Unless you have remodeled and finished the space in your attic, chances are you give it little thought except when you go looking for holiday decorations or mementos. However, you really should be giving more thought to your attic! Regular attic maintenance helps keep your home in good condition and can even save you lots of money in the long run. Start by contacting professionals who specialize in attic clean up near San Francisco, then have them complete these three attic maintenance steps.
Install Attic Insulation
Bay Area summers are relatively mild, and many homes do not have air conditioning, but in the winter most homeowners heat their houses. This is the season when attic insulation is important. Heat will rise directly through the floor of an uninsulated attic, and your heating system will have to work overtime to keep the house warm.
Seal Any Holes or Leaks
If you have an older home, there are likely air leaks in the attic. During warmer weather, these air leaks can cause moisture condensation inside the attic, which can damage any exposed wood framing elements and the underlayment of your roof. Also, rodents that run along power lines or across tree branches can enter your home through small holes in the attic, so attic sealing is an essential step in rodent proofing your home.
Ventilate the Attic
Though this may seem to contradict the advice above, attic vents are different than holes or leaks. Vents are typically covered with wire mesh to prevent rodents from entering, and ventilation can be controlled by means of an attic fan. At the very least, have your attic care professional make sure that the air ducts from your HVAC system and your bathroom and kitchen vent fans are routed completely outside, and do not simply ventilate all that moist air into the attic.
For attic clean up, insulation installation, rodent proofing, and attic ventilation inspections, call Atticare today at 1-888-743-7243. We help homeowners in San Francisco and the Bay Area reduce energy bills and protect their property with these essential attic maintenance services.