Insulation that functions as it’s supposed to keeps the heat inside your home and lowers your gas bill. Keep your eyes and ears open for these signs that it’s time for new insulation.
Allergies in Your Home
If your insulation gets exposed to moisture it can start to form mold. When mold is formed, it makes the air around it toxic. The first sign you may notice is that you are experiencing allergic reactions to something in your home. If that is the case, get your attic checked out for water leaks and mold formations.
Rodents in your Attic/Walls
Rodents tend to make their homes in the insulation in attics and walls. While doing this, they burrow into the insulation and soil it with urine, making it ineffective. If you hear scratching in your ceiling or walls, it’s time to check if rodents have made your attic their home. If they have, it’s likely they’ve damaged the insulation and possibly wood beams and wires. Have a professional come take a look to see if your insulation needs to be replaced.
Some Rooms are More Comfortable Than Others
Not all insulation is ruined at the same time. Most of the time, only one room has bad insulation while another one is perfectly fine. If you notice that your living room is the perfect temperature, but your bedroom is unbearably cold at night, then there is likely a problem with your insulation.
When the insulation in your attic isn’t sufficient enough to block out outdoor temperatures, the cold temperatures quickly seep in. If you are noticing cold air going through your home after you’ve closed all the windows and doors, then it is most likely a problem with your insulation. Check out your attic to see if there is damage to the insulation there or if it is wearing away.
High Energy Bills
High energy bills are an easy way to notice if your insulation is bad. They are also an incentive to get your insulation replaced as soon as possible. Not only are you paying a lot on your monthly bills, but you’re wearing out your heater and AC units much faster than if the insulation was adequate. This will cost you even more over time as you’ll have to get those replaced.
Your Home is Always Cold
If you are constantly running your heater but your home isn’t retaining any of that heat, it’s likely it has something to do with your insulation. Insulation wears down over time so it may be time for a replacement.