December 22, 2015

3 Steps to Winterize Your Home
Winterizing Your Home


Attic Insulation Minneapolis


Preparing your home for the winter

If you’re a Minnesota homeowner then you should already understand the significance of winterizing your home. But some of us don’t fully understand the benefits that come with updating your attic’s insulation and attic ventilation system. These are the three places you should understand when researching new insulation.

Upgrade Your Attic Insulation


Attic Insulation Minneapolis MN

1. Do you have enough attic insulation?

Energy companies such as Center Point Energy Rebate and Xcel Energy are asking residential homes to have 17-18 inches (R-value 50) of loose fill insulation in their attics. This amount of insulation has been proven to offer the best results for reducing energy loss. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation both offer great value to properties short on insulation.

We tend to work on older properties that have 5-8 inches of insulation in their attic. This is 10-13 inches less than the recommended value by the state of Minnesota.

Do you qualify for a Minnesota energy rebate? We offer free consultations and can answer your questions about the energy rebate program.


Attic Ventilation MN

2. Do you have proper ventilation in your attic?

That means – intake and exhaust ports. Your attic’s ventilation is a very important component to mitigating ice dams from forming on your roof and keeping ice from building up on the inside of the roof deck. The net free area should be calculated before roofing and insulation projects to determine what ventilation (intake/exhaust) should be installed. Soffit vents should be unclogged and protected with vent chutes.

Ignoring ventilation in your roof and attic system is a mistake many property owners and some contractors make. Make sure Net Free Area is calculated before installation is completed.


Air Sealing Attic MN

3. Are your pipes, wires and recessed lights air sealed?

Sealing the bypasses in your attic is important to keeping an air tight home. Older homes tend to allow heat to escape through the attic bypasses such as recessed lighting, electrical wires, and pipes that travel through your ceiling. Spray foaming around these bypasses keeps warm air from leaking into your attic.

Our crews are able to pinpoint leaking areas using diagnostic equipment such as blower doors and thermal guns on all of our projects.

Call Stinson Services today for a free consultation 952-933-4510 or email


Written By Thor Josefson