previous
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Install an Outlet Box
    Install an Outlet Box
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Vormax Toilet Sweepstakes
    Vormax Toilet Sweepstakes
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
next
Pin It

Attic-Insulation Upgrade

Seal air leaks first; then add extra insulation for an energy-saving improvement with great bang for the buck

Although it's easy to think of big things when you're looking for places to cut energy costs (replacement windows, anyone?), the first steps to take involve insulation in your home. FHB contributing editor Mike Guertin guides you through some relatively low-cost techniques for upgrading your home's insulation. He begins by sealing air leaks, such as the gaps around recessed lights and electrical boxes, plumbing or electrical chases, framing and a chimney, and more. Guertin includes a guide to finding the best air sealant for the job. He then recommends tuning up existing insulation, whether fiberglass batts or loose-fill cellulose. In conclusion, Guertin outlines the process for blowing in loose-fill insulation, which he says is a two-person job.

Attic-Insulation Upgrade
Plus get a free gift
Become a Fine Homebuilding Member. Start your free trial now