If your energy bill has gotten out of hand, you may be considering ways to decrease your energy usage. One place to start looking for savings is in the attic. Radiant heat passes through the roof, walls, floor, and even the stairs in the attic – causing heat transfer. Think of the “from hot to cold and from cold to hot” mentality. As you look for ways to save, you may come across something called an “attic stair cover”. If you are not sure what this is, your mind will flood with questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about attic stair covers.
What is an Attic Stair Cover?
An attic stair cover is an item made from our radiant barrier material. The barrier encases your drop-down stair case into the attic along the sides and top of the stairs. Think of it like a mattress pad. The pad fits over the sides and top of the mattress. An attic stair cover works in a similar fashion. By covering the sides and top of the stair cover, radiant heat can’t pass through the attic stair cover. This prevents heat transfer and minimizes cooling or heating costs in this area.
What are the Benefits of an Attic Stair Cover?
The main benefit of an attic stair cover is preventing heat transfer and air seepage. Heated or cooled air in your home cannot escape through the attic passage way. This is due to the reflective radiant heat technology provided by Radiant Barrier. This can reduce your energy usage and in turn, reduces your energy bill.
What Factors Should I Consider When Selecting an Attic Stair Cover?
There are numerous factors you should consider when selecting an attic stair cover. First, it is critical to pay attention to the flow of heat going into the attic, or away from the attic. With the Radiant Barrier technology, the Radiant heat is reflected either back into the home, or away from the cover. The second is the quality of the stitching on the cover. The better the stitching, the longer the cover will last and the more of a seal the cover provides. Third, pay attention to how easy the cover is to install. Some covers are easier to work with than others. Lastly, take heed to the ease of access the cover provides. If you go in your attic often, look for a cover with a zipper for easier access to your attic stairs. This ensures you don’t have to take the cover off completely to enter your attic – providing functionality.
An attic stair cover can help minimize your energy usage by reflecting the heat back to where it is supposed to be. This will make your air conditioner or heater not have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. Taking the time to learn about a cover will help you make an informed decision as to whether it is right for your attic. If you have any additional questions or you are ready to buy a cover today, call us! We would love to help you find the right stair cover for your attic!