I know this is off topic but it is heat related and you all are a knowledgeable bunch. I have an 18 year house and want to make sure all the heat my QF 7100 is kicking out is not flying up through the attic. Attic has batt insulation appears to be R 13 or 19 can't tell since its matted down alot. I have about 7.5" between 2nd floor ceiling and top of attic beam. My region says r49 now is the standard, i don't know if i can get it that high but would like something in the R30ish range. So if i assume that i currently have R19 which is matted down and depending on area has about 1-3" of a gap from the top of the insulation to the beam. I plan to fill in the gaps with cellulose insulation to the top of the beam. This will fill in all gaps and also get all of the insulation to the top of the beams consistantly. So with the existing and cellulose i should have an R value of R3 per inch so about R20-21. Then I plan on rolling batts of R-19 (criss crossing the existing) over top the beams and current insulation. I will use batts without the backing since the original already has this. This should get me up to R39-40 range. Part of the reason why i'm going with this approach is that I do have some storage space up there and also want the ability to be able to get to areas up there if needed (wiring, repairs, mouse traps etc). So i do have some plywood up there and figure i will just lay the batts over them and if i need to access it i will just move the batts out of the way. So here come the questions: Is my plan sound? Should i install R25 instead of the R19? Since I'm not doing a ton of cellulose can i install/spread by hand and not use a blower? Any tips on doing this and how to spread? If the existing insulation is blackened i've read that you should remove and seal any gaps that air is coming through. What should I use to seal it? Expanding foam? I dont think caulk will hold up long term. Areas where there is plywood, will adding the batts over it help insulate? They sell rolled insulation with a platic covering to help prevent itchyness, the platic is perforated to allow airflow. Should i be concerned with it building up moisture over time? Thanks any help, tips, advice or links to other helpful forums will be appreciated.