Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to home insulation. But if your home isn’t properly insulated, it can lead to a host of problems, from skyrocketing energy costs, to water damage, to mold growth. To protect your home and family, it’s important to know the signs of an insulation problem. Read on to know what you should look for.
1. Rising Energy Bills
Take a look at your home’s energy bill history. If your energy use has continued to rise over the past few seasons, your insulation may be failing you. Chances are, your AC unit or furnace is working overtime to maintain a consistent level of comfort in your home.
2. Uneven Room Temperatures
Does the temperature of your home vary significantly from room to room? If your home is well-ventilated, but still has cold or hot spots, it isn’t properly insulated. All that money you’re spending to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter is literally going out the window.
3. Cold Drafts
A cold draft—caused when cool air enters through the cracks and crevices around your windows and doorways—-is an obvious sign of a common home insulation problem. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows are the source of 25 to 30 percent of a home’s heat gains and losses.
4. Attic Moisture
If your attic insulation is moist, it’s a sign of bigger problems to come. Chances are, you have blocked vents or a leaky roof, which will obviously damage your insulation and make it useless. Wet insulation will ultimately grow mold, releasing hazardous mycotoxins into the air.
5. Ice Dams
Ice dams, a thick ice buildup along the eaves of your roof, can be a sign of a poorly-insulated attic. Without proper attic insulation, heat is allowed to escape through your roof. This causes snow to melt and trickle down along the edge of your roof, where it eventually refreezes. Sure, these sparkling ice formations are pretty, but beware! Ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, allowing water to seep into your home.
Insulation Installation and Replacement in Northern and Central NH and Western ME
If you think you have an insulation problem, or are looking to upgrade or replace your home’s insulation to reduce your energy costs, contact the pros at Cormack Construction. We’ll meet with you to discuss your options.