Today’s tip: If your home had ice dams, schedule attic insulation to prevent them from returning next winter

If your home was plagued by ice dams this winter, be sure to schedule installation off attic insulation this spring or summer so those ice dams will only be a bad memory next winter.

Attic insulation will keep the warm air inside your home, while keeping your roof cold enough to prevent ice dams from forming. Ice dams — that ridge of ice that forms at the roof’s edge — can cause melting ice to back up under shingles, resulting in water damage to walls and ceilings.

Although attic insulation is expensive, a rebate can bring the initial cost down. You may be able to qualify for a CenterPoint Energy rebate of up to $500 by upgrading your home’s attic insulation from R30 to R50 and sealing attic bypasses. If you need financing, low-cost financing is available from the Center for Energy and Environment.

In addition to preventing costly water damage, attic insulation will reduce your heating bill. According to the University of Minnesota, plugging leaks and adding insulation can reduce energy use in homes by 20 to 30 percent. For additional information about ice dams, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website.


Published Mar 27, 2013