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Dr. Energy Saver, A Blackdog Affiliate Case Studies: Attic Insulation in Salem, NH

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd


Mark, a Salem, NH homeowner, had just purchased a very expensive large home. It newly constructed, so he assumed he wouldn't have any issues. New construction has to be to code, so all should be well, right? Kind of. Oftentimes, code isn't good enough. Even when homes are insulated to code, in colder climates, homeowners might need more. Mark experienced excessive ice dams the first winter he lived in his house.


Dr. Energy Saver Northshore performed an energy audit on Mark's home. We found several things that were causing his ice dams. Most of the issues were in the attic. We used spray foam to insulate ducts, this keeps hot air hot and cool air cool, as it travels about the house. We blew in cellulose to level R60, the warmest! We also made sure that no air was escaping into the attic by sealing around can lights and covering the stair hatch. Now Mark's home is insulated correctly and his ice dam issues will be greatly reduced.

About the author
Gwen Hurd, Marketing Assistant, earned her BA in English from UMass Amherst and her MA in Communication from SNHU. Gwen found herself excited about all things house & home when she invested in a 260 year old NH farmhouse.

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