Category: General Information

Creating An Allergen-Free Attic

Do you or someone in your household suffer from chronic, year-round allergies? Your attic could be the source. Neglected attics become a hotbed for all of the most common allergens, including mold and mildew spores, rodent fur and dander, dust, pollen, and other irritating particulates. If allergies are a constant source of irritation in your […]

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Most Common Types Of Attic Mold

Mold is a major red flag in any home, indicating a combination of existing and future issues. Your home's attic is notorious for harboring many types of attic mold because moisture issues in the attic go undetected without regular inspections. Attic Mold Is A Major Red Flag Mold found in the attic indicates one or […]

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Transforming Your Attic Into A Functional Living Space

If your attic is large enough, it may feel an empty wasteland better served by transforming it into a functional living space. Bay Area attics often have plenty of room to create living spaces that are recreational or that become a source of income. How To Convert An Attic Into A Functional Living Space However, […]

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Most Common Types Of Attic Ventilation

In addition to supporting whole-home comfort and energy efficiency, attic ventilation significantly optimizes indoor air quality (IAQ). If you’re in the process of replacing your roof or replacing/updating attic insulation, use that opportunity to evaluate whether your attic is sufficiently ventilated and the many types of attic ventilation. Attic Ventilation: Categories & Options Sufficient attic […]

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What Is A Home’s Thermal Envelope?

The term “thermal envelope” or a home envelope refers to the structural borders of your home and how they interact or support a trifecta of additional home systems - air sealing, insulation, and ventilation. These parts protect the temperature-controlled interior of the home.  The goal is to keep warm air indoors during the winter and […]

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Reducing Sound Pollution & Creating A Quieter Home With Insulation

Insulation is essential to whole-home comfort, and that’s typically linked to temperature regulation and energy efficiency. However, insulation also plays a role in reducing sound pollutants. That’s important here in the Bay Area, where houses and apartments are vulnerable to busy street noise and the ambient noise created by neighbors and their dogs.  Upgrade Your […]

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Insulation And Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

Adequate home insulation is essential to protecting the environment and reducing your home’s carbon footprint. According to the EPA, “The average household in a single-family home spends about 53 percent of its energy-related expenditures on heating and cooling.” The lion’s share of that energy comes from petroleum and coal.  The more you do to reduce […]

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The Role Of Ventilation In Maintaining Home Energy Efficiency

One of the things we love most about our job as attic solutions and insulation professionals is our role as educators. From household to household and business to business, we spend our days sharing information about home energy efficiency and the essential players in the whole-home energy equation: insulation, ventilation, and air sealing. Whole-Home Ventilation […]

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The Downfalls Of DIY Attic Insulation

Both batt insulation and blown-in cellulose or foam have DIY attic insulation potential. However, after decades of working as attic insulation professionals, we’ve observed that very few homeowners know how to do it right.  Unless you’re a licensed contractor, it’s best to skip DIY insulation jobs and let the professionals handle it. There are several […]

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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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