How Do You Know If Your Insulation Isn’t Working?
How do you know if your insulation isn’t working? Are there signs your home isn’t as efficient as it could be?
If your home was built more than 30 years ago, new insulation will help your home feel more comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside.
Depending on the age of your home, if you notice any of these signs, your home could benefit from adding more insulation.
Hot and Cold Rooms
One of the easiest ways to tell if your insulation isn’t working is if there are hot or cold spots throughout your home. Is there a back bedroom that’s always cold? Is your living room always hot, even when the master bedroom feels like a freezer? You can also watch for drats that exist throughout your home. Don’t forget to open up closet doors, especially if they have exterior walls.
We’re all a little more conscious of what we can do to save on energy bills. It’s hard not to notice when they keep increasing year after year. Don’t just accept increases; ask why. If there isn’t a reasonable explanation for a hike, it could be lack of insulation. You should also take notice if your air conditioner or furnace are running more. Do they turn on and stay on more hours of the day to keep your home at a comfortable temperature? If some of the conditioned air is seeping out because of lack of insulation, it causes your heating and cooling system to operate more.
Take a Look at Your Roof
On the coldest days of the year, head outside to see how efficient your home really is. If you have giant icicles forming along the roof, it’s a sign of heat loss. If you see spots on your shingles that melt while other spots stay covered with frost or snow, that’s a sign of heat loss. And it’s a sign you could benefit from adding more insulation.
Take a Peek at Your Current Insulation
This may seem obvious, but it’s a good idea to check on the condition of your insulation from time to time. Poke your head into the attic and look around. Do you see signs of moisture? Obvious leaks? Signs of pests? If something doesn’t look right, it’s time to get a professional out to evaluate the condition of your insulation and make a recommendation for the best way to proceed.