulose and mineral wool are three common options each with their own pros and cons.

  3. Since Twin Cities winters can be extremely cold, the Department of Energy recommends a minimum R-value of at least R-49.

  4. Holes, spaces or gaps in the attic or between floors will allow air to escape and can cause energy bills to rise. Be sure to seal leaks around windows, pipes and wires as well as around your chimney and flue.

Need to new heating equipment installed before the winter? Contact the experts at Uptown today to schedule an appointment.

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