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      Each month, the First Prez Green Team is suggesting a task to help you be a more faithful steward of the Creation, while saving energy and money.  Here’s the task for November...

Add insulation to attic areas to appropriate levels.  

Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce utility bills. Older homes often use more energy than new homes, leading to higher heating and air-conditioning bills.


Before installing insulation in your attic:

     Seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow.

--Duct exhaust fans to the outside. Use a tightly constructed box to cover fan housing on attic side. Seal around the duct where it exits the box.

--Cover openings into attic with plywood.

--Seal around chimney and framing with a high-temp caulk.

--At tops of interior walls, use long-life caulk to seal small gaps and holes. Use expanding foam or strips of rigid foam board insulation for large gaps.

     Install metal flashing to maintain fire-safety clearance requirements (usually 3 in.) for heat-producing equipment such as flues, chimneys, exhaust fans, and light housings/fixtures unless light fixtures are IC (insulation contact) rated.

     Make sure insulation doesn't block soffit vents.

     Check attic ceiling for water stains that indicate roof leaks or lack of ventilation. Repair before you insulate.

     Insulate and air seal attic access if it's in a conditioned part of the house.

     Insulate and air seal knee walls.

     Make sure attic decking, which provides storage space or platform for HVAC unit or hot water tank, is raised above ceiling joists to ensure proper insulation depth. The decking then should be installed securely to the top of the raised lumber after the insulation has been installed.

A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check. An energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, will also help identify areas of your home that are in need of air sealing.

Find out the following:

   Where your home is, isn't, and/or should be insulated

   What type of insulation you have

   The R-value and the thickness or depth of the insulation you have.