Category: General Information

What To Do About Attic Air Leaks

Any attic air leaks pose a threat to the whole home's comfort, energy efficiency, and air quality. Leaks are a major source of heat loss and heat gain in any home. And, if you live in the Bay Area, the combination of a leaky home or attic and inadequate venting and filtration affects indoor air […]

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Signs Your Home Is Under Insulated

That last Bay Area heat wave signaled the final hurrah for summer. Now, the notable arrival of fall means it’s time to inspect the attic and determine whether or not your home is under insulated.  Even without a professional attic inspection, seven signs indicate a building’s insulation requires attention. 7 Red Flags Indicating Your Home […]

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Tips For A Rodent-Free Attic

Even the smallest mice or rats can cause a tremendous amount of noise as they scurry about at night. But, more importantly, rodent-proofing your attic prevents critters from damaging insulation, HVAC ductwork, and any exposure.  Equally important, eliminating existing rodents and professional-quality rodent prevention reduces the toxic fumes and irritants caused by their fur, dander, […]

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Your Home’s Attic Anatomy

Routine attic maintenance is an essential part of whole-home comfort and energy efficiency. Knowing more about your home’s attic anatomy and what each part does, helps homeowners make better decisions when it comes to attic and roof maintenance, repairs, or replacement.  Attic Anatomy 101 Here is a list of the average home attic's general parts […]

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Energy Efficiency Essentials: Adequate Attic Ventilation

Whole-home energy efficiency and indoor comfort rely on the cooperation of three major systems: roof, attic, and ventilation. Air sealing is also an essential part of that equation. While many homeowners know the importance of a well-maintained roof and updated insulation, less pay attention to whether or not their home is well insulated. Importance Of […]

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How To Know If Your Attic Is Under Insulated

If your home is 10+ years old, there is a good chance your attic is under insulated. If your home is 20 years old or older, and you haven’t had it updated or replaced. Insulation is designed to be durable, but a home is only adequately insulated when it meets a few criteria: It meets […]

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The Benefits Of An Attic Inspection

Bay Area attics are usually afterthoughts for homeowners, but this is a mistake. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the majority of a home’s heat loss and gain occurs through the attic, and inadequate attic insulation can increase utility spending by 20% or more each year.  When we inspect your attic, we’ll look for […]

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The Good & Bad Of Converting An Attic Into A Room

Many Bay Area homes have spacious attics, setting the ideal stage for converting an attic into a room. However, before you get started, there are several things you need to verify to ensure the attic conversion is safe, energy-efficient, and done to current building codes. Pros & Cons To Converting An Attic Converting an attic […]

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How To Choose The Right Attic Stairs For Your Home

Attic stairs come in several different forms, including pulldown ladders or full stairs with handrails. There are several things homeowners should consider when selecting the best attic ladder or staircase for their home. Attic Stairs & Ladders: Things To Know Most attic stairs are pulldown affairs, tucking neatly into the ceiling above. They are made […]

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Attic Safety: Protect Yourself In The Attic

Attics can pose a safety hazard, especially if your attic is unfinished, insulation is outdated or damaged, or mold, toxins, or other contaminants pose a problem. Therefore, attic safety is the priority whenever you’re inspecting or working in an attic. When in doubt, always contact a licensed attic and insulation contractor to protect the safety […]

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When Do Your Air Ducts Need Replacing Or Repair?

When was the last time you had your HVAC systems air ducts inspected or cleaned? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is, “never.”  While loft spaces and some contemporary home designs leave ducts exposed, most homeowners live in buildings with ducts that are craftily hidden in attics, soffits, and crawl spaces. As a result, […]

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Radiant Barrier 101

Your attic is a key player when it comes to whole-home comfort and energy efficiency. The combination of your roof system, adequate attic design and insulation, and ventilation work together to keep conditioned air inside and regulate temperatures, so they don’t vary much from your preferred thermostat settings.   Our last post discussed the importance of […]

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Vapor Barrier 101

Our proximity to the ocean and cooler climates means Bay Area homes are vulnerable to moisture control issues. Poorly controlled moisture and indoor humidity levels lead to problems, ranging from condensation on the windows to structural rot and mold infestations. Vapor barriers work in tandem with insulation and ventilation systems to keep interior moisture levels […]

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Is Your Attic A Dangerous Place?

When’s the last time you took a good, detailed lookup in your attic? If you’re like most people, the attic is a major afterthought, and that can lead to dangerous outcomes.  Is Your Attic A Danger Zone?  Here are five of the ways your attic can become a danger zone. By inspecting your attic at […]

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Why Your Home Has An Attic

While some flat-roofed homes don’t have attics, most homes built in the United States have some type of attic space. What you do with that space (or not) makes a difference in energy efficiency, whole-home comfort, and usable square footage.  3 Main Reasons Your Home Has An Attic  There are three main reasons most homes […]

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Is Your Attic A Waste Of Space?

What’s hanging out in your attic lately? Nothing? Then let’s look at ways you can take that attic waste of space and make it a more energy-efficient and usable part of your home’s square footage.  Ideas For Re-Imagining Your Homes Waste Of Space  Here are some of our favorite ways our clients repurpose their attics […]

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7 Tips To Make Your Attic More Efficient

Just as hats help to insulate your head and regulate body temperature, a home’s attic plays a crucial role in both whole-home energy efficiency, comfort, and healthy air quality. Unfortunately, old or outdated attics contribute to homes that struggle to keep up with thermostat demands, pest issues, polluted air in the air ducts, and moisture control.  […]

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What NOT To Store In The Attic

The attic is a common storage area. All too often, however, when hired to clean out, reinsulate or sanitize an attic space, we see all kinds of stored items that should never have been there. If your attic serves as a personal storage unit, it’s essential that you learn which items should never be stored in the […]

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7 Summer Attic Improvements For An Energy Efficient Home

Is your attic more of an afterthought than a focus of your daily life? We get it. However, today we are asking you to shine the spotlight in your attic and see if it has these seven essential features. These attic updates and upgrades will benefit you this summer - and beyond.  Attic Improvements For […]

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Good Or Bad: Using Your Attic For Storage

It’s not uncommon for Bay Area attics to be chock-full of stuff, ranging from generations of furniture and trunks to the odd assortment of boxes and seasonal decorations.   While this is understandable, you should only use your attic for storage under certain conditions.  5 Must-Haves Before Using The Attic For Storage  Here are five things that […]

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