Part II: What to Wear When Working with Blown-in Insulation

I have spent a lot of time elbow deep in blown-in insulation in my attic, so I am well acquainted with the proper attire needed to get work done up there.

The key piece of advice is to be prepared for the hostile work conditions by covering yourself up. You won’t like being up there, so you should dress in a way that lends itself to efficient work.

Buy these items ahead of time or regret it when you’ve got fiberglass lung and you’re itching all over!

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Part I: How to Reduce Heating Bills with DIY Attic Insulation

Our 1961 bi-level house had a reasonable amount of blown-in fiberglass insulation in the attic when we moved in. This surprised us because homes from this era often aren’t well insulated, although it’s possible a previous owner added the insulation more recently. Regardless, we were pleasantly surprised to have nearly a foot of blown-in fiberglass in our attic.

Unfortunately, even though we had nearly an R-value of 30, it wasn’t evenly distributed due to some large gaps caused by previous home improvement projects. We also had no air sealing between the attic and the conditioned rooms below, which was an even bigger issue for us.

Due to these circumstances I decided to air seal our attic and blow in additional loose fill fiberglass insulation. What followed was nearly a year of intermittent preparation, although your experience and requirements will certainly vary! I only worked in the attic when the temperature was comfortable, which severely limited the times I could get work done.

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