If you’re like most other Omaha and Council Bluffs residents, you’re committed to keeping your home heating costs as low as possible. And you’re well aware that added insulation can go a long way toward doing that. But even though you may have taken care of the big insulation projects, such as the walls and the attic, you may have overlooked some relatively little places that could be leaking air as we speak. What are we talking about? Your attic hatch.

A badly sealed attic hatch — or an attic hatch that isn’t sealed at all — can have a major effect on your home’s energy efficiency. The hatch itself often consists of little more than a sheet of plywood, offering little in the way of insulation. Simply attaching insulation to the back of the plywood won’t solve the problem. To sufficiently seal the attic hatch:

  • Apply foam insulation to the back of the plywood panel, using weather-resistant duct tape.
  • Apply foam tape around the edges of the panel to create an airtight seal.
  • If you have pull-down stairs to the attic, pick up an insulated fabric housing at your home-improvement store. It will have a zipper allowing access to the attic. Secure with staples all around the edges.

This is an easy project that’s relatively inexpensive but promises a handsome payoff when you see your next heating bills.

At Fred’s Heating and Air, we have quite a few energy-saving tips that can help you keep your heating bills in line this winter. Give us a call if you have any questions. And if you need a new HVAC system, we can help you find the one that’s just right for your home. We serve homeowners in Omaha and Council Bluffs.