As the temperature continues to drop, it’s important to ensure that you are paying close attention to your home. As the snow falls and the wind picks up, this time of year can do a number on your heating bills and to your house. And, there may be one major culprit: your insulation. Insufficient insulation can lead to detrimental effects regarding the structure of your home as well as your health. In order to make sure you have proper insulation, there are signs to keep an eye out for. There are also ways to make sure that your home is keeping your family warm and toasty.
Changes in temperature
Do you find yourself continuously heading to the thermostat to adjust the heat during the winter months? Does it seem like you can never get the temperature to a degree where everyone feels warm and comfortable? Are you layering on the sweaters and blankets? If so, this might be a good indicator that your insulation needs to be replaced.
Sky high energy bills
While there can be several reasons why your energy bill is astronomical, you should consider having your insulation checked if this is the case. If heat is escaping out of the walls or attic space of your home, you are likely paying much more than you should be. Consider where else that money could be spent in your home. The investment of making sure your insulation is up to par is well worth it in the long run.
Leaks and/or mold
One of the most common signs of poor insulation is mold or water damage. If your insulation has become damp, then you are in trouble. You will want to have your insulation replaced immediately. Poor insulation also leads to hindering air flow, which can result in mold. This can be detrimental to both the structure of your home and to your health. If someone in your house suffers from conditions such as asthma, they may find that the colder temperatures impact overall health. Mold is also dangerous when inhaled and can lead to lung conditions due to the hazardous spores it releases.
When your insulation is installed properly, your pipes are well protected. However, if this isn’t the case, you run the risk of having issues with frozen pipes, roof and even with your water tank. The last think you want to deal with is a flooded basement during the holidays (or any time!). Therefore, make sure to have your insulation checked by a professional to save you from unwelcome damage and unsightly expenses.
When it comes to the structure of your home, it’s imperative that it is serving you in the best way possible. Investing in proper insulation will ensure you will have a warm home during the winter, and a cool one during the summer. Also, it will save you money and keep you and your family in good health.