It is common for an American home to have insulation installed, mainly because of the changing seasons. Proper insulation comes with many advantages that one can enjoy, year round.
First, it makes your home more comfortable by helping retain heat during winter and reduce heat during summer. Second, it saves you money. Ultimate Radiant Barrier & Insulation says a well-insulated home can save up to 40% in electricity bills. Lastly, correctly-installed insulation prevents roof deterioration.
According to a 2015 study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, about 90% of American households are under-insulated. Faulty insulation may result in costlier energy expenses. Look for signs of damaged insulation to prevent these major inconveniences.
High Energy Bills
If your energy bill is higher than usual, it’s probably because your insulation is not working well. An under-insulated home leaks energy, which means your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has to work overtime to maintain the comfort of your home.
Leaks in the Attic
Poor insulation allows heat to escape. Similarly, it lets water in. The leaks can lead to ice dams, which may be dangerous to those below the attic. Additionally, if there are crevices in the attic, pests such as mice and insects can easily get in.
Varying Temperatures at Home
One of the functions of insulation is to regulate the temperature of the entire house. If the rooms in your house have varying temperatures, your insulation might not be in optimal condition. You can also touch the walls to see if your insulation works fine. Interior walls should be warm and dry. Meanwhile, exterior walls should be cold as the insulation should be able to confine the heat inside.
Part of a well-constructed house is proper insulation. If you think your home may be under-insulated, contact a service provider. You can install new insulation on top of an old one. Or, you can replace your old insulation. The cost may not come cheap. But, in the long run, better insulation will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in energy bills.