Insulation around those Recessed Cans

gweedogweedo Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭
Found a great article at another site about insulating around those recessed cans and thought this would be another great place to post.

The cans seep a lot of air to and from the attic, some studies showing as much as $10 per year per can. Having 12 recessed cans in Central Florida, I'm doing it.

Link is here: http://www.greenbuildingtalk.com/Forums/tabid/53/aff/14/aft/76093/afv/topic/afpg/1/Default.aspx

And the "Money Pic" is here (attached):

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Comments

  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Insulation around those Recessed Cans

    once done do not ever go to a standard incandescent even temporarily as the heat would build up fast and create a hazard even if you went to a lower wattage bulb.
  • dreesdrees Solar Expert Posts: 481 ✭✭✭
    Re: Insulation around those Recessed Cans

    They also have cans rated for direct insulation contact which are basically air tight, don't they - why not use those instead of the box around the can?

    I guess if the cans are already in the ceiling, that's a good retrofit - otherwise why not use the proper can from the start?
  • gweedogweedo Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭
    Re: Insulation around those Recessed Cans

    Have existing cans, that's why. Should have explained that.

    Best
  • dreesdrees Solar Expert Posts: 481 ✭✭✭
    Re: Insulation around those Recessed Cans

    Yeah, looks like a pretty easy way to seal up those cans. And the insulation board is pretty inexpensive. I would think that foil backed board might hold up to the heat better.

    The bigger you can make the box, the better.
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