It appears as though we are in the midst of our first storm of the winter. Last night it snowed and here in The Champlain Valley we had the better part of seven inches of snow with a wintry mix now happening. The howling winds and wintry storms bring us to the point where we love to be inside all warm and cozy in our energy efficient homes.
We hope that you have exerted a good faith effort to stop Cold Air Penetration and restrict the Path of Heat Loss upward. Yesterday we mentioned sealing off spots where the Cold Air can penetrate into the building envelope. One last mention of the huge hole under your Tub/Shower; it needs to be closed off with a combination of spray foam and rigid foam board cut to fit in place. That’s a great project for right now.
Today let’s look at possibly adding more insulation in the attic. I’m guessing that most of you have fiberglass insulation in the attic running in the same direction as the ceiling joists. If you choose to add more insulation we recommend fiberglass insulation that is un-faced going in the opposite direction. Remember that Fiberglass insulation loses much of its insulating ability if it is compressed; it needs to be fluffy. So, make an effort to not squish the fiberglass. If you have fiberglass we do not recommend adding Celluloses insulation on top of the fiberglass as it will compress the fiberglass and the end result is a loss of insulating value.
If you already have Cellulose insulation in the attic we suggest adding more. Many times when you purchase the Cellulose the store/lumber yard will loan you the machine that blows it up into the attic. Cellulose is a great product, it works well and is cheap.
So, now that you have sealed off the Cold Air Penetration in the basement and added more insulation in the attic it is time for you to sit back and enjoy.
From us to you – Happy New Year.