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Weatherize this: Attic stair covers
Notice a chill around the pull-down ladder leading to your attic? Insulate that giant hole in the ceiling by installing an attic stair cover for greater energy savings.
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 09:54 PM
Today I’m featuring an item that came to mind while visiting my parents’ home
this past week: an attic stair cover. My parents are increasingly making significant green steps around the house from installing CFL bulbs in light fixtures to putting a 2-liter soda bottle in a toilet tank to save water. They’re doing an awesome job. But when my mother sent me to the attic — accessible via a pull-down folding ladder in an upstairs bathroom — to fetch a box of Christmas tree ornaments on a particularly cold day, the fact that the un-insulated attic hatch is essentially a drafty, 10-foot-wide hole in the ceiling became quite clear.
Attic stair covers are essentially well-insulated lids or boxes designed to keep cold air in the winter and hot air in the summer relegated to the attic and can be either purchased or constructed yourself
, if you’re so inclined.
Prices for store-bought attic stair covers vary but I’ve seen pink fiberglass versions from Owens Corning at Home Depot
for $42 and recycled-content, R-50 models from Battic Door on Amazon.com
for $100. I’ve also come across others like Attic Tents
(that’s one pictured above) that retail for upwards of $200. So remember, there are numerous makes and models of attic hatch-insulating covers at various price points and you should perform a bit of reconnaissance work before committing to one. If your attic stairs are a noticeable source of energy loss, it may be wise to invest in a more expensive cover with a higher “R” factor.
Have you installed an attic stair cover in your home? If so, which kind? Have you noticed significant savings?
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