What you need to know before insulating your attic

There are many building components in a home that are hidden behind drywall or just out of sight.

As an architect in the Washington area, I’ve worked with numerous homeowners to help them understand what’s hidden behind their walls and ceilings and evaluate the right home improvement options. With colder temperatures upon us, it’s important to be prepared for the winter and the additional energy costs you’ll pay to stay warm.

Sure, you could just dial down the thermostat and wear yet another sweater to cut costs, but investing in the right home improvements can go a lot further to cut expenses and to improve your day-to-day comfort.

One of the places in your home where a little bit of attention can make a big difference in your comfort — and heating bill — is the attic.

According to the Department of Energy, properly insulating the attic can save 10 to 50 percent on a typical heating bill. In the Washington area, there are many styles of homes and roofs, but typically most have some degree of attic space, either walk-in or crawl space. For many homeowners, insulating the attic is the most effective method to save on energy costs.

Here’s how to get started:

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