Home insulation might not be an exciting procedure as buying new appliances for the living room or re-doing the kitchen, however, it is extremely important when you want to make your home feel comfortable and reduce energy costs. Not only does insulation keep you warm during winters and cooler during summers, it also helps to save energy at home and ensure your home energy saver.
Here are some of the things that you can check out to ensure that your home is properly insulated:
1. The room temperature is fluctuating
The distribution of heat plays a crucial role in ensuring the insulation of your house. In case your room is feeling cooler than the rest of your house, it is a sign that your house has a drafty window, duct passing or a door that is passing through an uninsulated area in your home. The warm air coming from the furnace will flow through the cool space and lose the heat by the time it will reach the room. You can also use energy saving bulbs as an alternative.
2. Energy bills are soaring
It might be difficult to notice slight temperature shifts in the home but that can reflect on the energy bill of your house. You should keep an eye on the monthly bills and notice any spikes in the cooling or heating charges. In case you see a sharp increase in the monthly bill then it means that your furnace is facing issues while maintaining the temperature setting.
In such a scenario, even a small air leak through the crack in the wall, hole in the ceiling or a poorly insulated area can result in high energy costs.
3. Interior walls are freezing cold
One of the simplest ways to test whether the walls in your home are under-insulated is to do the touch test. The walls in the home interiors, floors, ceilings should feel warm and dry when you touch them. If you feel that the walls are cold, damp, or have moisture in them, then it will result in heat loss due to the cracks and under-insulation.
4. Snow is melting on your roof
Under-insulated homes can be easily spotted after a snowstorm. In case you see that your neighbor’s home has a foot of snow after a snowstorm, but the roof is clear or is showing signs of melting snow, then it is an indication of poor insulation. This might be caused due to insufficient insulation or improperly insulated pot lights.
Due to the increased flow of water, shingles might get damaged which can result in water leakage into the attic and can eventually lead to mold growth.
5. Ice dams are growing on your roof
In case you find that the snow present on your roof is melting, then there are chances that you might have to see ice dams or icicles forming in the gutters. The warm air that escapes out of the attic heats and melts the snow layers on your house’s roof and causes the water to flow along the edge of the gutter. The water then freezes when it hits colder air and causes the ice dams and icicles to damage the roof and gutters.
Check for these above-mentioned factors when home insulation is concerned, and that will help you ensure that your house is properly insulated.