Attic Air Sealing: DIY or Call a Contractor?

You might feel, after performing our attic insulation check, that your insulation is inadequate. Before you jump into adding insulation, it’s a good idea to find and seal the air leaks in your attic. This is because you insulation will be much less effective if there are air leaks. An attic air sealing project is a pretty big undertaking. It requires a significant amount of time, effort, and money to do an attic air sealing project properly. Many people are better off contacting a contractor. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to tackle an attic air sealing project yourself or with the help of a contractor.

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Attic Insulation DIY Checkup – Atlas Butler

The weather in Columbus, Ohio is getting steadily chillier. As colder months approach, proper insulation is increasingly important. Perhaps the most vital area for appropriate insulation is in the attic. Having the correct amount of insulation in your attic will ensure the efficiency of your home’s energy use and also save you money on heating bills. This guide will help you perform a self-checkup to determine if you have adequate attic insulation.

First and foremost, be careful when checking your attic insulation. Watch out for nails sticking up and make sure you walk on joists or truss chords. A quick way to check your insulation level in your attic is to compare the height of your insulation to your joists. In Columbus, your insulation should be covering your floor joists. If it is below or level to your joists, you probably need more insulation. Use the table and map from Energy Star to determine your R-value and the ideal amount of insulation based on your region.

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