Staying warm and cozy during the cold weather months comes at a price—about 42% of your utility bill. However, if your home isn’t properly insulated, the warm air that your heating system is working so hard to create escapes through your walls and attic, raising your utility costs even further. A lack of proper insulation also puts your home at risk of invasive insects and critters, water damage, frozen pipes, and more. To protect your home (and your bank account), be on the lookout for these nine signs of an insulation problem.
1. Fluctuating Temperatures
A well-insulated home maintains a consistent temperature throughout. If your kitchen feels like an ice skating arena while your living room feels like a sauna, there’s a good chance your home lacks proper insulation.
2. Higher Energy Bills
If your home heating bills have been steadily increasing over the last few years, it may be time to replace your insulation.
3. Chilly Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
Your interior ceilings, walls and floors should always feel warm and dry. If they feel damp or cold, your home doesn’t have enough insulation. Alternatively, your exterior walls should always feel cold if your insulation is doing its job of keeping warm air inside your home.
4. Drafty Windows and Doors
Check to see if there is any cool air entering around your window frames and doorways. Chilly drafts are a sign that you need more insulation. Adding insulation will eliminate these cold air drafts and save you money on your energy bills.
5. Insects and Rodents
Ugh! There is nothing worse than finding insects and rodents in your home. Unfortunately, those same openings that allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter your home can lead to vermin invasions.
6. Moisture in Your Attic
A lack of proper insulation makes it easier for water to find its way into your home. Water damage can cause many costly problems down the road, including rot, mildew, and mold issues. If there’s moisture in your attic, you should replace your insulation as soon as possible.
7. A Lingering Mold Smell
If your home has a moldy odor to it, your insulation may be wet. This excess moisture provides a breeding ground for mold. If neglected, this can lead to a host of problems within your home.
8. Ice Dams on Your Roof
Ice dams occur when heat (rising from a poorly insulated home) melts the bottom layer of snow off of a roof. The water trickles down between the layers of snow and shingles and collects at the edge of the roof. This trickling water continues to freeze and build up. Any water that is backed up behind the ice dam can get into your home, resulting in mold, mildew, and rot damage to your walls, ceilings, and more.
9. Frozen Pipes
If you have frozen pipes, you have a serious insulation problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Frozen pipes—caused by poorly insulated exterior walls—can burst, causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
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As a homeowner, you want to do everything you can to maintain your home and protect the health and safety of your family. The pros at Cormack Construction are here to help. If you think you have a problem with your insulation, or any other concern, contact us. We’re happy to come out and take a look.