For most homeowner, attics are a mysterious and dark place, seldom explored and usually less understood. The only reason homeowners might have to go into their attic is to check and see if the roof is leaking, or, if you live downtown Toronto, check to see if there are animal problems.
The Attic is usually the first place to begin energy efficiency improvements.
Insulating an attic is not merely adding “more” insulation. Many homeowners are under the impression that insulation is merely a material purchase, and that “more is better”. The truth is that the efficiency of attic insulation is determined by how all the systems and components integrate rather than simply the thickness of the insulation materials. And after all the conditions are right, more insulation can be added to boost insulation effectiveness.
We believe that the key to efficient attic insulation is the integrity of the attic floor, how air tight it is, and how the elements interplay.
When we retrofit an attic, and before the actual insulation is added, we focus on sealing and preparing the attic first by reviewing the following items and areas:
- Heating and exhaust fan ducts
- Chimneys and furnace exhaust flues
- Plumbing stacks and penetrations
- Electrical and wire penetrations
- Recessed ceilings and lighting
- Bathroom and Kitchen exhaust fans
- Light fixtures and potlights
- Knee walls
- Soffit venting
- Attic hatch
- Other gaps, cracks, bypasses, shafts and voids
- Top plates of exterior and partition walls
We Use Cellulose Insulation for our attic retrofits, Its non-combustable, mold resistant and its made from recycled newsprint!