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Time to bundle up for winter and to make sure your home is cold weather ready! Poor insulation is something like having a gas leak in your home. You often can't see it hear it or smell it, but it can kill your energy efficiency and wallet. Consumer Investigator Dale Cardwell, president of TRUSTDale.com, trusts a plus, inc. to charge a reasonable price based on the cost of materials and the amount of labor required to get the job done right. Click HERE to receive your exclusive a plus/TD deal of a FREE Inspection and Estimate! Plus, you get the TRUSTDale Make It Right Guarantee!

TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *Attic Insulation Techniques
  1. Install blocking (metal flashing) to maintain fire-safety clearance requirements (usually 3 inches) for heat-producing equipment found in an attic, such as flues, chimneys, exhaust fans, and light housings/fixtures unless the light fixtures are IC (insulation contact) rated. IC-rated lights are airtight and can be covered with insulation.
  2. Make sure insulation doesn't block soffit vents to allow for attic ventilation.
  3. Check the attic ceiling for water stains or marks. They indicate roof leaks or lack of ventilation. Make repairs before you insulate. Wet insulation is ineffective and can damage your home.

Also, insulate and air seal your attic access if it's located in a conditioned part of the house. You'll want to properly insulate and air seal any knee walls-vertical walls with attic space directly behind them-in your home as well.

Finally, if you're constructing a new home or remodeling, make sure any attic decking, which provides additional storage space or a platform for an HVAC unit or hot water tank, is raised above the 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.

*Source: http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11390