Posted on: Nov 19, 2019
Every homeowner should know if his or her home is properly insulated. However, gauging the level of home insulation is easier said than done. After all, most people buy a house that was built decades ago, so they have no way of knowing if there is ample insulation unless they are willing to open up the walls for an in-depth analysis. Let’s take a quick look at the best ways to tell whether your home is insulated well.
Take a close look at your home’s energy bills. If you notice an increase in your heating or cooling costs, your home might be lacking insulation. If you don’t have utility bills from the past to analyze for a point of comparison, contact the energy company to get an idea of what the utility bills were like before you moved into the house. Though heating and cooling costs have the potential to increase as the home ages, a considerable rise in monthly utility costs is a red flag indicating it might be necessary to enhance your home’s insulation.
If your home is uncomfortably cold or warm, you might be short on insulation. Though it’s also possible your HVAC system is heating or cooling unevenly, insulation is also of the utmost importance. If there is insufficient insulation, air will move out of certain parts of the home, making it too cold or warm. If your home has the proper level of insulation, your living space will be comfortable even on those egregiously hot or cold days.
Touch various parts of your house, such as the walls, ceilings, and floors on those especially chilly days. If the paneling and drywall in these areas feel dry, it’s a sign that there is sufficient insulation. However, if these parts of your home don’t feel warm and dry, you have an insulation problem.
If water leaks in the attic when it rains during the winter or if the windows leak when the sky opens up, your home is lacking insulation. Poorly insulated windows and walls allow much more than cold air into your living space since insufficient insulation also allows water to move inside when it rains. Even a small amount of water infiltrating your living space is a sign that additional insulation must be installed.
If you sense cold drafts along with the doors, windows, floors, or outlets in your home, it’s a sign of insufficient insulation. Drafts located around the floorboards result from inadequate insulation of the rim joist. Drafts around the outlets are the result of a lack of insulation within the walls.
Frozen pipes are a common sign of insufficient insulation. If you don’t have adequate insulation around the pipes that move through the walls or crawl space of your home, the bitterly cold temperatures will freeze the pipes. Dealing with one or several frozen pipes is stressful enough in and of itself; once you add in the money it costs to repair a frozen pipe, you’ll recognize just how important it is to have your home properly insulated.
Our insulation services will keep your home, business, or other building at the optimal temperature throughout the year. Reach out to us at Airco Service today for a free insulation quote. You can contact our insulation installation team by calling 918-252-5667.