Your home should be your sanctuary and the one place in the world you feel the most comfortable, figuratively and literally. If you’re noticing any of these six signs, your best course of action is to reach out to a reputable insulation contractor that put together a plan tailored for your unique situation.
Ice Dams: One of the most damaging ways lackluster insulation in your home can spell trouble is through the creation of an ice dam. They’re created when warm air in your home filters up to your unheated attic, creating warm areas on your roof. These warm areas lead to melting snow, which trickles down the slope of your roof. Upon reaching cold overhangs, the water refreezes. As the process repeats itself, ice builds up along a home’s eaves, causing the ice to dam. The problem with this scenario is that over time the ice dam causes water back up under your shingles and into the rooms of your home. Insulation that becomes wet due to ice dams becomes moldy and must be replaced.
Skyrocketing Utility Bills: If you’re noticing steady increases in your utility bills over the past few years and you haven’t been tampering with your thermostat, it’s probable that your home’s insulation needs to be reexamined. It’s possible that your attic’s blown-in insulation may have settled, rendering it less efficient. A result can be areas of your home that are left vulnerable to frigid temperatures. This causes your furnace to work harder, raising your utility bills all while allowing the heat you paid for to filter out through your walls and attic.
Drafty Rooms: If a professional has ruled out windows and doors as the issue, it’s quite possible that your attic insulation is to blame. That’s because when there isn’t an adequate barrier between exterior air and interior atmosphere, cold drafts can permeate a home.
Chilly Walls & Ceilings: As a rule, interior ceilings and walls should feel warm and dry. If you touch them and notice dampness and coolness, it’s a red flag that more insulation needs to be added. Do note that exterior walls will be cooler because insulation is preventing interior air from exiting the home.
Frigid Flooring: This scenario often incorrectly gets blamed on your home’s furnace not functioning, as it should. However, it can actually be a sign of insulation in need of improvement. In most homes, air movement typically contributes to an uneven indoor temperature. Due to the fact that hot air rises and cold air falls, interior temperatures are impacted on each floor in the house. Homes with poor insulation permit cold air to filter in during the winter months, causing floors to be colder than they should be.
Inconsistent Home Temperatures: Proper levels of home insulation means the temperature within your home remains the same throughout. If you’re noticing dramatic differences between rooms not caused by your thermostat, it’s likely your insulation has something to do with it.
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