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Replacing attic insulation to fix energy efficiency

In our local section the Summer temperature frequently climbs into the high eighties for even the nineties. The humidity is brutal… During the winter, the temperature always plummets into the downside digits. The wind chill makes it dangerous to spend much time outdoors. We often accumulate multiple feet of snow in a single overnight span. The weather extremes require either heating or cooling for the majority of the year. There is seldom a time when every one of us aren’t relying on the gas furnace or the air conditioning system. The utility bills are always a concern. I continually look for possibilities to tighten up the thermal envelope plus eliminate energy waste. I spent a small fortune replacing windows plus installing new exterior doors. Last year, I read an article about the importance of a always insulated attic… According to what I read, the attic is designed as a barrier between the outdoor elements plus the indoor residing space. It can significantly improve energy efficiency plus comfort. Heat naturally migrates to cooler areas. In the winter, if the attic is especially cold, the heat from the residing section will rise upward plus create more work for the gas furnace. The heating method will need to run longer plus use more energy yet potentially provide inferior comfort. In the summer, an overheated attic can lead to the hot, humid air seeping into the residing area.This adds to demands on the air conditioning system. I spent a honestly unpleasant weekend in August removing the old insulation in the attic. It had been degraded by moisture plus rodents. It was dirty plus disgusting. While I didn’t like installing the new insulation, it has made a positive impact.