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Do Radiant Foil Barriers in an Attic Save Energy?

Murray asks, “Do radiant foil barriers in an attic really work, and will they reduce my heating and cooling bills?”

Radiant barriers can reduce your cooling costs a bit, if you live in a hot climate, but are no substitute for attic insulation. Read on to find out more.

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DIY Fold Down Attic Stair Insulation

Watch this video for an inexpensive, DIY way to insulate attic stairs and make your home more energy efficient.

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How to Apply a Vapor Barrier to Attic Insulation

Beth asks, “The insulation in my attic has a paper backing, and I’d like to add a vapor barrier on top. Is that a good idea?”

The paper facing on your insulation is the vapor barrier, and you should never put a vapor barrier on top of attic insulation. Read on to find out more.

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Danny Lipford with central vacuum system

Advantages of Solar Exhaust Fan and Central Vacuum System

To remove hot air from the upper story in the Kuppersmith garage, we installed a solar powered exhaust fan. To make vacuuming easy and improve indoor air quality, a central vacuum system was installed inside the home. Watch this video to find out more.

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Foam Insulation Installed in the Kuppersmith Project House

The attic rafters and exterior walls of the Kuppersmith Project house were insulated using foam insulation. This turned the attic into a conditioned space that will stay within 10 degrees of the interior of the house in both winter and summer. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Eliminate and Prevent Mold in an Attic

Dan asks, “Our home has narrow soffit with little venting, causing mold to form in the attic. What should we do?”

You’ll probably need to add power vent fans to your attic to increase air movement through it. Read on to find out more.

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installing floor support in the attic

What to Consider When Turning an Attic into Living Space

Converting an attic into an extra room can be great way to add living space to your home, but it may not be as simple as you might think. Watch this video to find out more before considering an attic conversion.

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rolls of pink insulation in the attic

How Much Insulation Do You Need in Your Home

Insulation in your home is important to reduce heat loss and gain and save energy. How well a particular type of insulation works is determined by its R-value, which is a measure of the insulation’s resistance to the transfer of heat. Watch this video to find out more.

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