We recently had an inspector take a peek at our house, and he made a few recommendations about how to save on energy costs. A couple of his suggestions were things we do already, like weatherstripping around doors and windows, but there was one tip that I'd never heard before and thought I'd pass along to you guys: insulating our pull-down attic door.
He of course recommended filling in any gaps in the insulation left by furry visitors that sometimes hide from the cold in our attic. If you're going to fill in your attic insulation, just make sure you leave at least a 3" gap around chimneys, the hot water heater, and anything else that produces heat to avoid creating a fire hazard.
He said that the pull down door is where folks lose most of the warmth in their homes, if the rest of the attic is already insulated. Having that uninsulated spot creates a "chimney effect" that pulls the hot air into the attic and pulls cold air into the rest of the house. Brr!
The insulation he suggested is basically a box that goes over the attic stairs, keeping the warm air from escaping into the attic. It seems like a pretty low-cost item, considering the potential energy savings!
If you don't have attic stairs and are feeling particularly DIY, this video shows you how to make an insulated attic door opening:
Want some more tips on winterizing your home? Our sister site, Crisp Green has three excellent ideas for keeping your house warm this winter.
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