HOUSTON – It may surprise you, but the attic is the hottest part of a house. Even though you don't spend much time up there, energy experts said cooling that space is the key to cooling your whole house and lowering your electric bill.
That is why contractors with the KSEV Radio and Thirty-Green Home Energy Savings Makeover started from the top of Tim and Terri Garcia's Spring Branch home.
"The first thing we want to do is get the thing breathing," said Brent Farrell of Recraft Construction Services & Green Remodeling. "It makes simple sense. When your attic is super hot, when it's 150 degrees plus in your attic, that's just gonna transfer down through your house."
Workers started by sucking out all of the old insulation from the attic. After years of humidity and heat, the insulation gets weighted down and just doesn't work as well. Then, crews installed vents to let the trapped hot air out of the attic.
Jim Kuchenbrod of Energy Complete applied a sealer to all of the holes and cracks in the attic to keep any hot air from leaking down into the house.
"One little hole doesn't sink a ship," Kuchenbrod explained. "But thousands of little holes sinks a ship."
Once the seal was set, crews from Heat Blockers installed a radiant barrier. The barrier that is stapled to the rafters is different from the spray-on kind for several reasons.
"The main difference is going to be placement," Nick Walker said.