Have you checked your attic lately? Or maybe you finally began putting those Christmas decorations away in the attic? If not, pull down that hatch and give it a peak.
We advise each homeowner to inspect their attics at least twice a year (Winter & Summer) and not because you’re searching for old family photo’s, but because attic inspections can save you a lot of money. Not only will you save money, but it you’ll also gain a more thorough understanding of your home.
The top five things to look for:
- That creepy, dark space is not for STORAGE!
- An inhabitable attic or garret is first and foremost for air flow.
- If you have stuff in the attic, do you need it?
2. The recommended insulation R-VALUE for an Attic is R-49 to R-60.
- This R-Value is the recommended northern Illinois & Indiana.
- R- 49 is approximately 16.5 inches of insulation!
- The average homeowner loses at least 10% of their energy through the attic.
3. Does your roof even have ventilation?
- Do you see any natural lighting inside your attic (soffit holes or roof vents?) because many times a home lack’s proper ventilation if any.
- Why? This is how your attic releases it’s steam after seeing all your old boxes.
4. Do you have mold and mildew located in your roof?
- The photo will show you an example
- Depending on your ventilation, and humidity a power vent may be necessary to remove excess condensation from your attic.
- Many remedies can remediate such scenario (Please contact a profession or Team Total 😉 for proper consultation)
5. Does your attic hatch or door have insulation?
- This goes back to #2.
- You can fix this in less than an hour and spend no more than $40,
- Go to your local department store and purchase insulation board and adhere it to the top of your attic door!
We hope these tips can help you improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you have questions please let us know and shoot us a message. Our experienced staff has seen it all when it comes to attic insulation and is well prepared for just about any situation. Thanks again!