- Ventilation - Use ridge and soffit venting at the roof if possible, they will provide the most ventilation to the attic. Try to make the attic the same temperature as the exterior - that will help prevent heat buildup in the attic that causes melting snow / freezing snow / icing on the roof.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Venting - Any interior venting producing heat and/or moisture needs to be directed outside and not into the attic. This means completely outside, not into the attic soffit area.
- Insulate or Seal Recessed Lights - Any lights directly below will leak hot air into the attic, possibly causing ice dams on the roof above. Use sealed lights rated for insulation contact ("IC Rated"). DO NOT cover or insulate lights not rated for insulation contact.
- Insulate the Attic Hatch - Prevents warming of the attic from the heated living area below.
- Insulate the Attic - R40 insulation or greater if possible. Helps keep heat in the living area from bleeding into the attic.
- Seal Gaps - Any places where ductwork, chimneys, etc penetrate the attic floor should be caulked or sealed to prevent air leaks.
- Fix Ductwork - Ducts in the attic can leak warm air, make sure they are sealed. Use mastic or tape.
Allied Home Inspections LLC inspects attics, attic ventilation, and insulation as part of a Connecticut home inspection.