Insulating your home is one of the best things you can do for your health, wallet, and investment. Just like anything though, it’s vital to ensure that it is up to date and installed correctly, so that you can reap the best benefits of home insulation. There can be serious health and financial consequences if your insulation isn’t performing optimally – if your insulation is old or ineffective, it will literally pay to find out.
Here are 4 signs that it may be time to look into replacing your insulation.
Changing Indoor Temperatures.
If the indoor temperatures of your home are constantly changing, that’s a sign that your insulation should be replaced. Well-insulated homes take a while to respond to outside temperature changes, as good insulation impedes the transmission of heat. If your home responds rapidly to temperature shifts, however, that likely means your insulation has thinned down. You might either need to replace it or add more.
When parts of your insulation wear down, the winds can exploit your homes new found weakness, and then you get a suction effect where wind pushes its way through the gap and sucks warm air out of the house so the cold can replace it. The draft you feel is this cold air muscling its way in and shoving your warm air out.
Out of control energy bills
If your energy bills are fluctuating rapidly as the seasons change, that’s a sure fire signal that your insulation is becoming ineffective. If in winter, your heater is working around the clock and in summer your air conditioner is cranking 24/7, then usually your insulation is to blame. Cooling and heating systems are necessary to maintain a consistent level of comfort in your home and add an extra level of control over your house temperature, but they shouldn’t be working overtime.
If the insulation become moist, damp, or sopping wet, there is no salvaging the material. It must be replaced immediately. Blocked vents, a leaky roof, a basement flood, or the absence of vapor barriers can cause crawl space or attic insulation to get wet. Not only can wet insulation grow mould that releases dangerous mycotoxins in to the air, but the moisture causes the insulation to become ineffective. The tiny air pockets that are instrumental in trapping the air and maintaining the temperature are plugged with water, rendering the insulation useless.
Insulation is essential in living comfortably. Having quality, up-to-date insulation will ensure your house feels like a home year round.
If you’re worried about any potential heating or cooling problems, get in touch today. Our technicians are happy to help make sure you have everything you need to stay warm this winter.