Can You Put Too Much Insulation Into Your Home?
How much insulation is hidden behind your walls, underneath your floor boards, and up in your attic?
Not sure? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of homeowners assume they have the proper level of insulation, and never think twice about wondering if it’s so. If your original contractor filled your home with insulation, it has to be the correct amount … right?
Like any home maintenance project, insulation isn’t something you install once and never have to think about again. You might notice your home isn’t properly insulated if you suddenly have cold spots in your home. Or maybe your utility bills have been creeping up with no reason at all.
That’s a sign your home in under insulated. It could be from poor insulation. It could be from damage to the insulation in your attic. An under insulated home is costing your money, and by adding insulation, you can make your home more comfortable, more energy efficient, and save money in the process.
But what about over insulated? Is it possible to have too much insulation in your home?
If a home is over insulated, it means the insulation is too tightly sealed, and moisture can get trapped inside and cause problems to your home and your health.
Without proper ventilation, moisture can move where it shouldn’t be, especially in the attic where warm air rises. When warm air mixes with moisture, it starts to grow. Biological growth can cause damage to your home, and to your health.
If you’ve noticed changes in the way your home normally functions, an inspection of your insulation might be worth it. Whether it reveals your insulation isn’t up to par, it’s under insulated, or over insulated, it will benefit you in many ways, including:
- Making your home more comfortable on all levels
- Reduce drafts or uneven temperatures from room to room
- Reduce the amount you pay for your energy bills each month
This is why insulation installation is never a DIY project, as it’s important to get the amount right for optimal living.
Think your insulation might not be at its optimal level? Give us a call today.