It's not monsters in the attic you have to worry about. It's the cold.
Here is yet another way to save money this winter, this time with an eye on heat loss into the attic.
The Shuttercover Trim to Fit is an insulated cover for the shutters of your whole-house attic fan. Because the louvers on an attic fan are not airtight or insulated, a home in the winter loses warm air through them, driving up the utility bills.
The Shuttercover Trim to Fit contains the hot air within the home by sealing up the vent's shutters. A simple adhesive loop fastener installation method makes it easy to set up and trim the cover to fit.
The covers are 1/4-inch think and have an R-value of 7.5. They come in 36" x 48" and 48" x 48" squares, with the latter retailing for about $50. You can find them at a number of hardware stores like Ace, Lowes and Grainger.
Would you use a Shuttercover to save money this winter?
I would certainly consider using one. However, though the article does not say so, it appears that this is a one-time-use product. I'd be more likely to do some research first to see if any product exists that is reusable from season to season. It may be that there isn't such a thing, or that the only other product(s) out there are much more difficult to install, etc.
How To Reduce Your Energy Bills / Energy Conservation Begins at Home
Imagine leaving a window open all winter long -- the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, a whole house fan or AC Return, a fireplace or a clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in your home every day.
These often overlooked sources of energy loss and air leakage can cause heat and AC to pour out and the outside air to rush in -- costing you higher energy bills.
But what can you do about the four largest “holes” in your home -- the folding attic stair, the whole house fan or AC return, the fireplace, and the clothes dryer?
Mark D. Tyrol is a Professional Engineer specializing in cause and origin of construction defects. He developed several residential energy conservation products including an attic stair cover and an attic access door. Battic Door is the US distributor of the fireplace plug.
Mark D. Tyrol is a Professional Engineer specializing in cause and origin of construction defects. He developed several residential energy conservation products including an attic stair cover and an attic access door. Battic Door is the US distributor of the fireplace plug. To learn more visit www.batticdoor.com
The Shuttercover is installed with a self-adhesive "velcro type fastener" or hook and loop for easy removal when you want to operate your fan. You can roll the cover up for easy storage and stick it back on when you are done using your fan. The Shuttercover will last for many years with proper care.