Give Your Home and Family a Winter Tuque by Insulating

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(NC) As the air begins to chill, parents constantly remind children to wear a tuque since 30 to 40 per cent of body heat can be lost from the head. The same can be said about the attic. "The attic is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate - where up to 8 to 20 per cent of energy can be lost," says Sara Coutu, Insulation Expert, Owens Corning.

Sealing hatch and electrical fixture leaks, and installing proper ventilation and insulation will eliminate problems of dampness and moisture in the attic. Luckily, for the novice do-it-yourselfer, topping up batt insulation is among the simplest renovations.

  • Check existing insulation between joists. If a cavity is not completely filled, use appropriate width insulation batts the same as the joist spacing.

  • Insulation should not block the ventilation space leading up from the eave vents. If needed, install a raft-R-mateT Attic Rafter Vent wherever there is an eave vent to ensure air flow.

  • When you come to electrical wiring or plumbing, split the batt and fit it around the wire or pipe so that there's no gap or compression in the insulation.

  • Be careful around metal or masonry chimneys and flues. Old-fashioned single layer metal flues should never be in contact with insulation. Most requirements call for a minimum space of 2 inches or 51 millimeters between the insulation and chimney.

For inaccessible areas of the attic, have a contractor blow loosefill fiberglass insulation like PROPINKT Loosefill Fiber Glass Insulation.


For more information on saving energy with insulation, call 1-800-GET-PINK