Attic Insulation and Home Ventilation
A lot of our customers are getting big energy savings now with the Attic Tent.
When we do home energy audits. pull-down attic staircases are one of the biggest energy wasters we find, but the Attic Tent solves the problem completely.
The pull-down stairs in most homes are a wood and steel assembly that weighs 75-100 pounds being held in place by a pair of little springs. That weight constantly applies downward pressure and pushes the door open.
In summer, cooled air gets blown into your attic, and in winter cold air rushes in to keep your heater running too often.
You would never see the air leak just looking at it, but a home energy audit makes it impossible to miss. We force air out of the house, and then test with a smoke stick to show where is gets pulled back in.
The Attic Tent is the best way we know to fix the leak for real energy savings. It puts a barrier between the air in your attic and your living area. It not only cuts energy loss dramatically, it also helps keep out attic dust.
The Attic Tent is made of a half-inch layer of micro-fiber urethane insulation sandwiched between two layers of a high-tech synthetic fabric. It’s lightweight and flexible; it completely covers the opening to seal it tight and provide added thermal protection.
The Attic Tent zips open to the full dimensions of the doorway, making it easy to get in and out to store items and service air conditioning, heating equipment, and water heaters in the attic.
Berkeys can install an Attic Tent in your home anytime. You might want to do a complete home energy audit while you’re at it.
Blown-in Attic Insulation – Ask for AttiCat
Berkeys provides Owens Corning AttiCat ® insulation, including EcoTouch ® PINK ® FIBERGLAS ™ Insulation with PureFiber ® Technology. Benefits
- Delivers home comfort – homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
- Reduces monthly heating and cooling costs 1 for the life of the home
- Offers Owens Corning’s exceptional thermal and acoustical performance
- Contains more than 99% natural ingredients*
- Certified to include a minimum of 58% total recycled content **
- Formaldehyde free
*Unfaced insulation made with a minimum of 99 percent by weight natural materials consisting of minerals and plant-based compounds.
**Certified by Scientific Certifications Systems to have a minimum of 58 percent recycled glass content with at least 36 percent post-consumer recycled and the balance pre-consumer recycled glass content.www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_methodology
Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems
Berkeys provides energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems which control home ventilation in a home while minimizing energy loss. ERV systems pull in outside air, filter it, and release it into the home. An ERV system also takes a small portion of air from the home and releases it outside.
An ERV transfers some of the moisture from the exhaust air to the usually less humid incoming winter air; therefore, the humidity of the house air stays more constant. In the summer, an ERV may help to control humidity in the house by transferring some of the water vapor in the incoming air to the drier air that’s leaving the house.
Most ERV systems can recover about 70%–80% of the energy in the exiting air and deliver that energy to the incoming air. They are very effective in regions where there are extreme winters and summers – something we’re all familiar with in Texas!
Berkeys recommends non-restricted soffit vents and solar-powered attic fans. Attic fans cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents (soffit and gable) and pushing hot air to the outside.