Installing TAP® Pest Control Insulation or adding to the existing insulation is often not enough to seal and attic ceiling structure. A careful inspection will help identify the home’s attic needs for air sealing prior to the insulation process to make the home more energy efficient and comfortable for homeowners.
Inspecting the Attic
Look for cracks, gaps, or openings around plumbing, ducting, recessed lights, or electrical wiring entering the attic through walls, flooring, gaps in wall plates, furnaces or other heat-producing devices (i.e. chimneys, furnaces, attic fans, whole house fans, or ventilation points).
Inspecting the Furnace
It is helpful to make certain that duct joints of the homes furnace are sealed. High-quality foil-faced tape, again, is suitable for sealing ductwork. However, furnaces and air handling units should be inspected by a qualified HVAC technician.
Once you’ve located any problem areas, it is wise to complete a professional graph during your inspection. In addition to highlighting the problem areas where air leakages occur, notate locations of all heat producing sources such as the HVAC system, recessed lights, and chimneys. This will serve as a great visual for your customer and a detailed road map for air sealing the home once the job is booked.
Use the professional graph in conjunction with your quarterly/annual attic insulation inspection. This helps you become better prepared for future sales opportunities.