Owning a house can be a rewarding experience and for some, it’s a quintessential component of the American dream. But for others, it can create some unique challenges. This is especially true when you’re dealing with owning a property for the first time.
Among the top challenges…insulation problems.
If your home isn’t properly insulated, it can create a variety of household issues that range from a minor headache to an expensive migraine.
To help you determine if your home is under insulated, our team has put together this list of nine tell-tale signs to watch out for.
1. Inconsistent Household Temperatures
If your home is well insulated, you’ll enjoy consistent temperatures throughout the rooms in your house. But with poor insulation, you’ll notice considerable temperature fluctuations from one room to the next.
This is a by-product of heat retained in areas where the insulation is stronger and escaping in rooms where your home could benefit from the support of more effective insulation.
2. Energy Bills Are High
It takes a lot of power to keep a home temperature controlled. This is particularly true if you live in a state that has extreme highs and lows on the temperature front.
The issue becomes even more critical when your home is not properly insulated. When the insulation is bad, your heating and cooling appliances will have to work around the clock to keep your living space comfortable.
That round the clock attention means high energy bills. Investing in proper insulation for your home will pay for itself in lower heating and cooling bills.
3. Your Walls and Ceilings Are Cold to The Touch
If your walls sting your hands at night because of how cold they are or if you notice cold floors and ceilings, poor insulation could be the culprit.
4. Issues with Pests
Insulation not only keeps your house climate controlled but it also keeps undesirable rodents and pets out.
5. Water Leaks
If you have an attic area that seems to be getting wet and moldy after periods of heavy rain, it’s could be damaging your insulation. With new insulation in place, you can keep water and moisture out.
6. Pipes Freeze on a Regular Basis
If you live in an area that faces freezing temperatures in the winter, you should have confidence that the pipes in your walls are safe from the elements and can continue their normal function. That’s assuming, of course, that your insulation was done correctly.
Poor wall insulation during freezing winters can mean costly pipe repairs. The expenses associated with repairing and replacing pipes can dwarf the costs involved with having an insulation expert apply more insulation to boost the degree to which your home gets protected.
7. Ice Dams
A well-insulated home will keep warmth generated from your heater, stove, or fireplace from emanating outside of your home. This can be very important during cold and snowy winters.
If heat from your home escapes through your ceiling and melts snow from your roof, the resulting water runoff can head towards your gutters. If this happens, it can refreeze and block them up. This process can also lead to dangerous icicles.
If ice dams your gutters or excessive icicle formation is something you notice often, roof insulation can help.
Fluctuating air temperatures and winds can penetrate a house that is poorly insulated and create indoor drafts. This comes as a surprise to many first-time homeowners who don’t understand why they’re experiencing drafts when all the windows and doors closed.
If you struggle with drafts in your home and you’re not sure where they’re coming from, chances are insulation is to blame.
9. Noise Permeation
Insulation does a great job at helping to keep noises from your house from leaking out into the street and vice-versa.
If you’re getting frequent noise complaints from neighbors or are having difficulty sleeping because of loud street noises outside, you may find some reprieve on both fronts by having insulation added to your home.
Wrapping Up 9 Signs That Your Home is Under Insulated
There are a lot of issues that homeowners will experience as they get to know their property better. What many don’t realize is that a lot of the most puzzling problems they face, from bug infestations to noise issues, can be improved with better insulation.
If any of the signs listed above sound like something you’re dealing with on a day-to-day basis, you should get in touch with an insulation specialist. They can assess your situation and offer you cost-effective solutions for all your under insulated issues.
At Good Life Energy Savers, we help families and businesses in New York and Connecticut improve their insulation at reasonable prices. After working with us, our clients are able to enjoy the savings and comfort of living and doing business in a well-insulated space!
Contact us today to learn more about the insulation services we provide and for your free insulation estimate!