A Sappy Attic Is Not A Happy Attic

As we complete more and more attic inspections, it’s becoming a concerning reality that many homeowners have no idea what kind of shape their attic is in.

Not knowing what’s going on with your attic is careless. There’s really no excuse. We understand it can be a “pain” or a “hassle”, but your attic requires the same attention and maintenance as any other area of your home.

We’ve seen health concerns such as fiberglass emitting a synthetic material called styrene, a possible carcinogenic per the American Lung Association. We’ve seen depleted insulation: aged, compressed, and saturated. We’ve seen infestation from sealing issues.

Even with the aforementioned issues, the one attic issue we see and feel the most is from insufficient ventilation. HOT ATTICS POSE PROBLEMS. Elevated attic temperatures can result in overheated ducts and an overworked air conditioner. Let’s not forget to mention that attic-heat build up radiates into your living space making you hot, resulting in you blasting your air condition. How does that wallet feel?

The photos above show what can happen when you don’t have proper ventilation. Turns out you may not be the only one sweating. Your attic can sweat too. These photos document a hot attic and the residue of tree sap dripping from the rafters. Essentially, the attic was so hot that it was deteriorating.

Fortunately for this homeowner, we were able to address the issue in a timely manner. The installation of our solar fan will continuously exchange attic air to avoid future heat build up. In turn, a more efficient air conditioner, cooler ducting, cooler living spaces, and lower cooling costs. They say “don’t sweat the small stuff”. That may be sometimes true, but in your attic’s case, the small stuff can lead to big time problems.

Want to receive a no-cost solar attic fan?

Contact Michele DuCoin at 856-809-2744 to schedule your free attic inspection and learn how to receive a no-cost solar attic fan!

Flip the Bird

There’s only one thing that you can do if you’re a homeowner and you walk up to your attic and see this kind of mess. And that’s “flip the bird”.

We went out for one of our routine attic inspections in LeisureTowne of Southampton, New Jersey. Now we’re accustomed to seeing some pretty crazy things in attics: exposed wires, molding issues from poor ventilation, trash, insufficient insulation, you name it.

Chip Kelly and the Bird Gang, though? We don’t see this very often. Needless to say, it’s a primetime example of why inspecting your attic is important to the health and comfort of your home.

As attic energy savings experts, we called in some friends who could handle the pest control. Then, we proposed sealing improvements, including our NASA inspired multi-layer reflective insulation to help get this attic back into tip-top shape, while helping reduce heating and cooling costs, and improving overall comfort.

That’s what we call killing two birds with one stone.