Attics and Basements
- Look for lost energy dollars in your attic or basement. A simple check of these areas may help you save real money when cold weather arrives. Remember to check any crawlspaces and the foundation of your home.
- Vents in the attic should be left open to allow moisture to escape from the attic. Adequate ceiling insulation should be installed.
- When the basement is used for purposes other than storage, the walls and windows should be insulated. A warm basement space provides warmer floors above. Most basements are primarily heated by the heat lost from the furnace and duct work. Heat loss from the basement is just as expensive as heat loss from an upstairs room. To reduce heat loss, install storm windows, caulk the sill joint and insulate the basement walls. If the basement is used only for storage, the duct work and the floor above should be insulated and the basement left unheated.
- Crawlspace vents should be closed during the winter unless the furnace is in the crawlspace or there is a moisture problem. If vents cannot be closed, insulating panels can be inserted. Vents may remain closed during the summer if there is no moisture problem.
- Insulated skirting should be installed in mobile homes and manufactured housing foundations to reduce air flow and raise the temperature below the structure.