Even if your home is insulated, there is a good chance that it is still not sufficient. Unless you added insulation when you purchased or built your home, there is a 90 percent chance that it is not insulated enough. This is because the amount of insulation that is required according to code is not actually enough to comfortably cool or heat your home, and most builders are not going to go above and beyond to add more insulation than is required. Considering that more than 40 percent of your utility bill goes towards heating and cooling, it is important to prioritize proper home insulation. If you are wondering whether or not your home is sufficiently insulated, here are some signs you need to add more.
You can tell your home is well-insulated when the temperatures throughout your home are even. On the flip side, if there is a lot of temperature variation between rooms (say, it is freezing in the living room but you’re burning up in your bedroom), it indicates that your home needs more insulation.
Skyrocketing Energy Bills
One indication that you need to add more insulation to your home is if you have found your energy bills have started rising. It could be that the insulation in the walls have settled, making it less effective. This means heat and air escapes through the walls and the roof. It may not be obvious to you based on temperature shifts, but you will certainly see it on your energy bill. If you have noticed that your energy bills have gotten higher, it may be time to add more insulation to your home.
In winter, it is common for certain areas of the home to have drafts, caused by cool air entering through door or window frames. You don’t have to cope with them; add extra insulation to these areas and you will be warmer and have lower energy bills. Spray foam insulation is particularly good for getting in small cracks and preventing drafts.
Poor insulation doesn’t just let your heat or air out of your home, it also lets water in. Just as poor insulation lets heat out of your home, it also lets water in much more easily than a well-insulated attic. If you have leaks in your attic, it is a good sign that you should not wait on replacing your insulation.
If your pipes freeze in winter, this is a big indication that your exterior walls are not properly insulated. When your home is properly insulated, your pipes are protected from the freezing temperatures. If it is not, then your pipes are susceptible to damage, potentially costing you thousands of dollars. Before your pipes freeze, it is worth it to insulate your home further.
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