For Electric & Natural Gas Customers
Attics can reach very high temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter. Several checks or improvements can be made on your attic door to save on your heating and cooling needs.
Many attic entrances are made from a piece of drywall and cut to fit on pieces of trim nailed up around the attic opening. If the door is cut too small, or is bent or broken, air from the attic will leak into the living space wasting energy. Find sealing tips on the U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Savers website
Here are some ways to reduce wasting energy.
- Make sure the attic door fits well. Adding regular door weather-stripping on the trim gives the attic door a place to seal, stopping the summer and winter drafts from coming into the living space.
- Make sure the door is insulated. Just like your ceiling, there is insulation in the attic to provide protection from the winter and summer temperatures.
- If you have blown-in insulation in the attic, you may need a barrier of cardboard or other material to hold the insulation away from the opening. This allows the attic insulation to fill up to the proper R value and fit right up to the edge of the attic door opening.
- Caulking is also a good way to seal an attic door opening. Caulking can be applied where the door meets the trim and also where the trim meets the ceiling. Sealing both areas will reduce the drafts and still allow access to the attic once the caulking seal is removed.