It’s that time of the year again, and the temperatures are definitely dropping. In 2017, the temperature dropped to -6° F in Kansas. You may already feel chill drifting into your home this year. If that is the case, it might be time to take a look at your attic.
Home Maintenance: Is Your Attic Ready for Winter?
Here’s how you can make sure your attic is well-insulated and prepared to brave the cold weather.
Don’t Let Critters Lounge in Your Attic
The attic is one of the most common problem areas for heat to escape from your home.
Before a professional begins insulating your attic, clean it first. The cold weather outside will bring in squirrels and birds who are trying to find shelter in a cozy space. These creatures can cause a lot of damage to your attic by chewing through your insulation or wiring.
Make sure your attic doesn’t serve as a critter hotel this winter. Cover all holes, gaps, and spaces that might allow small animals to get in.
Protect Your Roof
Inspect your roof and see if it is in need of repair. Don’t wait for harsh weather conditions to return to see if your roof functions as it should. A problematic roof will affect your attic insulation.
Here are some of the things to look for when inspecting your roof:
- Signs of leaks
- Loss of granule on the roof
- Missing shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Shingles that have buckled or curved
If you notice any of these signs, contact your local roofing company to fix these issues as soon as possible.
A Quick Energy Checkup is Necessary
An energy audit allows you to see patterns of usage that may be driving up your utility bills. Warmth amid cold weather isn’t the only thing you can get from attic insulation. With a properly insulated attic, you can have lower energy bills by as much as 50 percent. An energy audit will tell you which areas in your home require the most insulation to help reduce cost.
You have two ways to go about this:
- Hire an energy auditor or do the check on your own. A professional would have the tools to run exhaustive tests, such as a PFT air infiltration measurement technique and a thermographic scan. Think it’s expensive? Not when you hire us to do the checking. In Kansas City, we do free energy evaluations as part of our no-obligation inspections and estimates.
- You can go the DIY route. We will say that performing your own energy audit won’t be thorough, but it will at least you give an idea of which areas to focus on. You can check windows and electrical outlets for leaks and ceilings for gaps. You can also try to check your attic for the vapor barrier, which cuts the rate at which water vapor moves through the material.
Leave the Job to the Professionals
For consistent comfort, turn to A+ Insulation. Our certified, experienced technicians always go out of their way to make sure our customers are happy and comfortable in their home.
Contact us today and schedule an appointment.