Attic-Sealing Strategies Give Portland Homeowners A Solid Plan For Efficiency

Attic-Sealing Strategies Give Portland Homeowners A Solid Plan For Efficiency

Your attic can make a huge difference in your home’s energy efficiency.  The better you have it sealed, the more you can save and the more comfort your family will enjoy.  

Attic sealing helps you avoid two main conditions that create a variety of problems: extreme temperatures in your attic and excessive moisture.  When hot air gets trapped in your attic, it builds and eventually leaks down into your house.  This makes your HVAC system work harder than necessary to compensate for the countering heat.  This causes your utility bills to spike and creates extra wear and tear that can shorten your heating system’s lifespan.

Moisture can be even more troublesome.  It can foster the growth of mold, which thrives in damp, dark environments.  Not only can mold cause irreparable damage to your house, it can get airborne and cause severe respiratory problems.  Proper attic-sealing strategies will help you avoid these problems.

Add Ventilation
Allowing a natural way for air to flow in and out of your attic will help moderate the temperature in your attic.  Moisture will also be dried out more quickly and easily.  You can replace the covers on your soffits with ridged vents to create an airflow without having to worry about rain getting in.

Add Insulation
This map will help you figure out how much insulation your Portland area home needs.  When insulated properly, there will be less heat transferring in and out of your attic, regulating the temperature.  You can also put insulation around the exposed ducts in your attic to keep the air within them at a consistent temperature.

Weatherproof Your Roof
Old buildings in particular need the effectiveness of their roofs bolstered.  Flashing, a type of weatherproofing made of sheet metal, can fill holes and prevent leaks.

Seal Gaps Leading From Attic To House
Plug holes where hot air can seep into your home.  Common areas to look for this are around plumbing, attic entry ways, wiring, lighting fixtures and ductwork.

For more information about these and other attic-sealing strategies, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical at (503) 994-9924.  We have been serving the greater Portland area since 1976.

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