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You Have a Hole in Your Ceiling The Size of a Basketball

If the crack is in your ceiling hot air in the attic can draw/suck cold conditioned air out. It happens through a natural principle of science call convection.

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POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass […]

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ATTIC STAIRS = Energy Wasting Hole in Your Ceiling

I’ve lost count of the number of homes I’ve inspected that have folding stairway built into the hallway or laundry room ceiling. More often than not the folding legs are not trimmed to the correct length or properly secured to the framing. That condition has the potential to create a fall hazard.  Additionally, the stair’s […]

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How to Install Rigid Foam Insulation

Installing rigid foam on the outside of a house is a great way to double the R-value and eliminate air leaks. Large sheets of foam insulation, screwed and sealed to the walls or roof, can cover or replace conventional sheathing and create a continuous barrier to heat loss or gain—something you don’t get with cavity […]

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