Poor insulation or a lack thereof can make your home inefficient. Many older homes aren’t well-insulated and even newer properties can benefit from improvements. An insulation service professional can determine whether you need better insulation, but there are signs it’s time to give one a call.
Turning off lights can save some energy but usually doesn’t make a big difference. If you see a significant increase in your monthly electric bill, poor insulation may be the reason. The attic or crawl space may be the source of the problem. Heat or cold temperatures can affect your home if these areas aren’t properly sealed and insulated.
If your heater runs continuously all winter or your air conditioner runs non-stop all summer, your insulation may need to be updated. Contact a professional if you’re using your heater or AC more than in the past or feel drafts near windows, doors, and other locations.
Poor insulation or air leakage can make your living room chillier or the bedroom stuffier than other parts of your home. The temperature should not fluctuate as you go from room to room. If it does, your home may be losing heat at the top and cold air may be filtering in through lower sections.
When your home isn’t properly insulated, moisture and humidity levels can increase. Existing insulation may be water damaged. You may notice stains on walls and ceilings, damp floors, or moldy smells. These indicate you need an insulation service to have damaged materials replaced.
Pipes in exterior walls or that run outside your home, in the attic, or through the basement should be insulated. If not, they can freeze in winter and burst, causing major water damage. Call a professional to insulate your pipes if they’re exposed. It can save a lot of money later.
Poor or deteriorated insulation can let water in from outside. If water is leaking into the attic, new insulation may be needed. Replacing or improving your insulation can stop water infiltration and prevent mold.
Icicles and ice dams are signs of poor insulation. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, warm air can escape and heat the snow above, forming ice that can damage shingles and siding. Over time, the damage can accumulate and cause your roof to leak.
If your allergy symptoms get worse at home, you likely have dusty or moldy insulation. New insulation blocks out air that has pollen and other allergens. It may help alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, coughing, or headache.
Insects, rodents, and other pests use any crack or crevice to seek shelter. Mice, rats, fleas, bedbugs, and other unwanted guests can burrow through insulation and some insects even feed off it. If your home is infested, your insulation may be the reason. Higher-quality insulation prevents them from getting in and finding harborage in warm, soft materials.
If the sounds of traffic, chatty neighbors, and barking dogs disrupt life at home, it may be time to update your insulation. High-quality materials will block noise. Therefore, it won’t distract from indoor activities or disrupt your sleep.
Insulation that’s falling from its source must be replaced. It may appear thin, worn out, or wet. When inspecting insulation, wear gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask, and note the type, its thickness, and whether it’s blocking ventilation. Turn off the circuit breaker and remove outlet covers as well; using a flashlight, determine if any insulation is present.
If your inspection turns up any concerns, contact a professional to schedule an insulation service.
NexGen is the region's leading HVAC and insulation services contractor. Our qualified technicians can address the causes of energy loss, drafty walls, fluctuating temperatures, roof problems, and high energy bills. They can insulate any part of your home. Whether your attic, exterior walls, crawlspace, floors, basement, foundation, or air ducts need to be insulated, you can count on us for professional installation and an industry-best warranty of up to 12 years. We offer various financing options as well to meet your individual needs.
Our home insulation contractors are ready to help. To request a consultation, free estimate, and professional insulation service, call 833-729-9735 today.