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How to Save Energy by Insulating an Attic

You can immediately save energy and money by insulating your attic. Attic insulation is easy to install because it doesn’t have to be glued, nailed, stapled, or held in place. Adding more insulation simply means unrolling batts and putting the pieces in place or shaking the loose-fill type out of a bag and raking it out.

Insulation maintains your home’s energy envelope. When the energy envelope is properly maintained, your personal comfort level improves and your heating and cooling bills go down. If your energy costs are out of whack, the attic is the first place you should look. Most household heat is lost through the ceiling — around 60 percent. Properly maintained insulation can significantly reduce this heat loss.

In moderate climates, R-38 insulation is required. In extreme climates, R-60 makes is necessary. You may not have the right insulation to meet new requirements. Check with the building department in your area to determine the correct R-value for your home.

The toughest part of this job is protecting yourself. Insulation can contain fiberglass, fire retardants, insect repellants, and other stuff you don’t want in you or on you. Whenever you work with any type of insulation, be sure to protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants, full goggles, gloves, and a respirator.

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