Simple Ways to Weatherize: How to Pick the Correct Size Attic Tent

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During extreme weather months, the attic tends to be the area of the home that gets the coldest. This is because attic-tentmost attics are not well insulated, and are either too hot or too cold. Attic doors typically act as an escape for air from the attic, which then mixes with the air inside the home, increasing energy bills. Insulating the attic door with an Attic Tent is a light-weight, simple, and cost-effective way to reduce the amount of unwanted air infiltration from the attic into the home, and it comes in many sizes to fit over many different attic doors.

Choosing the right size attic stair insulation for your attic can be accomplished with just one tool: measuring tape.

  • Measure the width of the attic door across (typically 22″ to 30″)
  • Measure the length of the attic door across (typically 54″ to 60″)
  • If your attic is one that has the usual triple-fold staircase, then you should measure the height of the staircase when folded (typically 7′ to 13’)
    • 7’ height is necessary for an attic ladder side rail made with a 1×4
    • 13′ height is necessary for an attic ladder side rail made with a 1×5 or 1×6

A benefit to the attic tent is that it offers some flexibility with the measurements. Whether you order a size that is 2-3 inches too small or 2-3 inches too large, this type of attic stair insulation has some give that allows the tent to fit over the door that is being insulated. The Attic Tent is lightweight, weighing no more than 5-6 pounds, easy to install and pays for itself in energy savings within the first year. Once you know the right size necessary for your attic, you will be well on your way to reducing the amount of unwanted air exchanges that occur through the attic.

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2 thoughts on “Simple Ways to Weatherize: How to Pick the Correct Size Attic Tent

  1. Cynthia Bethea says:

    Do u custom make these attic covers? I have permanent stairs that lead into an attic opening that is 31″ by 120″.

  2. Conservation Mart says:

    Hi Cynthia,
    Unfortunately, we do not custom make this item, and don’t have one to offer that will fit that size attic opening. Perhaps an online search of “Custom Attic Tents” will help you find what you’re looking for. Best of luck!

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