Did you know that your attic accounts for 25% of heat and energy loss in the winter? Hot air rises, which means that the hot air from your house can creep up to your attic and get stuck there. Rather than warming an area of the house you don’t actively use, you can take steps to keep the warm air where you need it. Read on to learn how to winterize your attic and reduce your energy bills.
Reasons to Winterize Your Attic
Winterizing your attic can reduce your heating bills and keep your home’s climate comfortable. Beyond that, though, it can actually prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.
Ice dams occur when the snow stuck on your roof starts to melt and then re-freezes as it flows down the roofing. If your attic is not properly insulated, the heat from the attic butts up to the cold snow and makes it melt prematurely. These tips can help you reduce those risks to better protect your property.
How to Make Your Attic More Energy Efficient
Here are some ways to winterize your attic before the cold season starts:
- Insulate your attic door, and minimize the number of times you open the attic in winter.
- Make sure your attic insulation is thick enough to properly control the interior climate.
- Check around vents, pipes, and flues that run into the ceiling and seal as needed.
- If your home has two stories, you may want separate temperature controls for upstairs and downstairs. Keep your upstairs slightly cooler to reduce how much heat rises into the attic.
- Check the ducting in your attic. Repair loose connections and torn insulation.
- Clean your soffit vents with a hose or air compressor.
- Seal your soffit joints with caulk if they’ve started to separate.
Having good attic insulation is by far the best way to winterize your attic and lower your heating bills. McLean Roofing and Siding offers insulation services, as well as roofing, siding, trim, and window replacement. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to get your home set up for winter.
When Should I Start Winterizing My Attic?
The fall is a great time to winterize your attic. You want to get everything secured before the winter months hit so that your house is well-insulated when the time comes. Add these tasks to your autumn to-do list, and you’ll feel much more comfortable when the first snowstorm hits.