In most homes the majority of heat loss (up to 40%) is through the ceiling. This is why the greatest opportunity for improvements to comfort and energy efficiency can be found in the attic.
Attic Air Sealing & Insulation
Building science emphasizes that air sealing and insulating attics is the most effective way to make significant improvement toward a cozier more affordable home. We get a lot of calls from customers looking to improve their attic insulation, but this is usually not the sole issue. Air leakage is usually the biggest problem when it comes to discomfort and inefficiency, and just adding more insulation without completing air sealing is a waste. Our thorough attic inspections will look for all the possibilities for air sealing as well as examining your insulation for improvement to determine what is best for your home.
Other Attic Issues
Besides insulation and air sealing, there are many other problems that our home specialists look for in attic spaces like:
- poorly functioning HVAC equipment,
- leaky ductwork,
- poorly insulated ductwork,
- roof leaks,
- pest infestation, and many more.
If you are concerned about the condition of your attic or you are having difficulty keeping your house comfortable our home energy experts can take a look a determine the next best steps for your home.
Can an older home be cozy in the winter and comfortable in the summer? Can an older home be Energy Star rated? From our experiences my neighbor Kathy and I say “yes!” The home must be well insulated and the holes must be sealed. We each had our homes tightened up by Energy Reduction Specialists (ERS) of North Carolina.