Is Your House Properly Insulated? Easy Ways To Tell
It’s easy to see if your house needs paint. The walls will be dull, chips revealing the old color underneath.
It’s much more difficult to determine if your house is properly insulated. You can’t peer behind the wallboard and assess how well the insulation is working. Insulation doesn’t come with easy-to-read warning signs telling you it’s not doing its job.
Or does it?
When built properly, your house is a well put together machine. Each piece works together to provide you with a safe, comfortable place to live. But over time, your house gives out certain warning signals telling you something is wrong. If your house is poorly insulated, you might notice it in these ways.
Higher Energy Bills
One of the easiest ways to tell how well your house functions is to monitor your energy bills from month to month, and year to year. You may use more energy if it’s one of the warmest or coldest months on record, for example. Or if you have guests who stay in your home for a couple of weeks during a month. But if a spike in use can’t be explained, that’s when it’s time to do a little more investigating.
Hot Rooms and Cold Spaces
Can you feel the difference just by walking room to room? Is one corner of your home always cold while another is perpetually warm? Has the variance been increasing in recent months? Your HVAC is designed with ductwork, vents, and registers to ensure properly conditioned air flows evenly throughout your home. It’s insulations’ job to ensure conditioned air doesn’t leak to where it’s not supposed to be.
Have you ever sat by a window or walked past a door and felt a draft of cool air? Improperly sealed windows and doors can leak as much as 25 percent of a home’s conditioned air. But it’s not the only place that can leak conditioned air. Cracks and crevices can appear and widen all over your home, especially as it ages. And without proper insulation, the air can flow right out, leaving a chill in the air.
But it’s never frozen before. We hear that a lot from homeowners who suddenly experience frozen pipes inside their home. Frozen pipes inside your walls are a clear indicator that your insulation is no longer doing its job. Proper insulation protects plumbing from the cold, and prevents damage from freezing weather conditions. Without it, you can face significant damage from sudden drops in temperature, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Instead of looking inside for potential problems, head outside instead. On the coldest days, take a good look at the roof of your home. Heat rises. If a house is poorly insulated, you’ll find ice and snow melts quickly on the roof, with the melting water trickling down towards your gutter where it can refreeze as it hits colder air. This can cause large chunks of ice to form in random places along your roof line. This can be a safety factor in and of itself.
What’s the easiest way to tell if your house is properly insulated? Schedule an inspection today. We’re happy to come in and evaluate your existing insulation levels and let you know where improvements can be made.