Category: Home Maintenance

Common Signs That Your Home Insulation Needs To Be Replaced

Every homeowner knows that quality insulation is an element that you can’t afford to do without. Insulation helps in regulating the air flow inside your home and keep each room at a consistent temperature. But, when insulation goes wrong, it can create a problem throughout your entire house. If a crawl space or attic insulation has become ineffective or has not been installed at all, it might cause uncomfortable and dangerous consequences on indoor air quality and temperature regulation. If you are looking to re-insulate your home, read more here to get in contact with a professional contractor.

These are the common signs that tell you if your home insulation needs to be replaced

Changing indoor temperatures

If the indoor temperatures of your house are constantly changing, that is a sign that your crawl space and attic insulation must be replaced. This is due to insulation that has shifted in the attic areas and is allowing heat or cold air into the house, sabotaging the heating and cooling system’s attempts at regulating the indoor temperature. Resetting the insulation and adding extra batting will quickly rectify such problems.

High energy bills

High energy bills are signs of a poor crawl space or attic insulation. Inadequate or a complete lack of insulation in the attic and crawl spaces areas causes the outdoor weather temperatures to sneak into your home. In the summer, the air conditioner must work twice as hard. In the winter the heater has to clock overtime hours to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Animal infestation

If rats, squirrels, mice, snakes or bats have made your attic or crawl space their latest residence, it is time to replace your insulation. The last thing you want is to evict the critters only to find that they have left grime and feces all over your insulation. It is also possible that some pests have left babies hidden in the insulation. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see evidence of animals in your crawl space or attic it is important to inspect your insulation for traces of these rascals.

Wet insulation

If the insulation becomes damp, moist or sopping wet, it must be replaced immediately. A leaky roof, blocked vents, a basement flood or the absence of vapor barriers may cause attic and crawl space insulation to become wet.  Wet insulation can grows mold that releases dangerous mycotoxins into the air, and also the moisture will cause the insulation to become ineffective. Those small air pockets that are instrumental in trapping the air and maintaining the temperature are plugged with water, rendering the insulation useless.

Indoor drafts

A poor insulation job will allow drafts to enter your home. When there is not enough blockage between the outside air and the inside atmosphere, cold drafts will infiltrate the house.

If you are experiencing some of these common situations, try to look for a qualified contractor to make the proper installation for re-insulating your home. This video provides the differences and advantages between cellulose and fiberglass insulation.