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Small Space Attic Cleaning - San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Small Space Attic Cleaning – San Diego
Attic Debris Cleanup - Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Attic Debris Cleanup – Rancho Santa Fe
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa
Blown Insulation Removal – Napa

Recent Posts

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Blown Insulation Vs Batt Insulation
February 10, 2016 Attic Guys
Blown Insulation vs. Rolled or Batt Insulation

When installing insulation in your home, there are several important decisions to make. These decisions…

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Attic Insulation Measurement
April 5, 2018 Attic Guys
Attic Insulation Tips | Ways to Better Insulate Your Attic | Attic Guys

Attic Insulation Guide: Tips and Information on How to Better Insulate Your Attic   When…

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September 16, 2015 Attic Guys
The Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Most people know, as homeowners, that they should probably insulate their attic, but what are…

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Attic Insulation Tips | Ways to Better Insulate Your Attic | Attic Guys

Attic Insulation Guide: Tips and Information on How to Better Insulate Your Attic

 

Attic Insulation Benefits

When it comes to saving money on heating and cooling, it pays to know how to better insulate your attic. This is important, as improper or inadequate insulation can cause a number of problems in addition to higher climate control costs. These problems include mold and mildew issues, and during the winter months, some attics may experience the formation of ice dams. To avoid these problems, you’ll want to find out as much as possible about insulation and its installation process. At Attic Guys, we can act as your attic insulation guide and aid you in understanding the best ways to improve the insulation in your home’s attic. We can help you prevent costly problems from occurring by offering valuable attic insulation tips.

Determine Your R-Values

There are a variety of ways to insulate your attic, but the first step is to determine what climate zone you live in. This is necessary in order to know the appropriate R-value you will need for your insulation. The R-value is determined by the type of insulation and its ability to resist the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the higher the quality of the insulation. Knowing your climate zone will help you to decide which R-value range is best for your attic.

Check Your Insulation

Once you have determined what R-rating you need from consulting a climate zone and attic insulation guide, you’ll want to have your insulation inspected to see what condition it is in. Insulation can become old and worn out, losing its effectiveness, or in some cases, it may have been improperly installed. If, for example, the attic is properly insulated but the attic feels overly cold in the winter or hot during the summer, there may be old or inadequate insulation. The solution to this would be to add to the current insulation or to remove and replace it. Typically, this will require the professional services of a contractor such as Attic Guys, as we know the various ways to insulate your attic properly. This work will save energy, and in the long run, it will also save money in terms of heating and cooling costs.

Choose the Type of Insulation to Use

Another important tip for how to better insulate your attic is to choose the right type of insulation. In a house’s attic, loose-fill insulation and blanket insulation are two of the common types used. Loose-fill insulation is made of rock wool, fiberglass, or cellulose and is suitable for difficult to reach or irregularly shaped areas. This type of insulation is often referred to as blown-in insulation, as it is typically blown into place with special machinery. Blanket insulation, which comes in the form of rolls or batts, is made of rock wool or fiberglass. This type of installation is meant for standard-sized spaces; however, in some cases, we may install rolls and batts in non-standard spaces by cutting and trimming them to fit. If you need further attic insulation tips, browse our site to learn more, or contact us today regarding our expert insulation removal and new attic insulation services. We’d love to be of service!

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How To Seal Air Ducts In The Attic

file000481356417Ductwork plays an important role in the function and overall efficiency of heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems. Once the air passes through the coolant-filled condenser coils, it’s pumped throughout the house via the ductwork. Typically, ducts to a good job of spreading the cool air (or warm air) throughout the home, but in some cases they may develop thermal leaks where the air can escape.

If one or more air ducts in your attic have a thermal leak, you could end up paying more for your monthly electric bill. When the cool air travels through the ductwork, some of it may escape through cracks, crevices and other openings. In turn, this forces the air conditioner to work overtime to recoup the lost thermal energy. Even if your HVAC system is still able to keep your home comfortably cool, the loss of thermal energy raises your utility costs.

The good news is that homeowners can usually fix thermal thermal leaks in ductwork without the need for a professional contractor or HVAC technician. Assuming your ductwork is located in the attic, refer to the steps below for a quick and easy do-it-yourself solution to thermal leaks.

Steps To Sealing Attic Air Ducts

  1. Locate the source of the thermal leaks by inspecting the ductwork while the air conditioner is running.
  2. Use zip ties to secure any loose ducts to the attic floor.
  3. Apply a generous amount of sealant mastic over the thermal leak.
  4. Make sure the duct is secure in place and wait for it to dry.
  5. Once the mastic has dried, the thermal leak should be eliminated.

Note: sealant mastic is only designed for thermal leaks under 1/4″. If the hole or gap is larger than 1/4″, you must first apply a web-type drywall tape to create a bridge, and then you can apply the mastic sealant. The tape serves as a base for applying the mastic sealant.

Contrary to what some people may believe, duct tape is not the preferred method for sealing thermal leaks in ductwork. Mastic sealant compound is much more effective at sealing leaks and gaps than tape. If you are going to use tape, however, you should use foil tape that’s designed to withstand high heat. This will ensure the tape stays on when the hot air is passing through the home’s central heating.

Are you struggling with loose air ducts? Let us know in the comments section below!

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