You rely on your home’s insulation to help keep you comfortable all year round. Meanwhile, quality insulation can help you save on your energy bills and minimize the amount of outside noise that makes its way into your house.
So, how do you know when it’s time to re-insulate your home? There are a handful of things to watch out for.
Your HVAC Bills Are Through the Roof
Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills? If so, and if your HVAC system isn’t to blame, then it might just be that your insulation needs to be upgraded. This may also be the case if your HVAC system seems to be working harder to keep your home comfortable, as a lack of quality insulation may mean that your furnace or AC is running more than it should.
Your Home is More Than a Few Decades Old
Believe it or not, it wasn’t until the mid-1980s when building codes actually began to require insulation in homes. Prior to this, it was not entirely uncommon to find homes with no insulation at all. And even once insulation became a building requirement, the quality of insulation used was not great. If your home was built more than a few decades ago, there’s a good chance you could benefit from re-insulation.
Your Rooms Feel Drafty
If you notice drafts in your home, it can be easy to blame your windows and doors. However, drafts can also come from poor insulation. If you’re noticing an increase in drafts throughout your home or if you find that there are major temperature differences throughout different spaces in your home, then it’s probably time to re-insulate. Doing so can help to seal off gaps that may otherwise allow outside air in.
Your Home Gets Ice Dams
Ice dams (or ice that forms on the eaves of your home during the winter) is almost always a sign of insulation problems. That’s because these dams form when ice or snow melts on a roof due to hot air inside a home’s attic. If your home gets ice dams during the winter, it’s time to look into upgrading your insulation sooner rather than later.
You’re Bothered By Outside Noise
Are you constantly being bothered by outside noise from traffic, neighbors, or other sources? If so, then upgrading your insulation can be a great way to reduce the amount of outside noise that you can hear in your home. As a result, you can enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet no matter what may be going on outside.
Get Started With Re-Insulation Today
These are just a few telltale signs that it may be time to re-insulate your home. The good news is that this home improvement can be a lot easier and less expensive than you may think!